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

Ding dong! Merrily on High

Anonymous (s. XVI): Ding dong! Merrily on High

Traditional English Christmas carol.

George Ratcliffe Woodward (1848–1934) published this Christmas song in 1924 in his The Cambridge Carol-Book: Being Fifty-two Songs for Christmas, Easter, And Other Seasons. He is the author of the lyrics, while the melody is an ancient popular French song.

Transcription for recorder and piano by Massimo Pennesi. This interactive score was published first in the post Ding dong! Merrily on High, in the blog educacionmusical.es.

Anonymous: Ding dong! Merrily on High

Julie Andrews sings live at Christmas in Washington 1992.

We wish you a Merry Christmas

Anonymous (s. XVI): We wish you a Merry Christmas (Christmas song)

Traditional English Christmas carol.

The lyrics of this popular Christmas carol makes mention not only of Christmas but also of the New Year celebration, wishing good tidings to everybody.

Transcription for recorder and piano by Massimo Pennesi. This interactive score was published first in the post We wish you a Merry Christmas, in the blog educacionmusical.es.

Anonymous: We Wish you a Merry Christmas

Video with subtitles.