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York Guitar Quartet: On the Overgrown Path
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Anon. Bai Mudan Listen
A Chinese folk song.

Grades: 4,4,3,2,1,1

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  In Dulci Jubilo
An English carol..

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 4,6,6,2,2,2

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  Three Pieces from the Mulliner Book
I smile to see how you devize, La Doune Cella, La Bounette - performed by the Sliven Guitar Ensemble, Bulgaria (nice bass!) listen
The Mulliner Book, in the British Museum, contains over a hundred instrumental and vocal works by sixteenth century composers.

Parts: alto, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 3,3,2,2,3

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  The Water is Wide
An old English or Scottish air (Oh Waly, Waly)listen

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 2,4,3,3,2,1

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  The Sage Leaf - from The English Dancing Master - 1670 listen

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 4,2,3,4,3

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Bach J.S.

Prelude No. 9 (from the 48 Preludes & Fugues)

Parts: (alto/gtr1), gtr2, (gtr3/bass), contrabass - Grades: (5/7),5,(4/3),3

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  Prelude No.22 (from the 48 Preludes & Fugues)

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr, (bass/contrabass) - Grades: 4,3,3,(3/3)

(... a beautiful transcription of a piece which is one of the most moving of the '48'. Classical Guitar August 1997)

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  Fugue No. 22 (from the 48 Preludes & Fugues)

Parts: alt1, (alt2/gtr1), gtr2, (gtr3/bass), contrabass - Grades: 3,(2/3),3,(2/2),3

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  Fugue No. 23 (from the 48 Preludes & Fugues)

Parts: (alto/gtr1), gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: (5/6),5,5,5,5

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  Suite No.2 (BWV1067)

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, (gtr4/bass /contrabass) - Grades: 7,6,5,(6/7/6)

The Suite No. 2 (originally in B minor) was written for flute, 2 violins, viola and continuo.

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  Suite No. 4 (BWV1069)

Parts: alt1, alt2, alt3, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades: 6,5,3,6,5,3,4

The Suite No. 4(originally in D major) was written for 3 trumpets, tympani, 3 oboes, 2 violins, viola and continuo.

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  Adagio BWV 564 (originally in C major for organ)

Parts: alto, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 6,1,1,1,1

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  Schafe können sicher weiden
(Sheep may safely graze) - Aria from BWV 208

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 4,4,5,5,4,1

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Beethoven, L. van Adagio (WoO 43b) originally in Eb major for mandolin and harpsichord.

Parts: alt1, (alt2/gtr1), gtr2, gtr3, (gtr4/bass), contrabass - Grades: 6,(3/4),3,2,(2/2),5

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  Sonatine

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades 5,3,1,1,1,1

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Boccherini, L. Minuet (from the famous Quintet in E, Opus 11 No. 5)

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades: 6,4,3,2,1,1

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Bononcini, G. B. Concerto (originally for violoncello and violin concertante, 2 violins and basso continuo)

Parts: (alto/gtr1), gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: (6/8),5,5,6,2

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Boyce, W. Symphony No. 1
One of the set of eight symphonies.

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades: 5,5,6,4,3,5

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  Symphony No.2

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades: 7,7,6,5,2,2

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  Symphony No. 3
One of the set of eight symphonies.

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades: 4,5,5,6,4,3,4

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  Symphony No. 4
One of the set of eight symphonies.

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades: 4,5,5,6,4,3,2

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Byrd, W. Callino Casturame

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 5,6,2,3,3,3

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Corelli, A. Concerto No.6 Opus 6 - performed by St. Joseph's Institution Guitar Ensemble, Singapore.
from 12 concerti grossi.

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 7,7,6,4,1,2,4,2

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Couperin F. Les Barricades Mystérieuses - Arranged for guitar orchestra from the harpsichord original.
The guitar 2 part is very useful for getting practice reading ties!

Parts: alt1, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades: 4,5,3,2,1

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Dowland, J. Three Pieces

Lachrimae Antiquae Pavan listen; Captain Digorie Piper His Galliard listen; M. George Whitehead His Almand.

The source material for these three pieces was the original for viols and lute continuo as well as solo lute versions of the same pieces, which were a useful source of division material.

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 7,4,4,3,3,3

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  Come, Heavy Sleep
This beautiful song by John Dowland (1562-1626) has been arranged from his original for four voices and lute. Dowland's lute songs represent a pinnacle of the art and this one must surely be one of the most poignant.

Parts: alt1, (alt2/gtr1), gtr2, gtr3, (gtr4/bass), contrabass -Grades: 4,(4/5),3,3,(2/2)

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  M. John Langton's Pavan

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 5,3,3,3,2,2

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  Semper Dowland, Semper Dolens

Parts: (alt/gtr1), (alt2/gtr2), gtr3, gtr4, gtr5, bass - Grades: (5/5),(5/5),4,4,3,2

Also as a quintet:

Parts: (alt1/gtr1), (alt2/gtr2), gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: (5/5),(5/5),4,4,2

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  The Right Honourable Robert, Earl of Essex His Galliard

Parts: alto, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 2,4,3,3,1

Also as a quintet:

Parts: gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, gtr5 - Grades: 3,4,3,2,1

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  The King of Denmark, His Galliard
This arrangement of the famous galliard of John Dowland (1562-1626) has been taken from two sources - the lute solo with divisions and also the version for 5 viols with lute continuo. Using the 5 part version as a basis, I have attempted to use Dowland's style of division writing from his lute solo.

Parts: alt1, (alt2,gtr1), gtr2, (gtr3/ bass), (gtr4/contrabass) - Grades: 6,(4/4),3,(3/2),(3/3)

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Dvorak, A. Serenade for Strings Op. 22 (1st. movement)

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, (bass/gtr3), contrabass - Grades: 6,6,5,4,(3/3),4

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  Serenade Op. 44 (1st. movement)
The Opus 44 Serenade was originally written for 10 wind instruments with violoncellos and basses. There are four movements of which this is the first. This starts in the style of a March; the mood in the second half of the piece becomes much more lyrical and polyphonic.

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, (gtr4/bass), contrabass - Grades: 6,6,6,4,3,3,3

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  Slavonic Dance Opus 46 No.3 - Polka
Dvorak produced two sets of eight Slavonic Dances in response to a request from a publisher to produce something similar to Brahms' popular 'Hungarian Dances'. The first set of dances, from which this dance is taken, were originally composed for piano duet in 1878, though Dvorak commenced orchestrating them before the set was complete. They are based rhythmically on characteristic Czech dances (Furiant, Polka, Sousedska and Skocna) but the musical material is Dvorak's own.

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades: 6,5,3,4,3

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  Slavonic Dance Opus 46 No.4

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades: 6,6,3,4,3

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  Slavonic Dance Opus 46 No.6

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades: 7,6,4,4,4

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Slavonic Dance Opus 46 No.8 - Furiant Listen - As performed by Guitarstrophe - The Western Australian Guitar Ensemble and also by Raffles Institution (Junior College) Guitar Ensemble.

Dvorák produced two sets of eight Slavonic Dances in response to a request from a publisher to produce something similar to Brahms' popular 'Hungarian Dance'. The first set of dances, from which this dance is taken, were originally composed for piano duet in 1878, though Dvorák commenced orchestrating them before the set was complete. They are based rhythmically on characteristic Czech dances (Furiant, Polka, Sousedská and Skocná) but the musical material is Dvorák's own.

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades: 5,5,2,3,2

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Fauré, G. Berceuse - from Dolly Suite.

Grades: 4,2,4,2,2

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Forrest, A. Barcarowl listen

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 3,4,2,2,2,3

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  Champagnoise - after the C.16 French composer Claude Gervaise. listen

Parts: (alto/gtr1), gtr2, gtr3, (bass/contrabass) - Grades: 2-3

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  Fantasy on Two French Carols - (Recorded by York Guitar Quartet here)
The two carols upon which this fantasy is based are 'La Ballade de Jesus Christ' and 'Quelle est Cette Odeur Agréable?'. These are both early traditional French carols.

Parts: (alto/gtr1), gtr2, (bass/gtr3), (contrabass/gtr4) - Grades: (4/5),3,(3/3),(3/3)

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  Green Donkey listen
An exciting, melodious piece with interesting effects and rhythms. (Also available for 3 guitars)

Parts: alt1, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades: 4,5,4,3,3

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  Joropó - Recorded by York Guitar Quartet here, and also performed by Požega School of Music Guitar Orchestra (Croatia).
A dance in a vibrant Latin rhythm and great fun to play.

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades: 3,4,4,3,2

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  Little Prelude for Lesley listen

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 3,3,3,3,3,3

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Primavera - (Recorded by York Guitar Quartet here)
A quartet influenced by flamenco modes and rhythms.

Parts: alto, gtr2, gtr3, contrabass - Grades: 7-8

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  Elegy - (Recorded by York Guitar Quartet here)

For quartet of alto, 2 guitars and contrabass - Grades 6-8

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Variations on a Slovak Folk Song - (A ja som z Oravy debnár )- scores enlarged and updated 2017-03-1.
Loosely translated as 'A cooper from Orava am I'. The parts are not hard to play but the ensemble can be tricky!

Parts: alto, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 5,6,6,6,5

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arr. Forrest, A. Forrest Ensemble Series
A series of collections designed to work for small or large groups of players. Ideal for school or amateur ensembles at various levels.

Grades: 1-3

(Six packages of quartets for school or amateur ensembles... the pieces have all been tried out and approved by children from 7 to 18 in groups varying in size from 4 to 40.... Classical Guitar)

   
  Forrest Ensemble Series No.1
Pastime with Good Company (Henry VIII); Ronde (Susato)Listen; Mourqui (L. Mozart); Men of Harlech (trad.); Muss I Den (German trad.); Catalan Carol(Salten y Bailen)

(Six pieces...all work really well. ..a truly excellent collection of pieces.. Classical Guitar)

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass, contrabass - Grades: 3,2,1,1,1,1,1,1

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  Forrest Ensemble Series No.2
Branle (Susato); Almande (Gervaise);Trumpet Minuet (Handel); The Leaving of Liverpool (English Trad.)listen; Berceuse (No.1 from Dolly Suite - Fauré) listen ; The River Wisla (Polish trad.)

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass, contrabass - Grades: 3,2,2,2,1,2,2,1

(most welcome additions to the ensemble music for 3 or 4 guitars ... excellent value. Classical Guitar)

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  Forrest Ensemble Series No.3
Allemande and Nachtanz (Susato); Cupararee or Graysin listen (G. Coperario); Minuet (from Music for the Royal Fireworks - Handel); Janette's Thumb Jig (Forrest); Santa Lucia (Italian trad.)listen; Greek Dance (trad.)

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass, contrabass - Grades: 3,2,3,2,2,2,2,1

(...tried, tested and approved by children aged 7 to 18. Classical Guitar)

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  Forrest Ensemble Series No.4
Bourrée 1 & 2, Ballet (from Terpsichore - Praetorius); Vals (Op. 70 No.1 - Chopin) listen; Menuetto (from K229 - W.A.Mozart); Speak to me (trad. Greek)

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass, contrabass - Grades: 3,2,4,3,2,2,2,2

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  Forrest Ensemble Series No.5
My Love Hath Vow'd (Campion); Ye Banks and Braes (trad. Scottish) listen; Minuet for French Horn (Handel); Gavot (Boyce); La Filadora (Catalan folk song)

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass, contrabass - Grades: 3,3,5,3,2,2,1

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  Forrest Ensemble Series No.6
Dance & Nachtanz (Haussman); La Réjouissance listen (Handel); Serenade - Ständchen (Schubert) listen; Mexican Hat Song (trad.)

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 5,5,5,4,3,3,2

( I have reviewed several of the editions in this series ... and have been highly delighted with the chosen music, the arrangements and the preparation. Classical Guitar, Dec. 1989)

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Forrest Ensemble Series No.7

Bransle I (Gervaise); Danza & Triple (Forrest, Nesbitt); Now, oh now I needs must part (Dowland); Aire from the Water Music (Handel); Menuette (W.A.Mozart); Impromptu No.3 (Schubert) listen; The South Wind (an Irish Air) listen; Brian Boru (an Irish Air) listen.

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 2,3,2,2,2,1

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  Amtrad listen
An enjoyable arrangement of four well-known American traditional songs.

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades: 2-3

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  Andulko Safárova listen
A traditional Czech Folk song.

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades 5,4,3,3,3

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  An Tailliuir
based on a hauntingly beautiful Irish melody

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 3,3,2,2,2,2

(... the Irish tune is arranged to perfection – gorgeous! - Dorset Guitar Society Orchestra)

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  Bulgarsk - A traditional Bulgarian melody - (Recorded by York Guitar Quartet here)

Parts: alto, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 7,6,5,3,3

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  Dorke - A traditional Bulgarian melody - (Recorded by York Guitar Quartet here)

Parts: alto, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 6,6,5,4,4

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  Bucimis
A traditional Bulgarian melody - (Recorded by York Guitar Quartet here)

Parts: alto, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 8,8,6,6,5

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  Eleno Mome - A traditional Bulgarian melody

Parts: alto, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 8,8,6,5,5

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  The Coolin
A traditional Irish melody- An Chúilfhionn

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass- Grades: 3,4,3,2,2,2

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La Cucuracha
A traditional, lively Spanish piece.

Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass- Grades: 2-4

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  Stare Ljubavi
A traditional Bosnian melody (I think! please let me know if it's recent and copyright; then I would remove it)

Grades: 5,5,3,3,3,2

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  European Folk Songs
At Cock Crow (Italy); Da Bi Imal Perje (Yugoslavia) listen; The Blackbird (Basque folk song); Jean Renaud (Normandy)listen; Pala Magla (Yugoslavia)listen; Bonnie Dundee (Scotland)

Three of these pieces - Da Bi Imal Perje, The Blackbird and Bonnie Dundee are simple settings of traditional songs while the others have been more fully developed with changes of mood and texture.

Parts: alt, gtr1, gtr2, (gtr3 / bass), contrabass - Grades: 2-3

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  Fiddlers Playing
A song and dance from the Ukraine

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 4,5,3,2,1,1

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  Greek Dance
As in Forrest Guitar Ensembles No.3, but in a different key and slightly harder.

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 2,4,2,2,2,2

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  Hrály Dudy
A popular traditional Czech song.

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, (bass/contrabass) - Grades: 4,2,2,1,(1/1)

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  My Love's An Arbutus
An old Irish air, arranged by Charles Villiers Stanford

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 4,4,2,2,2,2

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  Noches de Luna
A beautiful vidala from Argentina for guitar quartet or orchestra listen and also listen in France.

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3,bass, contrabass - Grades: 2-4

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  Ogûn Gori na Balkana listen (played by York Guitar Quartet)
Based on "Fires are burning on the mountains" - a Bulgarian folk song

Parts: alto, gtr2, gtr3, contrabass - Grades: 7-8

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  Seasongs
This is a setting of seven songs of the sea, traditionally sung by British sailors. Some of the songs are well known, others less so and, like the sea, they vary in mood and tempo. listen

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 3,4,2,2,2,2

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  Three Pieces from the British Isles
The Cuckoo's Nest; The Lilting Fisherman; The Sheffield Hornpipe listen.

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades: 4,3,3,2,2

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  Tyrolean Cradle Song (Tyrolische Wiegenlied)
A popular Austrian carol

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 3,1,2,1,1,1

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  Vyletel Vták - (Recorded by York Guitar Quartet here)
Based on "Bird above the Clouds" - a Slovak folk song

Parts: alto, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 3-5

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Frescobaldi G. Canzon Quarti Toni (Missa degli Apostoli)
from Fiori musicali di compositioni (Venice, 1635)

Parts: alto, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades 4,4,3,2,2

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  Bergamasca
from Fiori musicali di compositioni (Venice, 1635)

Parts: alto, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades 6,5,5,5,4

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Gastoldi, G. G.

Balletti a Cinque Voci - Con li suoi Versi per cantare, sonare & ballare.

Introduttione a i Balletti; L'innamorato; Il bell'humore; Il contento; Speme Amorosa; Lo Schernito; Gloria d'Amore; Il Piacere; L'Ardito; Amor Vittorioso; Il Premiato; La Sirena; La Belleza; Caccia d'Amore; Il Martellato; L'Acceso

Parts: alto, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 4,4,3,3,3

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Miracol'in Natura voglio dire listen - from Harmonia Celeste di diversi eccelentissimi a V voci.

Parts: alto, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 4-5

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Grieg, E. Vektersang (Watchman's Song)
Opus 12 No.3

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades: 2,4,4,1,1

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  Elverdans (Elfin Dance)
Opus 12 No.4

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades: 5,3,3,1

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  Morgenstemning (Morning mood)
from Peer Gynt Suite Opus 46 No. 1

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades: 6,6,5,4,4

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  Åses Dod (Aases Death)
from Peer Gynt Suite Opus 46 No. 2

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades: 4,3,2,2,2

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  Anitras Dans (Anitra's Dance)
from Peer Gynt Suite Opus 46 No. 3

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades: 6,5,3,3,3

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  I Dovregubbens hall (In the Hall of the Mountain King) - performed by the Camerata de Violões EMESP here.
from Peer Gynt Suite Opus 46 No. 4

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades: 6,5,4,4,3

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  Solveigs sang (Solveig's Song)
from Peer Gynt Suite Opus 55 No. 4

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades: 6,6,4,3,3

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  Solveigs Vuggevise (Solveig's Cradle Song)
from Peer Gynt Suite Scene 10

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 5,4,3,2,1,2

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  Ingrids Klage (Ingrid's Lament)
from Peer Gynt Suite Opus 55 No.1

Parts: alto, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 6,3,3,4,3

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Handel, G.F. Concerto Grosso No.4

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 6,6,7,5,3,3,3

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  Concerto Grosso No.6 - 4th movement performed by Raffles Institution (Secondary) Guitar Ensemble, Singapore.

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 7,7,5,4,3,3,3

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  Concerto Grosso No.9

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades: 8,7,6,4,4,6,3

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  Concerto Grosso No.12
This concerto, the last of a set of twelve and composed in 1739, was originally scored for two concertino violins, two ripieno violins, viola, violincello and bass continuo. In this arrangement, the solo violin parts are taken by alto guitars whose clarity of tone allows them to project easily in a full ensemble. The orchestral parts are taken by tenor guitars, baritone and contrabass guitar.

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, (gtr4/bass), contrabass - Grades: 6,5,5,2,2,(4/3),4

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  Three Pieces
These three quartets are taken from Handel's orchestral works and form a pleasing performance set of varied character for quartet or larger ensemble of intermediate ability. The Musette listen is from the Masque "Terpsichore" whilst the Lentement and Allegro are from the Water Music. Listen to the Allegro here listen performed by the Orquesta de Guitarras del Conservatorio Simón Bolívar

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 2-5

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  Flute Suite from the Water Music - performed by the Conjunto de Guitarras del Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico.
The famous Water Music, first performed on a barge on the River Thames in 1717, is composed of a series of 3 suites written for different groups of instruments. The flute Suite, originally in G major, was written for flute, piccolo, violins, viola and violoncello. The central guitar quartet can stand on its own but requintos and bass may be added as desired as long as the balance of parts is maintained.

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 4,3,5,3,2,2,2

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Three pieces from Alceste - Ballo primo, L'ultimo Ballo, Gentle Morpheus Son of Night listen.

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 5,4,4,2,2

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Haydn, J.

German Dance No.4

Parts: alto, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 3,2,2,1,1

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German Dance No.12

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 3,4,2,1,1

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  Notturno No.2 (Hoboken II:26)
Written in 1788 for an unusual combination of instruments (including the lyra organizzata - a combination of hurdygurdy and portative organ), this nocturne is in 3 movements - with an enchanting central adagio.

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 6,6,5,5,6,6,6

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Holborne, Anthony Three Pieces by Anthony Holborne
Pieces: Pavan The Funerals; Almain the Honeysuckle; Galliard the Faerie-Round
Also available as a Guitar Quintet.

Parts:( alt1/gtr1), (alt2/gtr2), gtr3, (gtr4/bass), (gtr5/contrabass) - Grades: (4/5),(3/4),3,(3/4),(3/4)

N0037
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  Six Pieces by Anthony Holborne
Pieces: The Fruit of Love (Almain); Spero (Pavan); Galliard; Almayne; Noel's Galliard; Heigh Ho Holiday (Coranto)
Also available as a Guitar Quintet.

Parts: (alt1/gtr1), (alt2/gtr2), gtr3, gtr4, bass, contrabass - Grades: (5/6),(4/4),3,3,3,3

N0038
Orchestra

Q0038

Quintet

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  Five Quintets
(Specially produced for the Wheeler School Guitar Ensemble)

Pieces: The Widowes' Myte, The Image of Melancolly, The Marie-golde, The Cradle and a Galliard

Also available as a Guitar Quintet.

Parts: (alto/ gtr1), gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 5,4,4,4,3

N0039
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Q0039

Quintet

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Iradier S. La Paloma listen

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 4,4,3,3,3

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Janacek, L. Starodávny (Lachian Dance No. 1)
This is the first of the Lachian Dances for Orchestra by Janacek (1854-1928).

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades: 6,5,5,4,3,2

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  Pozehnany (Lachian Dance No. 2)
This is the second of the Lachian Dances for Orchestra by Janacek (1854-1928). It is a work of good humour and harmonic invention.

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr3, (gtr4/bass), contrabass - Grades: 6,6,5,4,(4/4),3

N0065 Download
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Moszkowski M. Spanish Dance No.1 (originally for piano duet)

Parts: alto, gtr2, (gtr3, bass), contrabass - Grades: 8,8,6,7

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Mozart, L. Polonaise from Notenbuch für Wolfgang

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades: 5,3,2,1,2,1

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  Jägerlied (Hunter's Song) -from Notenbuch für Wolfgang

Parts: alt1, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades: 4,4,3,4,4

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Mozart, W.A.

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Listen to the 1st movement here listen performed by the Orquesta de Guitarras del Conservatorio Simón Bolívar.

Parts: alto, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades: 4-7

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  Serenata Notturna (Serenade No. 6)
Serenade No. 6, also known as Serenata Notturna, was composed in 1776 for an unusual combination of instruments. These were a string quartet of 2 violins, viola and bass; a string orchestra of 2 violin parts, viola and violincellos but no basses, and timpani. The piece may be performed by players with a wide range of abilities.

Parts: alt1, alt2, bass, contrabass, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, - Grades: 6,6,4,4,4,4,2,2

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  Romance from Piano concerto No. 20 K.466 listen

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1,gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass- Grades: 7,6,5,5,2,1,1

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Nin, J. Granadina and Saeta

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 5,5,6,4,4,4,4

These two pieces are taken from Twenty Spanish Folk Songs by Joaquín Nin. They were originally written for soprano and piano and cover all regions of Spain; the Granadina and the Saeta both being from Andalucia. Granadinas exist as a flamenco form alternating strict tempo dance sections with freer lyrical passages. Whilst Nin's Granadina is an original composition, it does recognise the feel of its Spanish forerunner. The Saeta is of very different character being a processional music form that is used on religious occasions.

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  Offenbach, J. Entr'acte & Barcarolle

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades: 5,4,3,2,3,5

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Pergolesi, G.B. Concerto a 4 (originally for flute, 2 violins and bass)

Grades: 6,6,5,2,2

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Poulenc, F.

Suite Française

Bransle de Bourgogne; Pavane Download; Petite Marche Militaire; Complainte; Bransle de Champagne Download; Sicilienne; Carillon Download
.....Poulenc's Suite Française, the York Guitar Quartet producing a surprising range of expression from bold, brassy sonorities to the quietest pianissimo which brought an almost profound stillness to the audience. (Classical Guitar)

Parts: (alt1/gtr1), (alt2/gtr2), (bass/gtr3), (contrabass/gtr4) - Grades: (5/6),(5/6),(4/4),(4/4)

N0080 Download
Praetorius, M. Spagnoletta
from the Masque 'Terpsichore'

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 2,3,3,2,2,2,2

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  Ten Dances from Terpsichore
A selection of my favourites.

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 2,3,3,2,2,2

N0086 Download
Ravel M. Laidonnerette, Impératrice des Pagodes
from Ma Mère l'Oye

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 8,8,6,4,4,4,3

N0198 Download
Ravenscroft, T. Martin Said To His Man Download
From Deuteromelia (1609) - a book of early English part songs.

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass, contrabass - Grades: 4,5,2,3,2,2,2

N0083 Download
Rimsky Korsakov, N. Song of the Indian Guest (Hindu Song) - from the opera Sadko

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades 4,5,4,3,3

N0084 Download
Scarlatti, D. Sonata K 338
Originally for harpsichord.

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades: 7,7,4,3,2

N0088 Download
  Sonata K 338
Originally for harpsichord.

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades: 6,5,3,2,1

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  Sonata Longo 23
Originally for harpsichord in Emajor

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades: 7,5,4,1,1

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Simpson, Thomas Galliarde (c. 1617)
Originally for consort of viols

Parts: alto, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 5,5,4,3,2

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Strauss, Johann An Der Schönen Blau Donau (The Blue Danube Waltzes)
This Waltz for Orchestra, Opus 314, has ever been a great favourite with audiences throughout the world. Arrangements have been made for guitars before, but they have usually just been of the first Waltz and have not tried to capture the whole breadth ofthe piece. This arrangement is complete with all five waltzes and the full Coda.

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 6,6,5,3,2,3,3

N0085 Download
Susato, T. Seven Pieces from the Danserye (1551)
Ronde 9; Allemande; Pavane: 'Mille Ducas'; Shepherd's Dance; King's Dance; Ronde: 'Warum'; Mohrentanz.

Parts: alto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 4,3,2,2,1,2

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Vásquez, J. Three Pieces by the composer Juan Vásquez (c.1500 - c.1560)

Grades: 4-5

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Vivaldi, A. La Pastorella (1st. movement)
'La Pastorella' was originally scored in D major for solo recorder, oboe, violin, basson and continuo. In this arrangement, the altos take the parts of recorder and oboe, a tenor guitar the violin and (the bass and) contrabass the bassoon. The continuo is taken up by three separate tenor guitar parts.

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 6,6,5,3,2,2,4

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Concerto RV535 (originally for 2 oboes, strings and continuo)

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass, contrabass - Grades: 8,6,6,5,3,5,4

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  Concerto for Two Mandolins listen performed by Selby Music Centre Guitar Ensemble, North Yorkshire, England.
The concerto was originally written for mandolins, string orchestra and continuo in G major. This arrangement for two altos, two tenor guitars, one bass and one contrabass guitar has been transposed to C major to suit the range of the instruments more effectively.

It is possible to double the solo alto parts where the rest of the ensemble is of sufficient size (e.g. eight or more tenor guitars) - this gives the advantage of 'back-up' for less experienced performers, and also imitates the 'double-string' effect of the mandolin

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades: 6,6,5,3,3

N0095 Download
  Lute concerto in D major
Originally written for lute and strings.

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, bass, contrabass - Grades 7,6,5,3,3,3

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L'Estro Armonico, Op. 3 No.8

Parts: alt1, alt2, gtr1, gtr2, (gtr3/bass), contrabass - Grades 6,6,6,4,3,4

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  L'Estro Armonico, Op. 3 No.11 Listen - As performed by Guitarstrophe - The Western Australian Guitar Ensemble
This concerto, from the 'Estro Armonico', was originally scored in D minor for solo violins 1 and 2, solo violoncello and orchestra (consisting of violins 1 and 2, violas 1 and 2 and basso continuo). The solo violins have been replaced by altos, the violoncello by bass guitar, the basso continuo by contrabass and the rest by standard tenor guitars.

Parts: alt1, alt2, bass, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, contrabass - Grades 6,6,5,4,4,3,4

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