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The Song category covers many types of song, from operatic arias to German Lieder. It also covers works arranged for instruments, but which are either originally written with a voice part, or else they have the form of a song, but no words.

The earliest songs were monophonic. Few songs composed before 1300 have been written down. We may have some survivors of folk songs passed down by oral tradition, such as Summer is Icummen in. Church song was called plainsong.

Polyphonic songs evolved in the renaissance period.  Secular example include madrigals such as Weep Oh Mine Eyes, by Bennet. Sacred examples include Allegri's Miserere.

In the Baroque and Classical period the songs became monophonic again, but often with elaborate instrumental accompaniments. These songs were called Arias (= English 'Airs'), and are used in operas and oratorios as well as isolated works. In the romantic 19th century, a dominant form of song was the German Lied, exemplified by Schubert, Schumann and Brahms.


Tunes belonging to the Song category. Audio is available for 39 tunes for this category.
  
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No.Name of WorkComposerEnsemblePeriod
1 Advance Australia FairVariousOrchestraTraditional
2 Ave Maria (based on Bach's Prelude in C)GounodDuetRomantic
3 Bailero from Songs of the AuvergneCanteloubeOrchestraRomantic
4 Cantique de Jean RacineFauréChoirRomantic
5 Cherry RipeVariousDuetRomantic
6 DaisyVariousDuetPopular Modern
7 Deck the Halls with Boughs of HollyVariousSoloTraditional
8 Der Erlkonig - LiedSchubertDuetRomantic
9 Elle s'en va de moyLassusWind Chamber GroupsRenaissance
10 Er ißt gekommen in Sturm und Regen (Liszt)FranzSoloRomantic
11 Fairest Isle from King ArthurPurcellDuetBaroque
12 Home on the RangeVariousOther EnsemblesPopular Modern
13 It was a Lover and his LassMorleyDuetRenaissance
14 KillarneyBalfeSoloRomantic
15 La MarseillaiseLisleSoloTraditional
16 Like to the Damask RoseElgarDuetRomantic
17 Lullaby. (Cradle Song,Wiegenlied)BrahmsDuetRomantic
18 My Love is like a red red RoseVariousDuetTraditional
19 None but the Lonely Heart Op 6 No.6TchaikovskyOrchestraRomantic
20 Nymphs and Shepherds, Come Away!PurcellDuetBaroque
21 O Canada - Canadian National AnthemLavalléeString QuartetRomantic
22 O for the Wings of a Dove from Motet - Hear My PrayerMendelssohnChoirRomantic
23 O Lovely Peace (Anthem for two voices)HandelOther EnsemblesBaroque
24 On Wings of SongMendelssohnOrchestraRomantic
25 Plaisir d'AmourMartiniOrchestraClassical
26 Rule BritanniaArneOrchestraBaroque
27 Serenade in D Minor SchubertDuetRomantic
28 Songs my Mother Taught me.DvořákOrchestraRomantic
29 Such Beauty, My Beloved (Ogni Belta).PalestrinaChoirRenaissance
30 Summer is a-coming inVariousChoirEarly Music
31 The Bells of AberdoveyDibdinDuetRomantic
32 The Harp that Once through Tara's HallsStevensonDuetTraditional
33 The Linden Tree (Der Lindenbaum)SchubertSoloRomantic
34 The Trout (Song) "Die Forelle", - clarinet and pianoSchubertDuetRomantic
35 The Wanderer (Das Wandern)SchubertSoloRomantic
36 Weep O Mine EyesBennetChoirRenaissance
37 When Daisies PiedArneDuetBaroque
38 Where the bee sucks, there suck IArneDuetBaroque
39 Who is Silvia (An Silvia)SchubertChoirRomantic
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