Noodlybark Sheet Music
I've been working with some small community music groups since early 2011, and have had great delight in writing songs and tunes for the groups to sing and play. And in the spirit of sharing, I thought I'd post them here, with some simple recordings and the sheet music in PDF format, which you're very welcome to print out and pass on to any music-loving friends if you wish.
I've also included some ocarina medleys which I play on a delightful 12-Hole Soprano Purple Clay Ocarina from St Louis Ocarina (my latest addition to the menagerie of instruments in our lounge room!), as well as piano transcriptions for some pieces Frank and I have worked on together, combining his poetry with my compositions.
The scores are created using MuseScore, a freeware program which I've fallen in love with (very user-friendly, and it's free!). And most of the recordings are done at home here in Stanley, so at various points, you may hear a dog woofing, or a magpie warbling. Consider it part of the harmony.
If you'd like to use any of these songs for commercial or recording purposes, please contact the Australasian Performing Right Association at www.apra-amcos.com.au, otherwise, have fun and enjoy...
Leanne Murphy, 2012
* Saving Files: If you'd like to save any of the PDFs, right-click on the link, then in the drop-down menu click 'Save Link As...' and choose your folder.
Photos by John Purkis December 2012
Short Part Songs
Sing For Love (download PDF 23kb)
"This is a song for the common man, no better reason, no better plan than to sing for love" in a 4-part round with SATB chant.
Ho Ho Watanay (download PDF 19kb)
A simple SSAAT or SSATB (bass written up 8ve) arrangement of this beautiful traditional Iroquois lullaby.
A Path To Mystery (download PDF 24kb)
"And we'll rise and then we'll see, time was only a path to mystery" in 4-part round with ukulele accompaniment.
Small Miracles (download PDF 23kb)
"Every time we come together, sharing in each other's grace..." for SSAB.
Song For Everyone (download PDF 13kb)
"Sing for day begun, sing till day is done, song for everyone" in a 3-part round.
I Could Be (download PDF 21kb)
"I could be your daughter, oh yeah...." for high, middle and low women's voices.
Wherever We're At (download PDF 26kb)
"Wherever we're at, is where we'll come together..." in three parts for SAB.
Good The Earth, The Air, The Sun (download PDF 23kb)
The chorus for this song is a gorgeously soulful round by Fay White, called Good The Earth, and published in Community Music Victoria's wonderful Short Stuff collection. I added two verses and a harmony part - Fay liked it and suggested we change the name and make it a whole new song.
Shape Of My Heart (download PDF 45kb)
"This is the shape of my heart, this is the sound in my head, this is the wave washing over me, this is the way I make my bed. Won't you lay down your troubles, and stay here instead."
Dog and Mob (download PDF 37kb)
Co-written with Frank: "Whistle home the dog that trails the sheep, whistle home the mob, whistle home the drover..."
Underground (download PDF 29kb)
"We may be far apart, but love grows underground..."
Our Table (download PDF 48kb)
"There's more to life than sorting out trouble and strife. We've work to do, but it's gotta make us happy too..."
Beginner's Piano Music
A Minor Rondo (download PDF 30kb)
A pretty waltz melody for RH, with LH single bass notes.
Climbing & Falling (download PDF 46kb)
A 5-finger exercise inspired by Hanon.
Struttin' in C (download PDF 24kb)
A keyboard round in 4-parts featuring C scales and chords.
Suo Gan, beginners version (download PDF 20kb)
Suo Gan, advanced version (download PDF 26kb)
Traditional Welsh lullaby arranged for piano.
A Bee Among The Dandelions (download PDF 26kb)
A short G major study in waltz time, featuring RH finger 2 over finger 1 to F#.
Poetry & Music Transcriptions
The Day Craft (download PDF 134kb)
This track was included on the 30th anniversary CD edition of Going Down Swinging. For piano and spoken voice.
A Long Night To Sunrise (download PDF 67kb)
Frank's dad is a clock restorer, and this is one of his many poems on the theme of time... making time, mending time, finding time.... playing with time. For piano and spoken voice.
Tin Whistle Tunes
Spring Creek Ramble (download PDF 31kb)
Spring Creek Ramble for accompaniment of B-flat whistles (download PDF 31kb)
This track is featured on Fire In The Belly, with cellist Natasha Trinkle.
Red Kelly's Hope (download PDF 23kb)
This track is featured on Fire In The Belly, with cellist Natasha Trinkle (tune also played on melodica).
Gurgle In The Gully (download PDF 21kb)
Written after a particularly torrential downpour here on the Noodly, watching the water cascade down our swollen creek.
Medleys For 12-Hole Ocarina (& other melodic instruments)
Londonderry Air Medley (download PDF 36kb)
Londonderry Air, Annie Laurie & The Sally Gardens
Celtic Lullaby Medley (download PDF 31kb)
Ushag Veg Ruy, Codail A Leanb & Dance To Your Daddy
Country Gardens Medley (download PDF 37kb)
Country Gardens, Morning Has Broken, The Ash Grove & Simple Gifts
Botany Bay Medley (download PDF 31kb)
Botany Bay, Bound For South Australia, Drunken Sailor & Lime Juice Tub
Amazing Grace Medley (download PDF 35kb)
Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen, Down By The Riverside & Amazing Grace
Camptown Races Medley (download PDF 36kb)
Camptown Races, Oh Susanna, She'll Be Coming Round The Mountain & Polly Wolly Doodle
Scarborough Fair Medley (download PDF 35kb)
Scarborough Fair, Greensleeves & Six Ribbons
Baroque Medley (download PDF 45kb)
Bach Minuet, Handel Chorus from Judas Maccabaeus & Vivaldi Spring
Battle Hymn Medley (download PDF 34kb)
The Minstrel Boy, When Johnny Comes Marching Home & Battle Hymn of the Republic
Swanee River Medley (download PDF 33kb)
Swanee River, Home On The Range & Clementine