Waltzing Matilda

Australian bush ballade

On a poem by Andrew Barton (Banjo) Paterson, Waltzing Matilda tells the story of a swagman who travels with his few belongings wrapped in a blanket. The title, literally “dancing the waltz with Matilda,” in this case means to travel with his swag, affectionately called with that woman’s name.

Transcription for recorder and piano by Massimo Pennesi.

 

Slim Dusty

Waltzing Matilda (1998)

Auld Lang Syne

Anonymous: Auld Lang Syne

Scottish traditional song, usually sung to celebrate start of the New Year. While the music is a folk tune of unknown author, the lyrics is by the Scottish poet Robert Burns, who collected it from an old man en 1788.

Transcription for recorder and piano by Massimo Pennesi. This interactive score was published first in the post Auld Lang Syne, in the blog educacionmusical.es.

Scene from the film It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Bedford Falls’ citizens give to George Bailey (James Stewart) their Christmas present.

Sakura sakura

Anonymous: Sakura sakura.

Japanese traditional song depicting spring. Its title means cherry blossom.

Transcription for recorder and piano by Massimo Pennesi. This interactive score was published first in the post Sakura sakura, in the blog educacionmusical.es.

Jake Shimabukuro

Amazing interpretation of Sakura Sakura by this great ukulele virtuoso.

Scarborough Fair

Anonymous: Scarborough Fair

Traditional English ballad. Its origin dates back to the Middle Ages.

Its current fame is mainly due to Simon & Garfunkel, whose version, released in 1966 as lead track of their album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, the names of the four aromatic plants mentioned in the second line of the lyrics of the song. Two years later it was included on the soundtrack of the movie The Graduate.

Transcription for recorder and guitar by Massimo Pennesi.

Simon & Garfunkel: Scarborough Fair

Live in Central Park, New York, 1981.

Bella ciao

Anonymous: Bella ciao
Italian partisan song

Based on a folk song sung by rice-weeders, Bella ciao is a partisan song, sung by the anti-fascist resistance movement active in Italy between 1943 and 1945.

Nowadays, not only in Italy but anywhere, it represents the resistance against any oppression and any threat to freedom.

Transcription for recorder and piano by Massimo Pennesi. This interactive score was published first in the post Bella ciao, in the blog educacionmusical.es.

Goran Bregovic: Bella ciao
Italy, 14 july 2011

Yankee Doodle

Traditional: Yankee Doodle.

Its Anglo-American origins date back to the eighteenth century. Nowadays it is considered a patriotic song in the United States and it is often played in parades.

It is the official anthem of Connecticut.

Transcription for two recorders and drum by Massimo Pennesi. This interactive score was published first in the post Vieuxtemps y Yankee Doodle, in the blog educacionmusical.es.

Henri Vieuxtemps: Souvenir d’Amérique, Variations burlesques sur “Yankee Doodle”, Op. 17 (1843)

Ann Fontanella, violin

When the Saints Go Marching In

Anonymous: When the Saints Go Marching In.

Gospel hymn, originally used as a funeral march in the traditional jazz funeral of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Transcription for two recorders, piano and drums by Massimo Pennesi. This interactive score was published first in the post Jazz funeral, in the blog educacionmusical.es.

Louis Armstrong – When The Saints Go Marching In

Greensleeves (What Child is This?)

Anonymous: Greensleeves

Traditional English folk song and tune, composed over a ground of the form called a romanesca in the second half of the XVI century.

The Christmas carol What Child is This?, with lyrics written in 1865 by William Chatterton Dix, is set to this traditional tune.

Transcription for recorder and guitar by Massimo Pennesi. This interactive score was published first in the post Greensleeves, in the blog educacionmusical.es.

The King’s Singers: Greensleeves

Taken from the 2008 BBC Proms concert in the Royal Albert Hall London.

Frère Jacques (round)

Anonymous: Frère Jacques (round).

Also known as Are You Sleeping?, this canon is a French nursery song. A famous quote of this song takes place on the 3rd movement of the Symphony no.1 of Gustav Mahler.

Transcription for four recorders by Massimo Pennesi. This interactive score was published first in the post Marcha fúnebre para un cazador, of the blog educacionmusical.es.

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 1, third movement

The first theme of the third movement of this symphony is a variation on Frère Jacques. In the following video there is the interpretation of Gustavo Dudamel leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Stella Splendens (The Red Book of Montserrat)

Anonymous (XIV century): Stella Splendens from Llibre Vermell de Montserrat.

Polyphonic dance for two voices from the Llibre Vermell de Montserrat.

Transcription for two recorders by Massimo Pennesi. This interactive score was published first in the post El libro rojo y la estrella brillante, in the blog educacionmusical.es.

Ensemble Alla Francesca