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© 2008 Mark Collins
My greatest love (and perhaps my greatest regret.....)
I play the piano and guitar, not brilliantly but enough for my own pleasure. Many years playing hymns and choruses in church have given me the ability to pick up a tune reasonably well. I find reading music very difficult for some reason, so it is fortunate I appear to have a natural ability! My greatest regret is that I didn't study music more seriously as a child - learning new things now is so hard, although I am now in 2004 having piano lessons again.
When it comes to listening, I have a broad range of musical taste - although I have to admit a preference for the classical composers. The music of Mozart was my first love, Rachmaninov and Chopin coming close behind. I also adore church organ music, as you will see from the midi files below!
At University I developed a taste for Pink Floyd and Mike Oldfield, and still have a (loud) blast from time to time! A short flirtation with softer popular music such as the Carpenters and John Denver has thankfully passed!
Demonstrating the enthusiasm of youth, I built a complex electronic organ whilst at university. I still have the beast, although Alan insists it is kept in the garage and it hasn't been played for years. Here is a picture of it - don't tell Alan but I do want to return it indoors at some stage!
We both enjoy more modern music, but it seems to work best for us in bars and clubs.
I've dabbled with electronic music, although I'm no expert! Here are a selection of midi files I've sequenced myself over the years. Some are simply 'played' into the computer from my electronic piano, others are hand sequenced (the better ones!). Public Health Warning - some are very rough and ready!
|AIR.MID||A rather mediaeval sounding piece, source forgotten||Unknown|
|ALBATROS.MID||Albatross as recorded by Fleetwood Mac||P A Green|
|ARCHERS.MID||Barwick Green - Theme music to The Archers - actually the finale from a suite "My Native Heath"||Arthur Wood|
|ANDACANT.MID||Andante Cantabile from String Quartet in D, Op 11||Tchaikovsky|
|ASWTHGLD.MID||As with gladness men of old - one of my favourite Christmas carols||C Kocher|
|BARCAROL.MID||Barcarolle (Introductory Voluntary) - the music playing when you hit this page||Spohr.|
|CHORPREL.MID||Choral Prelude - "Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier." - one of my better efforts and an excellent tune!||J S Bach|
|DAVDROCK.MID||David of the White Rock||Traditional|
|EDELWEIS.MID||Edelweiss, from the Sound of Music. words by Oscar Hammerstein||Richard Rogers|
|ELMADIG.MID||Theme from Piano Concerto No.21, K467 arranged by Robin De Smet - Theme from the film Elvira Madigan. This was the first classical work I loved at the age of about 15.||W A Mozart|
|GARDEN.MID||English Country Garden||Traditional|
|HANDEL01.MID||March in Bb from Parthenope||G F Handel|
|HANDEL13.MID||Minuet in B minor from Arminius||G F Handel|
|HONEYBEE.MID||The Honeysuckle and the Bee - this is an old music hall song ||W H Penn|
|HOWSOON.MID||"How Soon" - Theme from Richard Boone TV Show, words by A L Stillman||Henry Mancini|
|LARGO.MID||Largo - Ombra mai fu - 'Xerxes' - bit 'clompy', needs more expression when I have time!||G F Handel|
|LONESOME.MID||The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (In the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia), word by Ballard MacDonald, as made famous by Laurel & Hardy||Harry Carroll|
|LOSTCORD.MID||An organ arrangement of "The Lost Chord", the words, by Adelaide A Proctor, are in the lyric track.||Arthur Sullivan|
|MASSAS.MID||Massa's in de cold, cold ground - Old hymn tune||S Foster|
|MIDCLEAR.MID||It came upon the midnight clear - my favourite Christmas carol||Traditional|
|NEWMORN.MID||Great is Thy Faithfulness, a favourite hymn||William M Runyan|
|NOBLECP.MID||Choral Prelude on the tune Melcombe for organ - a pretty tune, and a composer with a brilliant name!||T Tertius Noble|
|OFTNIGHT.MID||Oft the stilly night - Traditional Irish tune|| |
|P4_1.MID||Prelude in C major||Ludvig van Beethoven|
|P4_2.MID||Prelude in C major||George Joseph Vogler |
|P4_3.MID||Prelude in C major||Adolph F Hesse|
|P5_4.MID||Prelude in A minor||Bernhard Wolff|
|P5_5.MID||Prelude in A minor||Christian H Rinck|
|P28.MID||Prelude in F Major||Adolph F Hesse|
|P61_81.MID||Prelude in D major, nice and calming||Eduard Mertke|
|P65_87.MID||Prelude in C minor, wonderfully manic!||M G Fischer|
|PRELINC.MID||Prelude in C from Twelve Little Preludes||J S Bach|
|RISEN.MID||Jesus Christ is risen today - well known Easter hymn||Composer unknown, in Lyra Davidica (London: 1708)|
|ROMANCE.MID||Serenade: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik||W A Mozart|
|SHEPHERD.MID||Winchester Old - While shepherds watched their flocks by night. I've added a couple of variations to the descant and base line.||G Kirbye|
|SHEEPGRZ.MID||Sheep may safely graze||J S Bach|
|TAUVMUCH.MID||Thank U Very Much - As recorded by The Scaffold - A tune from my childhood - and I had great fun arranging it!||Michael McGear|
|TUNE.MID||A tune resulting from a mad jamming session years ago and kept for sentimental reasons only - absolutely no musical merit!||M Collins|