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Featured sounds in Wikipedia
The featured sounds process, which denoted what were considered to be the best sounds in Wikipedia, ceased operation in about November 2011. At that time, there were 278 featured sounds in 366 parts.
Organised, by date of composition or (where that is not available) date of performance. Where dating is particularly ambiguous, the date is marked with "?". Arrangements not notable in their own right are listed by date of the original co mposition.
The Coventry Carol, a 16th-century English Christmas Carol, performed by the U.S. Army Band Chorus.
The Dutch national anthem, Het Wilhelmus, played by the United States Navy Band. The anthem itself dates back to 1568 where it was sung on official occasions and important events such as the Siege of Haarlem in 1573, the melody was first written down in 1574. The current melody was recorded by Dutch composer Adriaen Valerius in his "Nederlantsche Gedenck-clanck" in 1626. The history of the lyrics is unknown though a French translation appeared around 1582. There are legends surrounding performances of the anthem, such as in the torture of Balthasar Gérard (William of Orange's assassin) where the guards sought to overpower Gérard's screams boiling pig fat was poured over him. To which Gérard allegedly responded, "Sing! Dutch sinners! Sing! But know that soon I shall be sung of!"
"Turkey in the Straw" performed by the United States Air Force Strings, the song was popularised in the late 1820s-1830.
The second piece from Fernando Sor's Twelve Minuets, Opus 11, early 19th century.
Kyoko Yonemoto playing Niccolò Paganini's Caprice No. 24 in A minor (publ. 1819) at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition 2009. Widely considered one of the most difficult pieces ever written for the solo violin, it requires many highly advanced techniques such as parallel octaves and rapid shifting covering many intervals, extremely fast scales and arpeggios including minor scales in thirds and tenths, left hand pizzicato, high positions, and quick string crossing.
Here We Come A-wassailing, a nineteenth-century English Christmas carol, performed by the U.S. Army Band Chorus.
Brass band arrangement of the Hunters' Chorus from The Lily of Killarney using period instruments. During the 19th century, brass bands began to spring up throughout Europe and America. Popular music, including operas, were arranged for them by composers and music sellers eager to cash in on the free advertising they provided.
Sousa composed the piece in 1877 and it was quickly transferred to piano arrangement and the sheet music sold. Adam Cuerden composed the midi file playback from the Library of Congress copy of the sheet music.
A 1913 recording of "The Lost Chord" sung by Reed Miller. The lyrics are by Christian mystic poet Adelaide Anne Procter, and were set to music by Arthur Sullivan at the bedside of his dying brother, Fred Sullivan, to whom the song is dedicated. "The Lost Chord" proved immediately successful and remains one of the most enduring of Sullivan's non-operatic compositions.
The Canadian national anthem, O Canada, played by the United States Navy Band. The song was originally commissioned by Lieutenant Governor of Quebec Théodore Robitaille for the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day ceremony, 1880. The music was written by Calixa Lavallée as a setting of a French Canadian patriotic poem composed by Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier. The lyrics were translated to English in 1906, Robert Stanley Weir wrote another English version in 1908, which were revised twice before taking their current form in 1980.
1930 recording of the Japanese national anthem, Kimi ga Yo. Includes both the vocal and instrumental parts.
Elfentanz (Dance of the Elves), Op. 39, by composer David Popper. Performed by Hans Goldstein (cello) and Mellicia Straaf (piano) in 2010.
Navarra (Danza Espagnole), Op. 33, by Pablo de Sarasate. Performed by Roxana Pavel Goldstein and Elias Goldstein (violins) with the Depaul Symphony (Chicago) conducted by Cliff Colnot. Composed in 1889.
"King Cotton", an 1895 Sousa military march.
Veni, Vidi, Vici, an 1898 composition by the "New England March King" Robert Browne Hall. Performed by the United States Air Force Band.
Gabriel Fauré's Fantasie (1898), performed circa 1976 by Alex Murray (flute) and Martha Goldstein (piano).
Lillian Russell's only recording, from 1912. During the production of Twirly Whirly, composer John Stromberg delayed giving her her solo for several days, saying it wasn't ready. When he committed suicide a few days before the first rehearsal, the sheet music for "Come Down Ma Evenin' Star" was found in his pocket. It became Lillian Russell's signature song.
William Paris Chambers's march, Sweeney's Cavalcade, performed by the U.S. Air Force Concert Band
La Bayamesa performed by the United States Navy Band. La Bayamesa is the national anthem of Cuba. It was first performed during the Battle of Bayamo in 1868 but adopted 1902. Perucho Figueredo, who took part in the battle, wrote and composed the song. Antonio Rodríguez Ferrer wrote the introductary notes for the anthem.
A recording of "Hostias Et Preces" by Eugenio Terziani (1824–1889), sung by the last surviving castrato of the Pope's choir, Alessandro Moreschi (1858–1922). Moreschi, as the only castrato trained in the old traditions to be recorded, provides our only insight into what a lost musical tradition was like.
"Take Me Out to the Ball Game", by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer, is a Tin Pan Alley waltz song which became the unofficial anthem of baseball. This version was sung by Edward Meeker for Edison Records in September 1908, and is one of the first recordings of the song. This recording was preserved in 2011 by the National Recording Registry.
Edwin Eugene Bagley's Front Section March, performed by the United States Air Force Concert Band.
Arthur Pryor's "That Flying Rag" performed by Arthur Pryor's Band in 1911. Arrangement by Louis-Philippe Laurendeau.
"Memphis Blues", composed by W. C. Handy in 1912. This is the first known recording, performed by the Victor Military Band, July 15, 1914.
Claude Debussy's flute solo, Syrinx, performed by Sarah Bassingthwaite in Brechmin Auditorium, University of Washington, October 2006. Syrinx's free structure, giving a large degree of interpretive freedom to the performer, played an important role in the development of solo flute music in the early 20th century. It was originally composed as incidental music for the ultimately unfinished play Psyché by Gabriel Mourey.
Prolific circus musician Fred Jewell's The Outlook, performed by the United States Air Force Band
Zoltán Kodály's Duo for violin and cello, Op. 7, performed by the U.S. Army Strings.
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A 1916 recording of "New York Blues", composed and performed by Pietro Frosini, one of the most famous stars of the accordion.
A 1916 recording, from a piano roll, of a ragtime waltz composed and performed by Scott Joplin.
Sergei Rachmaninoff wrote two sets of Études-Tableaux in 1911 (Op. 33) and 1917 (Op. 39); this recording is one of the pieces in the second, Opus 39 set. Conceived as "picture pieces", meant to evoke a visual scene, Rachmaninoff nonetheless declined to identify which scene he had in mind for most of the pieces, saying, "I don't believe in the artist that discloses too much of his images. Let [the listener] paint for themselves what it most suggests." Performed by Karine Gilanyan for Musopen.
Zez Confrey's first hit, performed by him.
Prohibition era song by Skidmore--Walker, sung by Duke Rogers, recorded by Thomas Edison's studio, 1922. Duration 3:29.
"The Gallant Seventh", was Sousa's most popular march in the 1920s and is distinguished as his only march with two breakstrains.
Two folk songs from the Spanish Civil War sung by Leon Lishner.
Carmen Miranda and Mário Reis, recorded and released in 1933
Carmen Miranda and Mário Reis, recorded in 1933, released in 1934
A 1938 teuroteu by Kim Song Kyu and Park Yeong Ho. Sung by Park Hyang Rim.
A gospel song sung by the Cochran Field Singers.
Traditional anthem in the Omaha language, used for homecomings and to close ceremonies. Translation: "When you went overseas, you made a stand so that the flag could be raised. When you returned, you brought the flag back. You saved our lives."
Recordings in multiple parts
George Frideric Handel – Fitzwilliam Sonatas
Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons
Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, "La primavera" (Spring)
Franz Schubert – Impromptu in B flat
Franz Schubert - Octet, D. 803
Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 28
Charles Gounod – Petite Symphonie pour neuf instruments à vent
Charles Gounod's Petite Symphonie pour neuf instruments à vent (Little Symphony for Nine Woodwinds, 1885). Performed by the Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet: Felix Skowronek, flute; Laila Storch, oboe; William McColl, clarinet; Christopher Leuba, horn; Arthur Grossman, Bassoon; and guest performers Ove Hanson, oboe; Julie Oster, clarinet; David Cottrell, horn; and Robert Olson, bassoon.
Johann Sebastian Bach – Sonata for Flute or Recorder and Harpsichord in B minor, BWV 1030
Johann Sebastian Bach's Sonata in B minor for flute or recorder and harpsichord. Performed by Alex Murray (traverso) and Martha Goldstein (harpsichord)
Gilbert and Sullivan – H.M.S. Pinafore
These recordings of selections from W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore (1878) was created by Edison Records in 1911. It stars Elizabeth Spencer, Mary Jordan, Harry Anthony, Walter Van Brunt, James F. Harrison, and William F. Hooley.
Includes "We have sailed the ocean blue" "Hail, men of oarsmen", "I'm called Little Buttercup", and "A maiden fair to see"
Includes "My gallant crew, good morning", "I am the Captain of the Pinafore", "Sorry her lot" (second verse, beginning "Sad is the hour"), "Over the bright blue sea", and "I am the monarch of the sea"
Molière and Jean-Baptiste Lully – Le Bourgeois gentilhomme
The ballet music by Jean-Baptiste Lully from Le Bourgeois gentilhomme Molière's 1670 comédie-ballet (that is, a ballet broken up by spoken scenes). This version was performed by the Advent Chamber Orchestra in 2007.
Frédéric Chopin – Cello Sonata Op. 65
Frédéric Chopin wrote his Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65 in 1846. It is one of only nine works of Chopin published during his lifetime that were written for instruments other than piano (although the piano still appears in every work he wrote). Chopin composed four sonatas, the others being all piano sonatas. The cello sonata was the last of Chopin's works to be published in his lifetime.
This performance is by John Michel and Lisa Bergman.
Ludwig van Beethoven – The Diabelli Variations
The 33 Variations on a waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120, commonly known as the Diabelli Variations, is a set of variations for the piano written between 1819 and 1823 by Ludwig van Beethoven on a waltz composed by Anton Diabelli. One of the supreme compositions for the piano, it often shares the highest honours with Bach's Goldberg Variations. The distinguished music writer Donald Francis Tovey has called it "the greatest set of variations ever written." Pianist Alfred Brendel has described it as simply "the greatest of all piano works." It also comprises, in the words of Hans von Bülow, "a microcosm of Beethoven's art."
"Trois Quintetti Concertans" by Giuseppe Cambini
Giuseppe Cambini (1746–1825?) wrote the Trois Quintetti Concertans ("Three Wind Quintets") around 1802, making the some of the earliest ever composed. This recording was performed in 2004 by the Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet: Felix Skowronek (flute), Laila Storch (oboe), William McColl (clarinet), Christopher Leuba (horn), and Arthur Grossman (bassoon). File:Commons icon.svg (nom)]]
Ludwig van Beethoven – Violin Sonata No. 8 (Opus 30-3)
The Violin Sonata No. 8 in G major of Ludwig van Beethoven, the third of his Opus 30 set, was written between 1801 and 1802, published in May 1803, and dedicated to Czar Alexander I of Russia. This sonata is characteristic of early/middle Beethoven in its solid sonata structure, just beginning to get adventurous in syncopation, with some extraordinary off beat sforzandi.
Performed by Paul Rosenthal (violin) and Edward Auer (piano)
Brahms' String Quintet No. 1 in F major, Opus 88
Johannes Brahms' String Quintet No. 1 in F major, Opus 88 was composed in 1882 in the spa town of Bad Ischl, Upper Austria, and published by the firm of Fritz Simrock. It is a "Viola Quintet" in that it is scored for string quartet with an extra viola. It has three movements:
Hungry Lucy – Pulse of the Earth
J. S. Bach - Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major
Erik Satie - Trois Gnossiennes
Satie's coining of the word "gnossienne" was one of the rare occasions when a composer used a new term to indicate a new "type" of composition. Satie had and would use many novel names for his compositions ("vexations", "croquis et agaceries" and so on). "Ogive," for example, had been the name of an architectural element until Satie used it as the name for a composition, the Ogives. "Gnossienne," however, was a word that did not exist before Satie used it as a title for a composition. The word appears to be derived from "gnosis"; Satie was involved in gnostic sects and movements at the time that he began to compose the Gnossiennes. However, some published versions claim that the word derives from Cretan "knossos" or "gnossus" and link the Gnossiennes to Theseus, Ariadne and the Minotaur myth. Several archeological sites relating to that theme were famously excavated around the time that Satie composed the Gnossiennes.
Performed by La Pianista.
Ottorino Respighi – Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 1
Gustav Holst - The Planets, Op. 32 (selections)
The Planets, Op. 32, is a seven-movement orchestral suite by the English composer Gustav Holst, written between 1914 and 1916. Each movement of the suite is named after a planet of the Solar System and its corresponding astrological character, as defined by Holst. With the exception of Earth, which is not observed in astrological practice, all the planets are represented in the complete composition, though this selection misses out Saturn and Neptune. All were performed in 1998 by the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band in a transcription by Merlin Patterson, edited by Capt. Lang and MSgt Aldo Forte.
Gustav Holst - First Suite in E-flat for Military Band
Three Drum cadences
The morning song of the American robin.
The flock call for the Masked Lovebird.
The song of the Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus).
Several New Zealand Bellbirds (Anthornis melanura) are heard singing and calling as they gather around a bird feeder on Tiritiri Matangi Island. The bellbird's song contributed strongly to New Zealand's loud dawn chorus, now essentially absent from most of the mainland, and best heard on protected islands and other wildlife sanctuaries. Recorded in 2011.
Recording of a field cricket, Gryllus pennsylvanicus.
Field recording of an alligator by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Mating call of a male Tokay gecko (Gekko gecko).
A recording of a suikinkutsu, a type of Japanese garden ornament and musical device. (nom)
History of recording
The earliest surviving phonograph cylinder recording of music. Recorded on a paraffin cylinder on June 29, 1888, by George Gouraud.
This 1906 recording enticed store customers with the wonders of an exciting invention: the phonograph cylinder.
A 1933 newsreel about the repeal of prohibition
Complete 1921 speech by Marcus Garvey
Neville Chamberlain announcing that Britain was at war with Germany, over the wireless, on 3 September 1939
Public statement by Harry S. Truman on May 8, 1945, announcing the surrender of Germany.
Japanese emperor Hirohito reads out the Imperial Rescript on the Termination of the War
Harry S. Truman's speech about the end of his presidency, the repair of the White House, the necessity of a polite, peaceful handover to another political party as part of democracy, the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the end of World War II, the Cold War, the Korean War, and returning home to Independence, Missouri. (January 15, 1953)
Farewell address by United States president Dwight D. Eisenhower from January 17, 1961. Duration 15:30.
Kennedy addressing the nation on October 22, 1962, about the buildup of arms on Cuba.
James A. Lovell, Jr, Apollo 13 Commander, reporting an explosion on 13 April 1970. Duration 0:17.
Speech by United States President Gerald Ford announcing clemency plans for Vietnam era draft evaders.
Statement on the Panama Canal Treaty Signing, by Jimmy Carter.
George W. Bush's address to the people of the United States, September 11, 2001, 8:30 pm EDT.
The full audio recording of Barack Obama and Chief Justice John G. Roberts as Obama takes the Oath of office of the President of the United States as the forty-fourth President of the United States during his inauguration on January 20, 2009. Roberts recited the oath, which should be "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and will to best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States." incorrectly three times, which caused Obama to also stumble on his lines. (Duration: 45 seconds)
The full audio recording of Mamata Banerjee and Governor M. K. Narayanan in Bengali as Banerjee takes the Oath of Office of the Chief Minister of West Bengal. Banerjee defeated the world's longest-serving democratically elected communist government in the state assembly election held in West Bengal, India.
Performance of the Hymn of the Russian Federation by the Presidential Orchestra and Kremlin Choir at the inauguration of President Dmitry Medvedev at The Kremlin on 7 May 2008. The lyrics were written in 1943 by Sergey Mikhalkov to a pre-existing tune by Alexander Alexandrov. In 2000, it was reinstated as the national anthem of Russia.
The Shepard-Risset glissando, a type of aural illusion: The sound seems to infinitely descend while remaining in a finite frequency range.
An example of white noise, which covers all audible frequencies of sound.
Lady Windermere's Fan
Ham Radio Digital Modes
"Welcome to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit." sent as Morse Code at 13 WPM.
"Welcome to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit." sent with PSK31.
"Welcome to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit." sent with AMTOR.
"Welcome to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit." sent with MT63.
"Welcome to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit." sent with Olivia 16/500.
"Welcome to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit." sent with Olivia 62/1000.
- Tovey, Donald Francis, Essays in Musical Analysis: Chamber Music, Oxford University Press, 1944, p. 124.