The Cider Press Unique PDF ebook collection for historical researchers,
music history researchers and for the just plain curious folks out there....
The Music Of
Renaissance Alchemist Michael Maier
Fugiens may well be one of the first multimedia productions
ever created. The work was created in 1617, by Renaissance
alchemist Michael Maier.The complete
title is Atalanta fugiens, hoc est, emblemata nova de secretis
naturae chymica. The publication is a complex early example
of multimedia art made up of 50 sections. Each section
contains an engraved emblem and has a verse and an epigram
associated with the emblem, and a short prose discourse which
elaborates an alchemical interpretation of the symbolism in
the emblem. Each of the 50 sections also includes a short and
unique musical canon composed by Maier.
You can go to our Atalanta Fugiens page
to learn more about this publication and about alchemist Michael
Maier and to listen to MP3 samples of the music from Atalanta Fugiens.
MusicOf The Spheres
Kepler (1571-1630) published his work Harmonices
Mundi, in 1619. This
work, in which he attempted to explain the harmony of
the world, was a series of five books and contained
what is known today as his third law. The work was
founded on geometry, from which Kepler derived first
a theory of musical harmony and then a cosmology of
the heavens and the earth. Kepler
was attempting to find common rules between music and
movement in the solar system. His music of the spheres
is based on the relative maximum and minimum angular
velocities of the planet measured from the sun. Using
his theories, Kepler allotted to the planets musical
intervals and musical motion.You can go to our Music Of
and listen to MP3 representations of Kepler's theories and order an MP3 collection of various planetary audio combinations.
This music was produced over
three decades using a variety of special music
generating software programs. Some of the more
primitive programs go back as far as the early "DOS"
operating system computers... all the way to custom
modern artificial intelligence (AI) software developed
and/or adapted here at Amaranth Publishing . Music created by
software & artificial intelligence
The music of one of the
"Last Hereditary Bards"
James William Carling, poet, artist, musician, painter, philosopher, songwriter...... referred to himself as one of the "last hereditary bards".
He was born into a very poor family on New Year's Eve in 1857 to Rose and Henry Carling in the "Irish Quarter'' in Liverpool.
His father Henry was a singer and composer of songs, ballads and poems, and by trade a blacking maker, as was his father before him. There was music, song and talent in the family, both in the present and the ancestors.
I have arranged 6 pieces of music from the handwritten (often difficult to decipher) music notation of James Carling, as he says, "one of the last hereditary bards".
Continually recurring to the mind....
"the cathedral organ and the distant voices have a haunting beauty" Beautiful, but in a
and often in a way which cannot be forgotten:
"a haunting melody"
We found these fascinating pieces of music in the appendix of an old book that was seriously damaged in the front of the book, but these pieces of music were in near perfect condition. The book was published in 1920 and these pieces of music were transcribed from live performances in Africa.
We have scanned the original music (68 pages) and prepared it as a PDF file, that is easy to read and print on standard size paper.
Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove were a group of Chinese scholars,
poets, artists and musicians of the mid-3rd century AD who banded
together to escape from the hypocrisy and danger of the official
world to a life of drinking wine, playing music and writing
verse in the country. Their retreat was typical of the Taoist-oriented
ch'ing-t'an ("pure conversation") movement that advocated freedom
of individual expression and as much as possible, escape from
extremely corrupt politics. Their ideal consisted in following
their impulses and acting spontaneously. Their outstanding collective
characteristic was their sensitivity to the beauties of nature. We have created a unique collection of Chinese music in honor of The Seven Sages...
Traditional Chinese Music PDF
This collection includes 21 notated pieces of traditional Chinese music and includes a very unique publication... Paper On Chinese Music (published in 1898) that is a very well done history of Chinese music and includes 30 notated examples of this ancient music. Included in the examples is the unique notation of the legendary, fabled Chinese "Phoenix notes" as well as other ancient and popular Chinese music.
A 48 page book, published in 1907, giving simple and clear diagram instructions for Irish dances, and a list of the tunes to use with the dances.
The lovely Celtic lullaby known as Dream Angus came from a unique tale.
The legend has it that Dream Angus comes to you at night and bestows dreams - you may spot him skipping across the hills, his bag of dreams by his side. Just the sight of him may be enough to make you lose your heart, for he is also the god of love, youth and beauty.
For over two decades now, every year on Halloween I have prepared unusual, mysterious and often spooky audio recordings.
All of these recordings are created using natural sounds, (flowing stream, earthquake, beehive, northern lights and many more) transcribed into music using specially designed software.
What the software does, is take any natural sound such a that of a running stream, examine it's tonal and rhythm structure and change it into musical notes that represents that structure. Then those musical notes, sometimes quite complex, are loaded into software that generates sound using digital technology. In the case of the above mentioned recording of a running stream, you then have the music of water.
history, in every culture, there have been tales
and legends about supernatural music, the music of
fairies, spirits, music with powers to enchant, heal,
charm, mystify and cause mischief.
notation making up this collection was gathered from many antique books that include
notated examples of this music.
We have prepared this music notation as a PDF file.
Note: The music notation in this PDF is the basic melodies of these tunes as presented in the antique books and are of course perfect for interpretation and improvisation.
Included in the collection is:
Irish Fairy Songs Irish Fairy Song
Irish Fairy Song
Irish Fairy Song
Music Heard Played By A Fairy
Shetland Fairy Tunes Aith Rant
West Side Trows Reel
A Fairy Reel
Hylta Dance (trowie tune from Fetlar)
Banshee Wail 1 & 2
Bridget Cruise - 4 Settings
2 Swedish "Neck" Songs
3 Welsh Fairy Tunes
Songs from the "Shieling" The Shieling Song
An Toman Cuilnn - Shieling Fairy Song
Random Celtic Fairy Tunes (Said to have been learned from the Sidhe) The Gold Ring
Pretty Maid Milking the Cow
The Bright Dawn of Day
A Fairy Lullaby (Similar to the Scottish tune about the mythological "Dream Angus"We have a music page about this song)
Dawn Fairy Song
African Spirit Songs Akele Wood Spirits
Ogbuka Wood Spirits
Asaba Forest Spirit
African Spirit Song
African Spirit Song 2
Fairy Music of Scotland Water-Kelpie's Lullaby
A Fairy's Love Song
Sealwoman's Sea Joy
A Fairy Plaint
An Ancient Tune Used To Attract Seals
Crodh Chailein - Daoine-sith (Mound Dwellers) song
You can purchase the Music of the Fairies
PDF using Paypal or a Credit card for $4.00 at the
following link: Music of The Fairies After your secure payment is processed you will
immediately be sent download links to the email you give
while purchasing the collection.
How many people have danced 80
miles in 9 days? Well, Will Kemp did; and you can read his
story and listen to a MIDI arrangement of Will
Being both musicians and printers...
we have prepared the following collection:
Music of the Early Printers
Information about many of the first Renaissance printers who were also music publishers and composers featuring MP3 collections of examples of this early music printing.
The Language Of The Birds MP3 collection consists of 32 field recordings of bird songs adapted using 4 specially designed software programs and accurately slowed down and lowered in pitch so that the bird songs can be clearly heard. The audio is then prepared using various solo instruments, and occasionally groups of instruments where there is more than one bird in the recordings (for example - the sax ensemble performing the Canadian Geese flock landing on a lake gives a new meaning to "free jazz."
A song performed in the ancient world that eventually became known as the “Linus Song” is an example of the one of the oldest known song and poem that was performed in various forms across much of the ancient world.
The origin and notation and words of the melody & poem is unknown. The song can be traced back to Ancient Egypt and then disappears into the mists of time.
The theme of the Linus song relates to death, both in the physical meaning, but also in the transformation meaning of change and rebirth in death and the transformations of seasons and the loss of youth to age.
Holland was one of the first
American classical guitarists, and he was teacher
and a composer. He was also a prominent member of
the African-American Masonic lodge. We have
collected sheet music of the solo guitar works and
the arrangements for voice and guitar of Justin
The Music Of The Gow Family
Fiddler Niel Gow
& His Sons
Guān Yīn (literal meaning: "Observes the sounds (of the world)"), also written
Kuan Yin or Kwan-yin, is the bodhisattva of compassion as venerated by
East Asian Buddhists. Guan Yin is also reverenced by Chinese Taoists as
In Japanese, Guan Yin is called Kannon or more formally Kanzeon; the spelling Kwannon,
resulting from an obsolete system of romanization, is sometimes seen.
In Korean, she is called Kwan-um or Kwan-se-um.
Guan Yin is one of the most beloved deities and Asian peoples
have been worshipping her as the Goddess of mercy and compassion for many
We have created a free MP3 arrangement for ethnic harps and choir using the lovely traditional Buddhist "Song for Guan Yin" melody.
A Gaelic Blessing Gaelic Blessing This is something the world
could use a whole lot more of...
Composer Arthur Farwell
& The Wa-Wan Press
The Wa-Wan Press was an American music publishing company founded in 1901 by composer Arthur Farwell in Newton Center, Massachusetts. Arthur Farwell (March 23, 1872 – January 20, 1952) was an American composer, conductor, educationalist, lithographer, esoteric savant, and music publisher.
The firm concentrated on publishing compositions by so-called Indianist movement members—composers who incorporated traditional Native American music into their works.
Amy Marcy Cheney Beach (September 5, 1867 – December 27, 1944) was an American composer and pianist. She was the first successful American female composer of large-scale art music. As a pianist, she was acclaimed for concerts she gave in the United States and in Germany.
Sketches of Freedom Ron Bankley poems & other sounds Sketches of Freedom is a combination of printed book and compact disc featuring the reading and musical interpretation of all fifteen poems.
Considering the crazy ways things seem to keep happening after we send the politicians from both political parties to Washington D.C., a new kind of candidate for President might not be a bad idea. Or, we could revive an old campaign.
Listen to the original Howdy Doody For President campaign songs..........
Song Of Seikilos
Oldest Love Song?
ancient Greece a man named Seikilos inscribed
a funeral pillar with an epitaph, poem and song for his
The Oldest Christian Hymn?
Oxyrhynchus is an archaeological
site in Egypt, one of the most important ever discovered.
For the past century the area around Oxyrhynchus has
been continuously excavated, yielding an enormous collection
of papyrus texts. Among the texts discovered at Oxyrhynchus are plays of Menander and the Gospel
of Thomas (an important early Christian document), and
the oldest known
music notation and lyrics of a Christian hymn
An interesting musical
game, Musikalisches Würfelspiel (musical
dice game) has often been attributed to Mozart.
On this page you can download an old free Windows program
you can use to create hundreds of Minuets in the
style of Mozart!
Unknown Mozart Improvisation? For the Mozart fans and music history fans out there, here is an
interesting piece of music that we recently discovered that was published in Baltimore
in 1874. The editor of this piece claims that this music was
improvised by Mozart, and later written down.
An interesting story to say the least! You can listen to an MP3 excerpt and download the sheet music for free.
1972, after 15 years of research Prof. Anne Kilmer
(professor of Assyriology, University of California,
and a curator at the Lowie Museum of Anthropology at
Berkeley) transcribed one of the oldest known pieces
of music notation in the world. Click here to go to our page about this unique
song and to hear MIDI arrangements of various transcriptions
of this song.
in 1650 in the innovative music publication Musurgia
Universalis by Jesuit Father Athanasius
Kircher, is a device
by which both musicians and non-musicians
can compose multi-part music.
have deposited in the county of Bedford, about
four miles from Buford's, in an excavation or vault, six feet below the surface of the ground, the following articles: ... The deposit consists of two thousand nine hundred and twenty one pounds of gold and five thousand one hundred pounds of silver; also
jewels, obtained in St. Louis in exchange for silver to
save transportation ... The above is securely packed in
iron pots, with iron covers. The vault is roughly lined
with stone, and the vessels rest on solid stone, and are covered with
The Beale Treasure
If you can solve this cipher
you could become very wealthy!..............