(Me and "Puccini" out for a walk on a snowy day.
In case you can't figure out who's who, Puccini's the cute one.)
Music Downloads -
Titles marked with
are included on my CD,
While I've written a great deal of material over the years in the pre-history
BC (before computers), including some three dozen songs in various genres, it has only been since
I started composing using the computer that my material has been good enough (in my opinion) to
warrant publication. It is for this reason that the opus numbers shown with the works below begin
with compositions in 1994.
Opus 5 (a work in progress)
"The Changeling" - A Concerto for Electric Guitar and Orchestra
This is planned as a centre-piece in my second record, a concept album about change and evolution, and
the fluidity of what we generally refer to as "reality". I've decided to post the original
NWC and midi files, but highly recommend downloading the mp3's to get the full effect of post- processing,
including tempering to the silky "Werckmeister" temperament. The concerto consists of three
- Part 1: Pupation:
This is based on the adagio from Bach's piano concerto in D minor,
BVW 1052. The arrangement, however, is quite different from any other Bach rendition you may have heard,
with the possible exception of Wendy Carlos' work. This movement represents change from within, movement
from darkness to light. Since the midi performance is quite hardware-specific, I'm providing the
NWC and un-tempered midi
files for study purposes only (requires Yamaha XG midi!). Please feel free to download the performance for
free from my
IUMA site. The full
solo guitar part
in PDF format are available on the Werner Icking Music Archive.
- Part 2: Hibernation:
Evolution demands periods of respite, and this piece represents a short
holiday from the agony and ecstasy of change. The mood is peaceful, perhaps even a bit schmaltzy. It's based
on two beautiful Schubert melodies, but the arrangement betrays some of my strongest influences; Haydn,
Mozart, Beethoven and perhaps a hint of Mahler. I'll leave it to the listener to find the parallels.
Again, the original NWC and/or untempered
midi don't really do justice to this work, but are provided
for study purposes (requires Yamaha XG midi!). Since the tempering and other post-processing are a large
part of the performance, get the mp3 recording from my
Also, you can download the
solo guitar part
from the Werner Icking Music Archive.
- Part 3: Emergence:
Via the often painful demands, the Changeling finally emerges victorious. This piece is based
on an original theme vaguely reminiscent of the Bach adagio used for the first movement. It
indeed harks briefly back to that work, then develops into an orchestrated re-statement of the
main theme. After a somewhat "industrial" yet subdued interlude, the theme re-appears,
morphed into the major mode to suggest a pretty albeit slightly ditzy butterfly. The hi-fi
performance at my
IUMA site is
recommended. With the same caveats as for the other movements, you may want to have check out the
NWC or untempered
solo guitar part
available from the Werner Icking Music Archive.
This is a pretty little "classical techno" thing, symbolically representing transition
and change as well as suggesting a physical suspension bridge.
I definitely suggest picking up my mp3 of this piece at
my IUMA site, since
the sounds used in the piece are rather specific to my synth. Next best thing, if you have a Yamaha
XG synth or soundcard, is the
Yamaha midi. If you have NoteWorthy Composer or
Player, get the
Steampunk Vignettes (Op. 4)
"Aella" (No. 1)
This wistful little orchestral rhapsody is one of the themes I wrote for
a lovely all-volunteer freeware RPG. It's a character study of my favourite character in the
game, the enigmatic Aella. To hear this as I intended, pick up my mp3 of this piece at
my IUMA site. Next
best thing, if you have a Yamaha XG synth or soundcard, is the
Yamaha midi. If you have NWC V1.70, get the
NWC-source-file. The score is available from
the Werner Icking Music Archive in
As an afterthought, I also did a string quintet arrangement of this (2 violins, viola, 'cello,
and contrabass) (Op. 4 No. 7). In some ways I like it even better than the original, even though it has a
completely different feel to it. Your soundcard or synth should support Mod Wheel and Expression
controllers to get the most from the NWC or midi files. Again, please help yourself to the
or download the mp3 audio recording from my
Also available are the PDF
score, and parts for:
"Caverns of the Heart" (No. 2)
This pretty little "classical techno" thingie is another theme I
wrote for "Steampunk Saga," this one being one of the "Cave" themes.
The song is based on a guitar study by Carcassi (the same one I used years ago for my ZX81
music - see below). Carcassi in turned borrowed heavily from J.S. Bach, so I come by my
thievery honestly. ;-) Get the hi-fi recording of this piece at
my IUMA site. Also available,
if you have a Yamaha XG synth or soundcard, is the
Yamaha midi. For Creative / Roland / DirectMusic,
get the DX7 midi version. The (printable)
NWC-source-file of the Yamaha version is
"Down Id Da Dungeon" (No. 6)
Written January, 2000.
I wrote it out of sequence to fill a need for a dungeon theme, so I borrowed from an earlier
work to come up with this campy Hallowe'eney thing. As usual, the
NWC-file is available (requires V1.70), as is a
Midi. But be forewarned, both are intended to be
played on Yamaha synths (or SoftSynth at the very least). It won't sound anything like it
should on Creative cards. For anything other than Yamaha I highly recommend downloading the
recording on my IUMA site.
"Impending Doom" (No. 3)
This is a spooky scary techno thingie, again written for Steampunk Saga.
I'm a theremin fan from way back, and have even built several. What more appropriate
tribute to Lev Termin than a modern techno piece, in which the theremin is simulated in
midi! Once again, I refer you to my IUMA site to download the
of the Yamaha XG midi recording -- with a real
theremin. Or pick up the
midifile, or the original
NWC-file (requires Composer, Player, or Plugin
"Lachrymosa" (No. 4)
This is for a graveyard theme. I stole Mozart/Süssmayr's lovely Lachrymosa from the Requiem,
arranging it techno-style and modifying the progression in the bridge section. It was
specifically written for DirectMusic. For this reason, the
NWC file is provided for study / score purposes only.
If you want to listen to it, download the
midi and get a
DirectMusic midi player (and
if you don't have it already).
A Roland GS system may provide acceptable results, but there are no guarantees. Ideally,
get the final mp3 recording from my
"Storm the Castle" (No. 5)
In this one, the rebels are storming the Emperor's castle fortress. Short yet effective, and
designed for loopability. I'm rather fond of the rhythmic component in this one, as well as its
insane electric guitar solo. (Glad I don't have to try to play it!) Available in
NWC V1.7 versions, as well as (of course) at my
A Fractal Suite (Op. 3)
Most of these pieces can be best described as "ambience" music.
They are also truly electronic, being examples of "Computer Assisted Composition" (CAC),
and as such are compositions for which the midi files are the final result.
Unless you have a Yamaha synth (soundcard, SoftSynth or external XG synthesizer) I
highly recommend downloading the mp3 version of these pieces. (Or, better yet,
"East of Mira"
(Op. 3 No. 1) Written 1998. Updated again, Dec. 25, 1999
The original sequence of notes was generated by
"The Well-Tempered Fractal",
which converts the x and y positions of the meanderings of an orbit fractal into textual midi
output. From there I converted it to standard midi, imported into Cubasis for editing, exported
back to midi, and imported to NoteWorthy Composer for final editing and scoring in
NWC-format, then exported back to a
"East of Mira" uses an eastern scale (phrygian sharp 3) to map two discrete sections
of the "Mira" fractal (hence the name).
Since the final performance is, indeed, fully electronic, an
MPEG-file of output from my
Audiotrix Yamaha XG sound card is available at my
IUMA site. A
Zipped PostScript file of the score is also available, write me if you want it e-mailed.
(Op. 3 No. 2) Written May, 1999. Info.
While playing around with various fractal music programs, I stumbled on
a sequence that instantly reminded me of the play of the aurora borealis. I then looked for other themes
that could be worked into it, and settled on a total of three snippets from two separate programs. The
result, as an
is presented here for your enjoyment (I hope). For the NWC-challenged, there is also the obligatory
midi-file. If your sound card isn't quite up to snuff,
download the MPEG audio recording from my
Write me for the score by e-mail.
By the way, if you're interested in playing around with computer-generated music,
The Fractal Music Project
is a good place to start.
"South Nelson Mayhem"
(Op. 3 No. 4) Written November, 1999. Info.
This one's a little different. Kind of a funky salsa jazz rock fusion thing. In this
one the fractal is in the drum track; except for minor adjustments, the drums play
a sequence (again by Well-Tempered Fractal) from a Kamtorus fractal. The rest of the
piece was built around this. As usual, the
NWC-file is available, (albeit not quite
in printable form) or download the Type 1
midi-file or visit my
site for the MPEG recording.
(Op. 3 No. 3) Written June, 1999. Info.
This is another in this series of fractal-based "tone poems". Hopefully it
will evoke images of a westerly storm, complete with sea-birds, boats,
wind chimes, thunder and lightning, and winds chasing each other around.
This was based on another Mira fractal, a particularly simple (and
stable) one which looks like a 17-petalled daisy without the center. Two
passes were made around the fractal, resulting in a sequence that is
self-similar in 17/8 time. The original sequence in C Ionian was
remapped to F aeolian, split into ranges, and extensively manipulated
from there. As always, it's available both as an
and as a Type 1
midi-file. You can also download an
recording of my Yamaha DB50XG from my IUMA site.
For the full orchestral score, write to me.
"Void of Sensation"
(Op. 3 No. 5) Written April, 2000. This is the simplest of the series, being my first truly
"minimalist" composition. However, the mechanics of its composition were quite
complex. The composition rides on a drone, generated by allowing integer harmonics (up to
the twentieth) of a low fundamental (A=110) to fade in an out. The fractal sequence, derived
from a "Hopalong" fractal, was remapped to a Pythagorean pseudo-scale (up to harmonic number
eleven). The final production is a synthesis of no less than five separate NWC files. For this
reason, you need to download the mpeg audio from my
However, for the sake of general interest, the
fractal NWC portion
of the composition is available for downloading. You'll need to have two devices set in your
midi options (example, your wavetable synth in position 1 and OPL-3 FM synth in position 2).
Quartet No.1 in A minor (Op. 2)
If you prefer to have a midi or NWC of each movement separately, click on the links below:
Quartet No. 1 in A Minor, "Seasonal Impressions" (complete)
(Opus 2) This is my answer to those who lament that "Nobody writes classical music anymore." It was
written in 1996 using Cubasis, then resequenced from the ground up in 1998 using NoteWorthy Composer.
A summary of the work is available as a
textfile, as is a revision
history file. There is also a
midifile of the entire sequence. For NoteWorthy use, get
NWC-file,-score-version. If you want to print out the parts,
also get the
NWC-file,-parts-version. For professional-
looking score and parts books, also get the
Cover-files in MS Word format; contents described in
fnq1_doc.txt. If you want printable PostScript files,
use the following links to the
Werner Icking Music Archive:
I'd dearly like to hear this performed by a real, live string quartet. If you are interested,
please contact me!
Two Musical Diversions (Op. 1)
Divertimento on a Study by Sor ("Für Rhiannon") Op. 1 No. 1
A pleasant bit of fluff, written in 1994, representing my first work in the "neo-classical"
genre; hence, I took liberty (audacity?) to call it "Opus 1." See the
info-file for what I had in mind here.
As of yet I haven't re-done it in NWC format, so there's presently only the tempered
midi-file and a zipped Cubase/Cubasis
Divertimento ("Für Rhiannon") Recorder version (Op. 1 No. 1a)
This is a rework of the divertimento for Descant (in C) and Treble (in F) recorders, with piano
accompaniment. The recorders in the midi have been tempered to Pythagorean tempers, in an effort
to simulate actual recorders. A somewhat dark piano solo is optional for performance. A fun
piece for recorder players. Get the tempered
NWC source file or download the scores from the
Werner Icking Music Archive. For convenience, you can click on the appropriate link here, for
Treble recorders, and
parts. A recording made on my system is also available from my
"Fantasia in F#m" (Op. 1 No. 2)
Written 1994. This is based on one of my "art-folk-rock" songs (from 1992 -
great tune, stupid lyrics) called "Winter Swan Song." Its one claim to fame was that
it had a haiku at the end: "Cold moon, ancient swan;/ South his mate has flown;/ He longs
to soar the heavens." The music keeps trying to harp to the haiku theme, but gets
interrupted by the "Habanera" (the stupid lyrics part). So I've recycled it into a
little encore piece for string quartet. Unfortunately I haven't yet gotten around to resequencing
this in NoteWorthy Composer. Meanwhile, the first version is pleasant enough, so I'm providing
the midifile along with the zipped source
Cubase file and this
textfile for your enjoyment.
Songs (no opus numbers)
While I've written many songs over the years, almost all of them are unsuitable for publishing
today for one reason or another. I'm suspicious of music with words, as the words can become
obsolete, rendering the music useless no matter what its other redeeming features may have been.
However, I do have two relatively recent song compositions which I sincerely hope will survive the
light of future retrospection.
"My Best Friend"
This beautiful tune was written with, and for, the love of my life and beloved wife
Sharon Nachbaur. This was first performed
on the occasion of our wedding, on November 20, 1999.
Available here is the midifile, well-tempered
except for the violin solo and harp tracks. (Lyrics embedded in the midi for the benefit of
those of you with midi-karaoke players) as well as the original
NWC-file (requires Composer or Player
V1.70). Write if you want the score and vocal/solo parts in
"A Song About Frogs"
This one is dedicated to my lovely daughter Rhiannon for Christmas, 1999. She'd asked for
nothing more than "a lump of coal and a song about frogs." So here's the song about
frogs, dedicated to Rhiannon. You (and your kids) might enjoy the amusing
as well as the catchy "kiddie-techno" arrangement. The tempered
midi-file includes the words in midi-karaoke form.
Also available is the original source
NWC-file (requires Composer or Player
V1.70). Write if you want the score and vocal/solo parts in
I derive almost as much enjoyment from arranging my favourite music to my tastes, as I do from
original composition. The following are a number of such arrangements of classical and other
pieces. Or perhaps I should call them "adaptations", since they are not always necessarily
harmonically or otherwise "correct". That being said, I welcome any comments or suggestions
"Adagio" from Beethoven's Piano Sonata #8 (Guitar arrangement)
This has got to be one of Beethoven's most sublime melodies. I worked up a solo guitar
arrangement, and went to pains to write an
NWC-file and corresponding
midi-file to make the electronic performance as
realistic as possible. The score (with fingering) in
PDF format is also available.
This has been extensively reworked in January, 2002, to make use of the great improvements in
NoteWorthy Composer during the intervening time from the first edition. The new version is
highly recommended. An alternate version of the NWC-file
is also available, optimised for viewing in
NoteWorthy Player or the
"Air on a D String (Embryonic Journey Revisited)" by Jorma Kaukonen, arr. me
This started as an attempt to play the Jefferson Airplane tune "Embryonic Journey",
but it gradually evolved into a life of its own. Hope you like my adaptation, available as a
midi-file, as a print-ready, compressed
NWC-file, or as a ready-to-print or view score in
format. If you want to hear how it sounds on a real guitar
(actually an electrified classical guitar strung with steel strings), download the
"Andante" from Mozart's Piano Concerto #21 (Electric guitar quartet arrangement)
This is one of a series of classical pieces I demo'd in 1995 for an "Electric String Quartet"
that never got off the ground. This particular one is my favourite, and notwithstanding some
awkward moments timing-wise, is my best home demo. The MPEG-audio recording is available from my
IUMA site. An
NWC-file is also available for listening, viewing,
and score printing, as is a
NWC-parts file for printing individual parts. The
front-cover is available in Rich Text File format. A
midifile is also available for those without NWC.
Finally, zipped PostScript or PDF files are available of the score and parts.
Mail me if you want them sent to you by email.
By the way, if like me you enjoy both classical and "surf" music, you'll love
treatment of classical themes in their "Get Bach" album. Surf's up in Montrèal!
"Andante" from Vivaldi's Concerto RV532 (Guitar arrangement)
A beautiful little movement from a concerto by Vivaldi. For more info, click
here, as usual there is an
NWC-file and corresponding "realistic"
midi-file The score (with fingering) in
is available from the Werner Icking Music Archive.
"Arpeggione Sonata" by Franz Schubert (Arranged for viola)
for information about this gorgeous piece by Schubert. Download either or both of
two NWC files; one for
viewing/listening and another (with cleanups such
as no dynamic variances in piano bass staff, etc.) for
Even if you have NoteWorthy Composer, I suggest downloading the
Midi-file, since it has been post-processed by
Piano-Tuner/Midi-Temp using the lush-sounding
"Werkmeister" temperament. Definitely worth the download.
Also available is the front cover and inside front cover for printing a score book, in
Rich Text File format.
For printable Postscript files, there are zip-format files for
(Will be converted to PDF at next revision.)
"Heidenröslein" (Rose on the Heath) by Franz Schubert
This touching poem by Goethe was set to music by at least a dozen different composers;
the most memorable is - not surprisingly - by Franz Schubert. I'm convinced that Franzl
composed this on guitar, since the traditional piano accompaniment is so guitaristic that
it is practically playable as written. However, I've taken the liberty of giving it my
best shot as a "real" guitar arrangement, complete with intro/coda and
guitar solo. English words adapted from a translation by Walter Meyer,
gratefully used with his permission. The
NWC-file has the lyrics in both the original
German and Mr. Meyer's translation. Also available is the
PDF file of the score. Or download the midi-karaoke files with either
the original German lyrics, or
"Italien" (Italy) by Fanny Mendelssohn
I found this lovely song by Fanny Mendelssohn (words by Franz Grillparzer) on the
Classical Midi with Words site. I immediately saw the
potential for a guitar arrangement of the accompaniment, as the chords and rhythms are inherently
very guitaristic. While I was at it, I took on the challenge of producing a singable English
translation of the lyrics. The result is not an exact translation, but in my opinion retains most
of the original meaning and feel. The printable, playable (with both sets of lyrics)
NWC-file is yours for the taking, as is the
PDF file of the score. Also available are
midi-karaoke files in either the original
German lyrics, or
English translation. The lyrics alone can be
downloaded as a
"Ständchen" (Serenade) by Franz Schubert, arranged for guitar
This is an adaptation for guitar of Schubert's gorgeous "Leise flehen meine Lieder",
D.957 No. 4. It may not be as true to the original as some other arrangements (e.g. the one by
J. K. Mertz) but it's much easier and should pose no particular difficulties for intermediate
guitarists. It uses the rich 6=D tuning, and is a good practise piece for this particular tuning.
Available are: the original source
PDF file of the score, and demonstration
"Study in B minor" by Fernando Sor
Here is a melancholy but lovely little study by Sor, scored faithful to the original but voiced
for electric jazz guitar. The classical guitar midi version is available on my
Educational Music page. The electric version is presented here to plug
my actual performance. You can get a "preview" by listening to the
midi-file, or watch the notes go by while playing
by opening the
NWC-file. Or download the
in PDF format from the Werner Icking Music Archive.
I think you'll enjoy my actual performance of this piece, download it in hi-fi mp3 from my
IUMA site. This was performed on the
beautiful guitar you see in the picture to the right, custom-built for my by Doug Thompson of
Thompson Guitars. It started out as a solid block of flame maple from Vancouver Island, laminated
vertically with African "wenji wood." The neck is the same width as a standard classical
guitar, making the classical finger-style possible. The recording was played through my home-made
"Li'l 4x4" vacuum
tube guitar amp.
"Study in E-flat" by Fernando Sor
This is a midi performance of my all-time favourite Sor study. I went to great pains to present
this in as respectful a manner as I could muster, and am quite happy with the result. Since it
is such a departure from routine midi arrangements of public-domain works, I'm presenting it
here as an arrangement in addition to the listing on my
Educational Music page. Click on the appropriate link to pick up the
midi-file, as the source
NWC-file, or as a ready-to-print or view
in PDF format. If you want to hear how it sounds on my Yamaha DB60XG, download the mpeg audio
from my IUMA site.
"Young Strephon..." by Gilbert & Sullivan (Arranged for brass band)
This is a brass band arrangement of a rousing song by Sirs Gilbert and Sullivan, from the
finale to Act I of "Iolanthe." In the song, the fairies are having a showdown with the
Parliament, with Parliament singing "Young Strephon is the kind of lout we do not care
a fig about" while the fairies sing "With Strephon for your foe, no doubt, a fearful
prospect opens out!". Hilarious. Listen to the
midifile or download the complete
NWC-file. Score and parts are readily printable,
or write me if you want the PostScript score and parts
(total of 19 instruments!) in a Winzip (PK zip) archive. I'd love to hear this one performed live!
"ZX81 meets Carcassi" by Matteo Carcassi, arranged for ZX81
(Legacy Dept): Before the dawn of history, soon after rocks were invented, there was a thing called a
which was a kit billed as the "first computer under $100", and is perhaps the most famous
of the Sinclair ZX series for just that reason. I wrote one of the very few music
programs for the ZX81 (aka Timex TS1000), monotonic (of course), in assembler (because the clock speed in
"fast" mode was only 3.5 mHz), using the cassette-tape port for audio out. Post-processing achieved by
running it through my guitar amp before recording to reel-to-reel... ah, nostalgia. Before polyphony,
DSP, wave-shaping... almost even before midi. Here's a small
of a Carcassi guitar study, ZX81-style.
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