Recently I've been downloading some MP3 tracks from I site I ran into on
the internet, The Piano Society. They have a large selection of piano
works by many composers, all evidently public domain and free to the
I have to say that this site has no doubt saved me thousands of dollars
that I might otherwise have spent on albums. There is a lot of music there
which I know I wouldn't have gotten around to buying, or wouldn't have
thought of buying. For example, I now have the Paganini Etudes Op. 3 by
Robert Schumann — a work that I really like but which probably would
have taken me years to get around to buying given other priorities.
The performers are not well-known names. And of course like the upper
echelons some are better than others. And of course the engineering
quality is not Deutsche Grammophone. But so far I have yet to hear a
performance that I couldn't live with for at least a while.
Besides major works that I've downloaded, I've also compiled a nice
little album of some short pieces by various composers. So I thought
that I would like to share those and make them available here.
Short Piano Pieces: A Collection
Albeniz — Zambra Granadina (Monica Alianello)
Barber — Ballade Op. 46 (Monica Alianello)
Bartok — Romanian Christmas Carols Sz. 57 (Chris Breemer)
Copeland — Cat and Mouse (Jennifer Castellano)
Grieg — Funeral March (Knut Erik Jensen)
Mussorgsky — Une Larm (Monica Alianello)
Nielsen — Chaconne, Op. 32 (Martin Malmgren)
Poulenc — Melancholie (David April)
Ravel — Menuet Antique (Felipe Sarro)
Saint-Saens — Les Cloches du Soir (Chris Breemer)
Satie — Fantasie Waltz (Karla Rochelle)
Scriabin — Fantasie in B minor (Raul Martinez)
Smetna — On the Seashore (Richard Pohl)
Vaughn-Williams — The Lake in the Mountains (Chris Breemer)
Villalobos — A Lenda da Coboclo (Chris Breemer)
As always, it will take a minute or so for the file to open.