Welcome to our MP3 Download Donationware Collection of 500 Original Classical and Ragtime Recordings.
Original Percussion Arrangements of Classics and Ragtime - Musical Fun for Charity
Original Instrumental Music - New MP3 Recordings
We have now completed publication of a further 150 MP3 recordings of new
percussion based arrangements of classical pieces fresh colours from new world
instruments in exciting ways. This includes the addition of 18 new composers.
Many of our latest recordings feature a combination of a Balinese Gamelan Orchestra
with Marimbas, steel drums and vibraphones. These combinations have worked well
with Ragtime and other piano music. More surprisingly the addition of Ocarinas and
flutes for orchestral pieces including symphonies have produced consistently effective
results for all but the slowest movements.
The new recordings include Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Dvorak’s
Largo from 9th Symphony, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Sibelius
Finlandia, Wagner’s Ride of the Valkerie
Inspired by Emerson Lake and Palmer, Wendy Carlos and Evelyn Glennie amongst
others - our percussion arrangements belong to a Feel Good Electronica musical
genre - more than old wine in new bottles - they are original recordings which repay
active listening. For example our recordings of Beethoven's 3rd and 5th Symphonies
show how new world instrumentation can shed new light on even the greatest
classical creations - bringing them to life in fresh and exciting ways whilst remaining
true to the original spirit. This is born out with our interpretation of numerous
concertos and two symphonies by Dvorak including the Largo.
The digital recordings of these arrangements were compressed into MP3 files. They
are sampled at 48k Hertz and encoded at 192k bits per second - slightly better than a
CD. They are suitable for use with all your MP3 Players including iPods, iPads, iPhones
and Android devices and can readily be added to your collection by means of the
relevant software such as iTunes. But as with most music they benefit further from
good quality speakers or headphones.
We retain the copyright for
any public performance or
commercial use of our
recordings and the details
are spelt out in our
Commercial Page. But you
can download them free of
charge for your unrestricted
If you like the recordings
please make a donation to
Rotary International's End
Polio Now Fund.
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We provide some tips on
using our MP3 recordings
on iTunes and hence iPod,
iPhone and iPad.
How it works
You can find our new recordings via our
Composers menu page where the new
composers or those with substantially
more recordings are **.
The arrangements all use our established
combination of Steel Drums and Marimbas
supported by Gamelan, Harp, Ocarina, pan
flute and Vibraphone as appropriate.
They provide a variety of new
interpretations to lots of established
favourites such as Holst’s Planets, Mozart
Violin Concertos, Schubert’s Unfinished
Symphony, Ravel’s Bolero and Gershwin’s
Piano Concerto in F, Satie’s Trois
Gymnopedies and Katchturian’s Sabre