Instrumental Compositions and Arrangements
of
Michael L. Carroll

The MP3 files below are not recordings of human performers; they were generated from within Finale using the Garritan Personal Orchestra (GPO). Although the sampled sounds of the GPO are superior to ordinary synthesized MIDI sounds, yet there is still a computer-generated feel to these. They would sound much, much better, of course, with real human performers. Thus the files below are only intended to give you an idea. I've included PDF files along with the MP3 files; you follow along with the scores in the PDFs while listening to the MP3s.

You have permission to download the files and listen to them. However, you may not turn around and sell these particular files for commercial profit. But you certainly do have my permission to perform the music with real musicians; in fact, I can assist you by providing additional extracted PDF files of parts and MP3 files of the parts -- and it won't cost you anything. And if you do perform them, I'd love to hear the recording. You have my permission to sell those recordings commercially, as long as you give credit where credit is due. Thanks!

If you would like arrangements of these for different instruments or if you would like to commission me to compose a piece for any occasion, please contact me through my email: mcarroll_91786@yahoo.com

Title

MP3

PDF

Genre

Notes

YABLI in D

MP3

PDF

Classical

YABLI = Yet Another Bach-Like Invention.

YABLI in B-flat

MP3

PDF

Classical

YABLI = Yet Another Bach-Like Invention.

YABLI in C

MP3

PDF

Classical

YABLI = Yet Another Bach-Like Invention.

String Quartet in G Major

Ogg files: First, second, third and fourth movements.

See notes.


String Quartet in G Major: Ogg files: First, second, third and fourth movements. First movement is Allegro Moderato and second is a minuet. A third movement will be produced next week.

PDF Score of first movement.

Parts of First Movement: Violin1, Violin2, Viola, Cello.

PDF Score of second movement.
Parts of Second Movement: Violin1, Violin2, Viola, Cello.

PDF Score of third movement.

Parts of Third Movement: Violin1, Violin2, Viola, Cello.

PDF Score of fourth movement.
Parts of Fourth Movement: Violin1, Violin2, Viola, Cello.

Study in C for piano

MP3

PDF

Classical

A two-part, contrapuntal study. Just exploring wider tonalities.

Arrangement for 3 guitars of the 3-part fugue for piano below

MP3

PDF, Guitar 1, Guitar 2, Guitar 3.

Classical

. This is an arrangement for three guitars of the 3-part fugue below (originally in C for piano). This was inspired by hearing the San Francisco Guitar Quartet over the weekend in San Francisco and by talking to Mason Fish who is currently playing with the SFGQ. Mason plays a 7-string guitar, the extra string being a lower A string. I allowed the lower notes of the fugue to hit that string and I transposed everything to the key of E major to brighten it up, since the guitar can have an otherwise dark sonority. Although the piece is in E major, it sounds more like E minor when it kicks off. But it is certainly centered on E major. Here's the PDF score and the individual parts: Guitar 1, Guitar 2, Guitar 3.

3-part Fugue in C for piano.

MP3

PDF

Classical

3-part Fugue in C for piano.


2-Part Study for Piano

MP3

PDF

Classical

A 2-part study for piano. I call my pieces “studies” when I don't know what else to call it. This is sort of like an invention. It is very contrapuntal.

God Rest You Merry Gentlemen

MP3 | OGG

PDF: Piano
PDF: Alto Sax 1
PDF: Alto Sax 2
PDF: Clarinet in Bb 1
PDF: Clarinet in Bb 2
PDF: Flute
PDF: Guitar
PDF: Violin

Traditional

Here is a little simple two-part iintrumental arrangement of "God Rest You Merry Gentlemen". The main melody is in the lower register while the flute plays a descant line.

Wind Quintet in A

MP3

PDF

Classical

Wind Quintet in A for my oldest son, who is 28 today. Happy Birthday, Chris!

Song for Denis

MP3

Clarinet Part
Piano Part

Classical

This is a song without words for clarinet and piano, dedicated to the memory of Denis Bonin, the brother of a friend of mine.

Two Minutes to Five

MP3

Guitar

Violin

Jazz

A jazz piece written for me (guitar) to play with Jenifer Lindsay (violin).  There is also a sax version.

Variations on Folias de España

MP3

Score

Classical String Quartet

I wrote this today (11/28/09) after visiting the fabulous Folias website

Mazurka by Chopin

MP3 (coming soon)

Guitar 1
Guitar 2
Mandolin
Score

Trio for Mandolin and Two Guitars

I did this for a Dutch trio with mandolinist Sebastiaan de Grebber, guitarist Tom Edskes and guitarist Saskia Spinder. Here's a link to Sebastian playing solo mandolin.

Study in D for Guitar

MP3

PDF

Classical Guitar

 

Study in C for Guitar

MP3

PDF

 

Classical Guitar

 

Symphony in B Flat Major

 

 

 

All four movements on a separate web page.

Symphony in B Flat -- Fourth and Final Movement: Allegro

MP3

PDF Score

Classical Symphony

Probably the last movement of my B flat symphony.
(Posted 12/27/2008)

Blues in the Day

MP3

Alto Sax PDF
Guitar 2 PDF
Guitar PDF (block chords)

Jazz


A little minor blues experiment. Nothing to write home about. The tempo on the MP3 is 100, but slower might be OK. (Posted 10/27/2008)

Symphony in B Flat -- Third Movement: Menuett

MP3

PDF

Classical Symphony

This is the third movement of the Symphony in B flat and is dedicated to my wife on our wedding anniversary, which is today! The main theme of this minuet is taken from the familiar Gaelic song "Morning Has Broken" of which a version was recorded by Cat Stevens in the 60s. It is also sung as a hymn in many Catholic churches in the English speaking world. Also included is a second theme built as a trio performed mainly by flute, oboe and basoon and used as a modulation device; a trumpet variation of the main theme; an oboe version of the theme in a minor key (which I think works quite well); a cello and contrabass statement of the theme with temolo string accompaniment; a trumpet call for the ending using the intervals of a fourth reminiscent somewhat of the Andante movement (see below); and then a restatement of the "Morning Has Broken" theme before fading out.

(Posted 07/26/2008)

Symphony in B Flat -- Second Movement -- Andante

MP3

PDF

Classical Symphony

I composed this as a wedding present for my daughter Josi and new son-in-law Yoshi Stone. They were married on July 3, 2008. Their wedding website is at http://www.yoshiandjosi.com/.
The Andante I composed for Yoshi and Josi is intended to be the second movement of a four-part symphony composed in classical style. It exhibits a quasi-sonata form. It really has only two main themes (to symbolize Josi and Yoshi), although there are numerous counter subjects and themelets running around within the piece. The opening theme is dramatic in a minor mode (G natural minor). This is the male theme. It has a seriousness and depth to it that well suits Yoshi's personality, in my opinion. Yoshi is a very talented writer who is already on very successful successful in writing and producion for the dramatic arts. He also has an extremely funny side to him (which is not really featured in the symphony, however -- due to lack of time). Some of his productions for the "Deadliest Catch" are listed at Film.com. He has also produced some episodes for the Discovery Channel show "Black Gold".
Josi's theme in this piece is a bit more light-hearted and joyous represents the female antithesis to Yoshi's more dramatic theme. It is presented four times initially in fugal form. Later it is heard in a shortened version combined somewhat with major, but modified version of Yoshi's theme. I tried to feature the trumpet throughout, since both Josi and Yoshi have been trumpet players in the past. I hope I have captured a little of the joy that Josi and Yoshi have brought to each other and that they have certainly brought to me and my wife Leandra.
We are thrilled to have Yoshi as part of our family and to be part of his family. Yoshi's father is Rabbi Ira Stone of Philadelphia. He and his wife Annie are avid bicycle enthusiasts. Check out Ira's blog.
(Posted 07/05/2008)

"Were You There"

MP3

PDF

Classical Guitar

This is the traditional Good Friday piece arranged for solo guitar. It includes one variation.
(Posted 07/05/2008)

Prelude in D Minor for Guitar

MP3

PDF

Classical Guitar

This is solo guitar piece I wrote today for my friend and colleague Dr. Andrew Podolsky, who is a great of fan of guitar music. I plan to write a fugue in D major to go with it. Perhaps, I'll get started on it tomorrow, since I have a couple of days off from work for New Year's. (See next entry)
(Posted 12/29/2007)

Fugue in D Major for Guitar

MP3

PDF

Classical Guitar

OK, here's the promised fugue. You can hear the prelude and fugue together with this mp3 file.
(Posted 01/12/2008)

Mi Hijo y Yo

MP3

PDF

Classical Guitar

This is a duet for two guitars. I wrote it a couple of years ago to play with my son Dominic. Now that I have Finale 2008, I added dynamics and sampled sound with GPO.
Guitar 1 PDF
Guitar 2 PDF
(Posted 12/24/2007)

 

 

 

 

 

The Guadalupe Quintet

MP3

PDF

Classical

This is a quintet in D major for two woodwinds (oboe, bassoon) and three three strings (violin, viola, cello). It is called the Guadalupe Quintet in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, since I began writing it on her feast day December 12, 2007 and finished it on Sunday, December 16, 2007. It probably needs a few tweaks of the dynamics. This is sort of semi-sonata form. The piece exhibits three themes, the first two are classical, sort Mozartian in flavor. The third theme is definitely more Bach-like and only occurs in its initial presentation and immediate development; it is not re-presented at the reprise. The Bach-like theme is presented in a kind of fugal manner.(Updated December 23, 2007)

String Quartet in G

MP3

PDF

Classical

First movement: Allegretto (sonata form -- more or less). Updated 12/22/2007 with new an improved dynamics.

String Quartet in G: Minuet

MP3

PDF

Classical

Second movement: Minuet.

Quintet for Flute, Oboe, Violin, Viola, Cello

MP3

PDF

Classical

In E flat major. Has a slight Baroque feel.

Contrapuntal Study: Quartet for Flute, Violin, Bassoon, Cello

MP3

PDF

Classical

Experiment in counterpoint. This is one of my own personal favorites. I don't know why -- it just is.

Pange Lingua

MP3

PDF

Classical Guitar

This is a piece I wrote for a friend of mine, Patty Roney, who lost her husband Jim Roney this year. It is based on the Pange Lingua melody attributed to St. Thomas Aquinas. I added a counterpoint to the theme and inserted a short interlude at two places. The new GPO acoustic guitar sound that came with Finale 2008 sounds almost real! Well, at least it is better than synthetic MIDI.

 

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