Music, Composition and Theory

Rowy van Hest
Nederlands English

Chord Progressions & Cadences

Free and Royalty-Free

To most amateurs making music is the same as playing chords. Musicians who studied classical harmony sometimes play chords too, but they connect the notes in a more sophisticated manner. This method is called Voice Leading and it is very difficult to learn.

That is why I offer you short chord progressions and cadences in a classical manner. I wrote them for piano, but they can be used in any arrangement, like a string quartet. All progressions are endless loops and they can be randomly combined within the key.

The progressions are royalty free. Even the download of all the chords progressions is free. Better yet, you receive free music xml's, so you can import the progressions in your favourite music notation software. That way you will be able to hear, transpose and edit them.

100 Free Chord Progressions (zip) - Version 2

However, music is more than just progressions. Download three 4-part voice lead compositions plus their MusicXMLs for free.

If you download the free index of The Calendar, you will have 366 examples of time signatures, keys, rhythms and patterns that could inspire you. Go to The Calendar.

Voice-lead 5-Part Chord Progression Generator

edit february 2021: We've started test runs and we're finetuning the app.

We are working on a new website with a web app that enables you to generate more than a million unique five-part progressions. The progressions sound logical, the voicing is classical, and the harmony will be analysed with Roman numerals according to the European system.

Five-part chords sound fuller and richer on a piano. They also make orchestration easier. All you have to do is divide the voices on the instrument groups.

Each progression is royalty free and of a high quality. Ideal for (neo-)classical music, film music, popular music and for educational projects. The progressions can be downloaded as a music xml, so you can transpose and edit them in your own notation software or convert them to midi.

No AI has been used. The generator is based on an expert system built by a classically trained and experienced composer.

This unique webapp will be available in 2021. Just visit this webpage once a month to see if the site is up and running.