The free scores on this page are all original works, in some cases based on earlier pieces by other composers, in other cases entirely new compositions written in early styles ("new wine in old bottles"), else entirely contemporary works. The author retains full copyright to the sheet music but grants users permission to download, print, and otherwise make use of each score so long as (a) nothing is altered without author permission and (b) full attribution is given.
The composer would like your feedback! Please send your comments to John Osterhagen at josterha @ aol.com.
John Osterhagen is a member of the Saint Cecilia Consort, the Schola Cantorum of St. Peter the Apostle, the Choir of St. Peter's Church in-the-Loop, Chicago Choral Artists, and the Choir of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.
Contact: John Osterhagen, 1413 W. Argyle Street #1, Chicago, IL 60640; phone 773-561-4207; or e-mail josterha @ aol.com.
Sample MP3s of John Osterhagen's music here.
Following are modern settings of early compositions, arranged in most cases for recorder consort (typically SATB) and/or in some cases for voice.
These are various settings of Veni, veni, Emmanuel, 9th Century, plainchant mode I, 15th Century.
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (PDF, 55 KB). Setting for voice.
O Come, Thou Wisdom (PDF, 108 KB). Setting for recorder consort (SATB).
O Come, Thou Holy Lord of Might (PDF, 56 KB). Setting for voice (three pairs of singers).
O Come, Thou Rod of Jesse's Stem (PDF, 117 KB). Setting for recorder consort (SATB).
O Come, Thou Key of David (PDF, 132 KB). Setting for voice (SSATBB).
O Come, Desire of Nations (PDF, 181 KB). Setting for recorder consort (SATB).
O Come, Thou Dayspring (PDF, 122 KB). Setting for recorder consort (SATB) and voice.
O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden, source: Geistlich Görlitz 1613; Hans Leo Hassler, melody; Paul Gerhardt, text.
O Haupt voll Blut and Wunden (PDF, 163 KB). Setting for five recorders and/or voice.
O Haupt... (PDF, 77 KB), part for soprano recorder.
O Haupt... (PDF, 78 KB), part for alto recorder.
O Haupt... (PDF, 75 KB), part for tenor recorder.
O Haupt... (PDF, 80 KB), part for voices and/or for tenor and bass recorder.
Heinlein is based on a tune attributed to Martin Herbst (1654-1681).
Heinlein (PDF, 203 KB). Setting for five recorders.
These settings are based on the 9th century hymn Conditor alme siderum.
To be played together with Andrew Paul Fredel's settings of Conditor alme siderum.
Condite Alme Siderum (fauxbourdon) (PDF, 17 KB). Setting for four recorders (ATTB).
Condite Alme Siderum (final stanza) (PDF, 23 KB). Setting for four recorders (ATTB).
Following is some contemporary music, not directly or at all related to early music, but interesting and worthwhile nonetheless:
Nunc Dimittis, The Canticle of Simeon is a vocal piece inspired by Luke 2:29-32.
Nunc Dimittis (PDF, 48 KB). Setting for voices, two sopranos and two altos.
Love Is Strong as Death, the Song of Solomon 8:6 and Ruth 1:16 set to music, is a voice and organ piece written to celebrate the marriage of Melissa Joanne Miner and Anthony Oquendo.
Love Is Strong as Death (PDF, 48 KB). Setting for organ and soprano voice.
Ecce Virgo Concipiet, an "Elaboration on the Communio for the Fourth Sunday of Advent," is a choir, piano, and recorder piece dedicated to Laura Osterlund.
Ecce Virgo Concipiet (PDF, 81 KB). Setting for choir, piano, and alto recorder.
Magnificat Primi Toni, "The Canticle of the Blessed Virgin in the First Tone," is a piece for four voices.
Magnificat Primi Toni (PDF, 51 KB). Setting for two soprano and two alto voices.