Open Instrumentation Sheet Music

Pieces may have an open instrumentation either by an explicit choice of the composer, or because they come from a time or tradition where it is not customary to specify instrumentation in written music, and there are little certainties as to which instrument should be used for a piece. When the open instrumentation comes from an explicit choice of the composer, it may be because the composition can either be played by many instruments without it affecting its spirit, or because the choice of instrument may be considered a part of the artistic interest of the piece.

Title Composer Form Period
Aria Pietro Locatelli Aria / Arietta Baroque
Courtly Masquing Ayres John Adson Aria / Arietta Baroque
Morir vogl'io Emanuele Astorga Aria / Arietta Baroque
Primo libro d'Arie musicali Girolamo Frescobaldi Aria / Arietta Baroque
A Companion to the Ball Room Thomas Wilson Books Classical
Breve et facile maniera d'essercitarsi a far passaggi Giovanni Luca Conforti Books Renaissance
Davidson's Gems of Scottish Melody George Henry Davidson Books Classical
Diverse curiose è rare partite musicali Johann Jacob Froberger Books Baroque
La veritable maniere d'apprendre a jouer en perfection du haut-bois, de la flute et du flageolet Jean-Pierre Freillon Poncein Books Baroque
Libro de cifra nueva Luis Venegas de Henestrosa Books Renaissance
Manuscript Tune Book No.8 James Edmond Farrow Books Romantic
Newe ausserlesene Paduanen, Galliarden, Cantzonen, Allmand und Couranten William Brade Books Baroque
The Harmonical Miscellany Francesco Geminiani Books Baroque
The Social Orchestra Stephen Foster Books Romantic
9 Canons, ZWV 191 Jan Dismas Zelenka Canon Baroque
14 Canons, BWV 1087 Johann Sebastian Bach Canon Baroque
Artificii musicali, Op.13 Giovanni Battista Vitali Canon Baroque
Cancrizan compositions Francisco Valls Canon Baroque
Canon for 2 Tenor Instruments Josquin Des prez Canon Renaissance
Canon in A minor, BWV 1073 Johann Sebastian Bach Canon Baroque
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