Guitar Orchestras
Listen to York Guitar Quartet performing on their album On The Overgrown Path.
Composer
Title
Code
Anon.
Bai Mudan - The White Peony - a Chinese folk song.
Grades: 4,4,3,2,1,1
G0157
In Dulci Jubilo
An English carol.
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 4,6,6,2,2
G0061
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!) and also from Bulgaria the Guitar Ensemble ‘Coda’.
The Mulliner Book, in the British Museum, contains over a hundred instrumental and vocal works by sixteenth century composers.
Parts: rqto, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 3,3,2,2
G0022
The Sage Leaf - from The English Dancing Master - 1670 (performed amazingly by Nepal Music group RIFF)
Parts: (rqt1/gtr1), (rqt2/gtr2), gtr3, (gtr4/bass) - Grades: (5/5),(3/4),3,(3/4)
G0047
The Water is Wide - performed by Wellington Guitar Circle,NZ.
An old English or Scottish air (Oh Waly, waly).
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 3,4,3,3,3,1
G0190
Bach J.S.
Prelude No. 9
(from the 48 Preludes & Fugues)
Parts: (rqto/gtr1), gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: (6/7),5,4,7
G0112
Prelude No. 22 ( from the 48 Preludes & Fugues) - performed by Bali Guitart, Institut Seni Indonesia Denpasar.
(... a beautiful transcription of a piece which is one of the most moving of the '48'. Classical Guitar August 1997)
Parts: (rqto/gtr1), gtr2, gtr3, (gtr4/bass) - Grades: (4/4),3,3,(3/4
G0001
Fugue No. 22
(from the 48 Preludes & Fugues)
Parts: rqt1, (rqt2/gtr1), gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 3,(2/3),3,2,3
G0002
Fugue No. 23 - (from the 48 Preludes & Fugues)
Parts: (rqto/gtr1), gtr2, gtr3, (gtr4, bass) - Grades: (5/6),5,5,(5/5)
G0014
Suite No. 2 (BWV106)
The Suite No. 2 (originally in B minor) was written for flute, 2 violins, viola and continuo.
Parts: (rqto/gtr1), gtr2, gtr3, (gtr4/bass) - Grades: (6/7),6,5,(6/6)
G0003
Suite No. 4
(BWV1069)
The Suite No. 4 (originally in D major) was written for 3 trumpets, tympani, 3 oboes, 2 violins, viola and continuo.
Parts: rqt1, rqt2, rqt3, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 6,6,3,6,5,3,6
G0011
Adagio BWV 564
(originally in C major for organ)
Parts: (rqto/gtr1), gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: (6/6),1,1,1,3
G0106
Schafe können sicher weiden - (Sheep may safely graze) - Aria from BWV 208
Parts: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass- Grades: 4,4,5,5,4,1,1
G0113
Bartók, B.
Three Rondos on Slovak Folk Tunes - Sz.84
2 requintos, guitar and bass from the original for piano - performed by York Guitar Quartet here.
Grades: 8,8,8,8
G0302
Beethoven, L. van
Adagio (WoO 43b)
originally in Eb major for mandolin and harpsichord.
Parts: rqt1, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 6,4,3,2,2,5
G0009
Sonatine
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 5,3,1,1,1,1
G0008
Boccherini, L.
Minuet - (from the famous Quintet in E, Opus 11 No. 5)
Parts: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 6,4,3,2,1,1Grades: 6,5,5,4
G0004
Bononcini, G. B.
Concerto
(originally for violoncello and violin concertante, 2 violins and basso continuo)
Parts: (rqto/gtr1), gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: (6/8),5,5,7,3
G0196
Boulanger, L.
Quatre Pièces - D’un Vieux Jardin, D’un Jardin Clair; Nocturne; Cortège.
The first two pieces have been transcribed straight from the piano score (Trés Morceaux 1914). The Nocturne and Cortège had previously been published as a duet for violin and piano. I have used both this and the solo piano version for the Cortège. Performed here by York Guitar Quartet.
For requinto, 2 guitars and bass. Grades: 7,7,6,5
G0136
Boyce, W.
Symphony No. 1
One of the set of eight symphonies.
Parts: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 5,5,6,4,3,5
G0006
Symphony No. 2
Parts: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 8,7,6,5,2,4
G0013
Symphony No. 3
One of the set of eight symphonies - this being composed in 1749.
Parts: rqo1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 5,5,6,4,3,4
G0005
Symphony No. 4
One of the set of eight symphonies.
Parts: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 5,5,6,4,3,4
G0007
Byrd, W.
Callino Casturame
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 5,6,2,3,3,5
G0204
 
Carulli, F.
Concerto in a major
Parts: gtr solo, rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 8,6,7,5,1,1,1
G0152
Corelli, A.
Concerto No.6 Opus 6 - from 12 concerti grossi.
performed by St. Joseph's Institution Guitar Ensemble, Singapore.
Parts: rqt1, rqt2, solo gtr, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 7,7,4,6,4,1,2,3
G0200
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: rqt1, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 4,5,3,2,1
G0201
Dowland, J.
Three Pieces
Lachrimae Antiquae Pavan; Captain Digorie Piper His Galliard; 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: rqto, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, gtr5, bass - Grades: 7,4,3,3,3
Lachrimae Antiquae
Captain Digorie Piper His Galliard
G0010
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: rqt1, (rqt2/gtr1), gtr2, gtr3, (gtr4/bass) - Grades: 4,(3/4),3,3,(2/2)
G0015
M. John Langton's Pavan
Parts: rqto, (rqt2/gtr1), gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 5,(3/3),3,3,2,4
G0016
Semper Dowland, Semper Dolens
Parts: (rqt1/gtr1), (rqt2/gtr2), gtr3, gtr4, gtr5, bass - Grades: (5/5),(5/5),4,4,3,2
G0017
The Right Honourable Robert, Earl of Essex His Galliard
Parts: rqto, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 3,4,3,2,2
G0018
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: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, (gtr4/bass) - Grades: 6,4,3,3,(3/4)
G0020
Dvorak, A.
Serenade for Strings Op. 22 (1st. movement)
Parts: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 6,6,5,4,3,4
G0025
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: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 6,6,6,4,3,3,4
G0026
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: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 6,5,3,3,5
G0029
Slavonic Dance Opus 46 No. 4
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 6,6,3,4,3
G0030
Slavonic Dance Opus 46 No. 6
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 7,6,4,4,4
G0031
Slavonic Dance Opus 46 No. 8 - Furiant - As performed by Guitarstrophe - The Western Australian Guitar Ensemble and also by Raffles Institution (Junior College) Guitar Ensemble.
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 5,5,2,3,4
G0035
 
Fauré, G
Berceuse - from Dolly Suite - performed by Classical Guitar Ensemble "HanEum”, Republic of Korea. Nicely played though the sound quality is a little noisy.
Grades: 4,2,4,2,2.
G0197
Forrest, A.
Barcarowl - A piece in the style of a barcarole but with an echo of the bird of the night.
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 3,4,2,2,2,3
G0058
Champagnoise - after the C.16 French composer Claude Gervaise.
Parts: (rqto/gtr1), gtr2, gtr3, (gtr4/bass) - Grades: 2-3
G0046
Fantasy on Two French Carols
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. The scoring is for four tenor guitars with the option of a requinto (tuned in A) for the guitar 1 part . The bass part is complementary to the guitar 4 part rather than a substitute. It can be played on acoustic bass or a suitably controlled electric bass where the ensemble size demands it.
Performed by York Guitar Quartet here.
Parts: (rqto/gtr1), gtr2, gtr3, (gtr4/bass) - Grades: (5/4),3,3,(3/3)
G0049
Green Donkey
An exciting, melodious piece with interesting effects and rhythms. (Also available for 3 guitars)
Parts: rqt1, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 4,5,5,4,5
G0021
Joropó - Recorded by York Guitar Quartet here, and also performed by Požega School of Music Guitar Orchestra (Croatia).
As suggested by Ignacio Ornés of Venezuela, I have just increased the tempo of this Jóropo - have fun!
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 3,4,4,3,3
G0048
Little Prelude for Lesley - (played by York Guitar Quartet) and also by the DPHS Guitar Ensemble and by MacRob Senior Guitar Ensemble

Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 3,3,3,3,3,3
G0191
Variations on a Slovak Folk Song - (A ja som z Oravy debnár)
Loosely translated as 'A cooper from Orava am I'. The parts are not hard to play but the ensemble can be tricky!
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 5,6,6,6,5,5
G0151
Arr. Forrest, A.
Forrest Ensemble Series
A series of collections of quartets designed to work for small or large groups of players. Ideal for school or amateur ensembles at various levels.
Grades: 1-5
(Seven 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); Mourqui (L. Mozart); Men of Harlech (trad.); Muss I Den (German trad.); Catalan Carol (Salten y Bailen trad.)
(There are six pieces here with full score and quartet parts provided ..... There is a good mixture of styles represented, from Catalan and German folk songs to an arrangement of Men of Harlech, pieces by Mozart and Susato and a delightful arrangement of Pastime with Good Company by King Henry VIII. All work really well and should cause few problems to players of Grade 2 or 3 standard. The top part does not venture further than third position. This is a truly excellent collection of pieces; I have ordered a copy for school already, so what more can I say to recommend it? Classical Guitar)
Parts: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 3,2,1,1,1,1,1
G0121
Ronde
Forrest Ensemble Series No. 2
Branle (Susato); Almande (Gervaise); Trumpet Minuet (Handel); The Leaving of Liverpool (English Trad.); Berceuse (No.1 from Dolly Suite - Fauré); The River Wisla (Polish trad.)
(Most welcome additions to the ensemble music for 3 or 4 guitars ... excellent value. Classical Guitar)
Parts: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 4,2,2,2,1,2,2
Leaving of Liverpool
Berceuse from Dolly Suite
G0125
Forrest Ensemble Series No. 3
Allemande and Nachtanz (Susato); Cupararee or Graysin (G. Coperario); Minuet (from Music for the Royal Fireworks - Handel); Janette's Thumb Jig (Forrest); Santa Lucia (Italian trad.); Greek Dance (trad.)
(...tried, tested and approved by children aged 7 to 18. Classical Guitar)
Parts: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 3,3,3,2,2,2,2
Cupararee or Graysin
Santa Lucia
G0130
Forrest Ensemble Series No. 4
Bourrée 1 & 2, Ballet (from Terpsichore - Praetorius); Vals (Op. 70 No.1 - Chopin); Menuetto (from K229 - W.A.Mozart); Speak to me (trad. Greek)
Parts: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 4,2,4,3,2,2,4
G0135
Vals
Forrest Ensemble Series No. 5
My Love Hath Vow'd (Campion); Ye Banks and Braes (trad. Scottish); Minuet for French Horn (Handel); Gavot (Boyce); La Filadora (Catalan folk song)
Parts: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bajo - Grades: 4,4,5,3,2,2,2
G0140
Banks & Braes
Forrest Ensemble Series No. 6
Dance and Nachtanz (Haussman); La Réjouissance (Handel); Serenade (Schubert); Mexican Hat Dance (trad.)
( 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)
Parts: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 5,5,5,4,3,3,2
La Réjouissance
Serenade
G0145
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); The South Wind (an Irish Air); Brian Boru (an Irish Air).
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 2,3,2,2,2,2
Impromptu No.3
The South Wind
Brian Boru
G0146
Amtrad
An enjoyable arrangement of four well-known American traditional songs.
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 2-3
G0050
Andulko Safárova
A traditional Czech Folk song.
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 5,4,3,3,3
G0055
An Tailliuir
Based on a hauntingly beautiful Irish melody.
(... the Irish tune is arranged to perfection – gorgeous! - Dorset Guitar Society Orchestra)
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 3,3,2,2,2,2
G0045
Bulgarsk - A traditional Bulgarian melody - (Recorded by York Guitar Quartet here)
Parts: rqto, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 7,6,5,3,3
G0124
Dorke - A traditional Bulgarian melody - (Recorded by York Guitar Quartet here)
Parts: rqto, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 7,6,5,4,4
G0122
Bucimis - A traditional Bulgarian melody - (Recorded by York Guitar Quartet here)
Parts: rqto, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 8,8,6,6,6
G0123
Maričensko - Pravo Horo - A traditional Bulgarian melody - (Recorded by York Guitar Quartet here)
Parts: rqto, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 5,5,4,4
G0127
Download
More Sokol Pie - A traditional Bulgarian melody - (Recorded by York Guitar Quartet here)
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 7,8,6,6,4,5
G0128
Eleno Mome - A traditional Bulgarian melody
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 8,8,8,6,6,6
G0126
The Coolin
A traditional Irish melody- An Chúilfhionn
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 3,4,3,2,2,2
G0194
La Cucuracha
A traditional, lively Spanish piece.
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 2-3
G0261
Stare Ljubavi
A traditional Bosnian melody.
Grades: 3,5,3,3,3,4
G0195
European Folk Songs
At Cock Crow (Italy); Da Bi Imal Perje (Yugoslavia); The Blackbird (Basque folk song); Jean Renaud (Normandy); Pala Magla (Yugoslavia); 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: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 2-3
Cock Crow
Da Bi Imal Perje
Roi Renaud
Pala Magla
G0103
Fiddlers Playing
A song and dance from the Ukraine
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 4,5,3,2,2,3
G0052
Greek Dance
As in Forrest Guitar Ensembles No.3, but in a different key and slightly harder.
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 2,4,2,2,2,2
G0032
Hrály Dudy
A popular traditional Czech song.
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, (bass) - Grades: 4,2,2,1,1
G0057
My Love's An Arbutus
An old Irish air, arranged by Charles Villiers Stanford
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 4,4,2,2,2,2
G0143
Noches de Luna
A beautiful vidala from Argentina for guitar quartet or orchestra - also played by Ensemble de Guitares de Meynes et Remoulins.
Parts: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 2-4
G0120
Ogûn Gori na Balkana - (played by York Guitar Quartet)
Based on "Fires are burning on the mountains" - a Bulgarian folk song
Parts: rqto, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 7-8
G0053
Seasongs
This is a setting of seven songs of the sea, traditionally sung by British sailors - including a fog-horn, Setting the Sails, Phelim’s Wee Boat, Kelly the Pirate, Grace O’Malley, The Drunken Sailor, When the Boat Comes In and the Rio Grande. Some of the songs are well known, others less so and, like the sea, they vary in mood and tempo.Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 3,4,2,2,2,2
G0051
Three Pieces from the British Isles
The Cuckoo's Nest; The Lilting Fisherman; The Sheffield Hornpipe.
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 4,3,3,2,3
G0206
Sheffield Hornpipe
Tyrolean Cradle Song (Tyrolische Wiegenlied)
A popular Austrian carol.
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 3,1,2,1,1,1
G0165
Vyletel Vták - (Recorded by York Guitar Quartet here)
Based on "Bird above the Clouds" - a Slovak folk song
Parts: rqto, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 3-5
G0107
Frescobaldi, G.
Canzon Quarti Toni (Missa degli Apostoli) - from Fiori musicali di compositioni (Venice, 1635)
Parts: rqto, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 4,4,3,2,2
G0192
Bergamasca - from Fiori musicali di compositioni (Venice, 1635)
Parts: rqto, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 6,5,5,4,4
G0193
 
Gastoldi, C.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: rqto, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, gtr5, bass - Grades: 4,4,3,3,3,4
G0073
Miracol'in Natura voglio dire - from Harmonia Celeste di diversi eccelentissimi a V voci.
Parts: gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, gtr5, bass - Grades: 4-5
G0074
Grieg, E.
Vektersang (Watchman's Song) Opus 12 No.3
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 3,4,4,3,2,1
G0170
Elverdans (Elfin Dance) Opus 12 No.4
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 5,3,2,2,2
G0171
Morgenstemning( Morning mood) from Peer Gynt Suite Opus 46 No. 1
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 6,6,5,4,3
G0172
Åses Dod (Aases Death) from Peer Gynt Suite Opus 46 No. 2
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades 4,3,2,1,1
G0173
Anitras Dans (Anitra's Dance) from Peer Gynt Suite Opus 46 No. 3
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 6,5,3,3,3
G0174
I Dovregubbens hall (In the Hall of the Mountain King) - from Peer Gynt Suite Opus 46 No. 4
Here performed by the Camerata de Violões EMESP.
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 6,5,4,3,3
G0175
Solveigs sang (Solveig's Song) from Peer Gynt Suite Opus 55 No. 4
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 6,6,4,2,2
G0182
Solveigs Vuggevise (Solveig's Cradle Song)
from Peer Gynt Suite Scene 10
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 5,4,3,2,2
G0181
Ingrids Klage (Ingrid's Lament) from Peer Gynt Suite Opus 55 No.1
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 6,5,3,3,3
G0183
Handel G.F.
Three Pieces
These 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 is from the Masque "Terpsichore" whilst the Lentement and Allegro are from the Water Music. Listen to the Allegro here performed by the Orquesta de Guitarras del Conservatorio Simón Bolívar
Grades: 2-5
G0062
Musette
Four Pieces
These four quartets are taken from Handel's Suite in E minor for keyboard HWV438 (Allemand and Sarabande) and the Water Music (Air from the Horn Suite in F and Air from the Trumpet Suite in D).
Grades: 3,3,2,2,4
G0270
Flute Suite from the Water Music - performed by the Conjunto de Guitarras del Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico and the Allegro y Country Dance by Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School, Singapore

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.
Parts: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 4,3,5,3,2,2,3
G0160
Three pieces from Alceste - Ballo primo, L'ultimo Ballo, Gentle Morpheus Son of Night.
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 5,4,4,2,2
G0163
Gentle Morpheus
Concerto Grosso No. 4
Parts: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4 (bass) - Grades: 6,6,7,5,3,3,5,3
G0054
Concerto Grosso No. 6 - 4th movement performed by Raffles Institution (Secondary) Guitar Ensemble, Singapore.
Parts: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades 7,7,5,4,3,3,4
G0056
Concerto Grosso No. 9
Parts: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, (bass) - Grades: 8,7,6,4,4,6,4
G0059
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 requintos whose clarity allows them to project well in a full ensemble. The orchestral parts are taken by four tenor guitar parts and one bass guitar part. Where the ensemble is of reasonable size i.e. at least two tenor guitars each orchestral part, an electric bass with tone suitably adjusted can blend effectively.
Parts: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, (bass) - Grades: 6,5,5,2,2,4,4
G0060
Haydn, J.
German Dance No. 4
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 4,2,2,1,2
G0164
German Dance No. 12
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 3,2,1,1,2
G0161
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: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 6,6,5,5,6,6,6
G0076
Holborne, A.
Three Pieces by Anthony Holborne
Pieces: Pavan The Funerals; Almain the Honeysuckle; Galliard the Faerie-Round
Parts: (rqt1/gtr1), (rqt2/gtr2), gtr3, gtr4, (gtr5/bass) - Grades: (4/5),(3/4),3,3,(3/4)
G0037
Six Pieces by Anthony Holborne
Pieces: The Fruit of Love (Almain); Spero (Pavan); Galliard; Almayne; Noel's Galliard; Heigh Ho Holiday (Coranto)
Parts: (rqt1/ gtr1), (rqt2/gtr2), gtr3, gtr4, gtr5, bass - Grades: (5/6),(4/4),3,3,3,3
G0038
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.
Parts: (rqto/ gtr1), gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, (gtr5, bass) - Grades: 5,4,4,4,3
G0039
Iradier, S.
La Paloma
- performed by Toa Payoh Guitar Club Niibori Ensemble - an excellent, expressive performance
and by GEnRe, Singapore - a lovely warm rendition and also a fine performance from Dorset Guitar Society
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 4,4,3,3,3,3
G0066
Janacek, L.
Starodávny (Lachian Dance No. 1)
This is the first of the Lachian Dances for Orchestra by Janacek (1854-1928).
Parts: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 7,5,5,4,3,2
G0067
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: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, bass - Grades: 6,6,5,4,3
G0065
 
Mozart, L.
Polonaise from Notenbuch für Wolfgang
Parts: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 5,3,2,1,2,1
G0104
Jägerlied (Hunter's Song) - from Notenbuch für Wolfgang
Parts: rqt1, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 4,4,3,4,4
G0072
Mozart, W.A.
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Listen to the 1st movement performed by the Orquesta de Guitarras del Conservatorio Simón Bolívar and also the Guitar School ‘Coda’ from Bulgaria.
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, (bass) - Grades: 4-7
G0068
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: rqt1, rqt2, gtrsolo, bass, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4 - Grades: 7,7,5,4,4,4,2,2
G0070
Romance from Piano concerto No. 20 K.466
Parts: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1,gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 7,6,5,5,2,2,2
G0071
Nin, J.
Granadina and Saeta
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.
Parts: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades 5,5,6,4,4,4,4
G0075
Offenbach, J.
Entr'acte & Barcarolle
Parts: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 5,4,3,2,3,5
G0077
Pergolasse, G.B.
Concerto (originally for flute, 2/3 violins and bass)
There is doubt whether this piece was composed by Joseph Adolph Hasse (1699-1783) as his Concerto IX (1741) from a set of 12 concerti for flute, 2 violins, alto viola and basso continuo or by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736) as his Concerto a 4 for flute, 2 violins and basso continuo. Many composers of the time, benefitting from Pergolesi's success, produced works under his name - probably to increase sales. The Hasse version is more thoroughly worked out in its parts but the Pergolesi version has sections with more interesting harmonies. Pergolasse's version borrows from both!
Grades: 6,5,2,2,3
G0082
Poulenc, F.
Suite Française
Bransle de Bourgogne; Pavane; Petite Marche Militaire; Complainte; Bransle de Champagne; Sicilienne; Carillon.
(In 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: (rqto,gtr1), gtr2, gtr3, (gtr4/bass) - Grades: (5/6),5,4,(4/5)
Pavane
B. de Champagne
Carillon
G0080
Praetorius, M.
Spagnoletta - from the Masque 'Terpsichore'
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 2,3,3,2,2,2,3
G0087
Ten Dances from Terpsichore
A selection of my favourites.
Parts: rqto, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 2,3,2,2,3
G0086
 
Ravel, M.
Laidonnerette, Impératrice des Pagodes
from Ma Mère l'Oye
Parts: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 8,8,6,4,4,4,3
G0198
Ravenscroft, T.
Martin Said To His Man
From Deuteromelia (1609) - a book of early English part songs.
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 4,5,2,3,2,2
G0083
Rimsky Korsakov, N.
Song of the Indian Guest (Hindu Song) - from the opera Sadko
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 4,5,4,2,3
G0084
Scarlatti, D.
Sonata K 338
Originally for harpsichord.
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 7,7,4,3,3
G0088
Sonata K 380
Originally for harpsichord.
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 6,5,3,2,2
G0089
Sonata Longo 23
Originally for harpsichord in E major
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 6,5,4,1,1
G0093
Simpson, T.
Galliarde (c. 1617)
Originally for consort of viols
Parts: rqto, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 5,5,4,3,2
G0142
Strauss, J.
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 of the piece. This arrangement is complete with all five waltzes and the full Coda.
Parts: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 6,6,5,2,2,3,3
G0085
Susato, T.
Seven Pieces from the Danserye (1551)
Ronde 9; Allemande; Pavane: 'Mille Ducas'; Shepherd's Dance; King's Dance; Ronde:'Warum'; Mohrentanz.
Parts: rqto, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass- Grades: 4,3,2,2,2,3
G0150
 
Vásquez. J.
Three Pieces by the composer Juan Vásquez (c.1500 - c.1560)
Grades: 4-5
G0202
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 requintos take the parts of recorder and oboe, a tenor guitar the violin and a bass the bassoon. The continuo is taken up by three separate tenor guitar parts.
Parts: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, (bass)- Grades: 6,6,5,3,2,3,6
G0090
Concerto RV535
(originally for 2 oboes, strings and continuo)
Parts: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4, bass - Grades: 8,6,6,5,3,5,5
G0092
Concerto for Two Mandolins (performed by the my ensemble at Selby Music Centre Guitar Ensemble, North Yorkshire from schools in the Selby area.)
The concerto was originally written for mandolins, string orchestra and continuo in G major. This arrangement for two requintos, three tenor guitars and one bass guitar has been transposed to C major to suit the range of the instruments more effectively.
It is possible to double the solo requinto parts where the rest of the ensemble is of sufficient size (e.g. ten 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: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 6,6,5,3,2,4
G0095
Lute concerto in D major
Originally written for lute and strings.
Parts: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 7,6,5,3,2,4
G0096
L'Estro Armonico, Op. 3 No. 8
Parts: rqt1, rqt2, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, (bass) - Grades: 6,6,6,4,3,4
G0100
L'Estro Armonico, Op. 3 No .11 - As performed here 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 requintos, the basso continuo by bass guitar and the rest by standard tenor guitars.
Parts: rqt1, rqt2, solo gtr, gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 6,6,5,4,4,3,4
G0105