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Listen to York Guitar Quartet's latest CD - Elegy

York Guitar Quartet: Elegy

Composer Title Code  
Anon. A la una nací yo Listen
An ancient Sephardic air - performed marvellously by Logy of the Jungle, Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Grades: 5,4,4,3

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  All in a Garden Green Listen
A 16th century English air.

Grade: 1

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  Away in a Manger & Once in Royal David's City
Two English carols from the 19th century.

Grade: 1-3

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  Bai Mudan Listen
The White Peony - a Chinese folk song.

Grades: 4,3,2,1

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  Hong Dou Ci Listen
The Red Bean Song - a Chinese folk song.

Grades: 4,2,2,1

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  The Coventry Carol Listen performed by the Junior Guitar Ensemble - Guitar School - Sliven, Bulgaria - Festival 2012
An English carol from the 16th century.

Grade: 1

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  Drink to Me Only Listen
An English air from around the year 1770

Grades: 1-3

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  The Greenwood Tree Listen
A 16th century English air.

Grades: 2-3

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  In the Deep Midwinter - arranged by Gustav Holst (and for guitar quartet by Andrew Forrest). Listen to Quarteto de Violões de Chapecó
An English carol.

Grade: 1

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  In Dulci Jubilo
An English carol.

Grades: 6,6,2,2

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  Seven Carols
The truth sent from above; Deck the halls; O little one sweet, O little one mild; Good King Wenceslas; We three kings of orient are; Come, come, come to the manger; See amid the winter's snow.

Grados: 1-3

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  Mall Simms
A Renaissance English Dance

Grade: 1-2

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  Réveillez-vous, Picards listen
An old French (or more accurately, Picardian) song from the 15th century.

Grades: 3-4

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  The Sage Leaf listen

Grades: 5,4,3,3

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  The Shy Myze listen
The Mulliner Book, in the British Museum, contains over a hundred instrumental and vocal works by sixteenth century composers. The title may refer to a 'shy miss' or possibly 'La chemise' (protecting the former's modesty) - or both!

Grades: 2-4

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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.

Grades: 2-3

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  Tyrolean Cradle Song Listen
A popular Austrian carol

Grades: 1-2

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Veni, Veni, Emmanuel - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel Listen
(thanks to Rees Davies,Guitar Instructor, Coram Deo Academy/Coppell Conservatory, North Texas, USA)

An French advent carol from the 15th century.

Grades: 0-2

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  The Water is Wide Listen
Another 16th century English air for Guitar Quartet.

Grades: 1-2

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Bach J.S. Suite No. 2 (BWV106)
The Suite No. 2 (originally in B minor) was written for flute, 2 violins, viola and continuo.

Grades: 3-6

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  Prelude No. 22 (from the 48 Preludes & Fugues) Listen by Cah Ndableg kuartet gitar - Ujian ansambel gitar 4
(... a beautiful transcription of a piece which is one of the most moving of the '48'. Classical Guitar August 1997)

Grades: 2-3

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

Grades: 6,5,5,5

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

Grades: 5,5,4,1

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Bartók, B. Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm - from Mikrokosmos Sz.107
Requinto, 2 guitars and bass from the original for piano.

Grades: 8,8,8,8

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  Nine Pieces from 'For Children' - from the original for piano.
Choral, Ballad, Drinking Song, Mourning Song, Swinherd's Song, Rhapsody, Jeering Song, Old Hungarian Tune, Pleasantry

Grades: 6,5,5,4

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  Three Rondos on Slovak Folk Tunes - Sz.84
2 requintos, guitar and bass from the original for piano.

Grades: 8,8,8,8

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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.

For requinto, 2 guitars and bass. Grades: 7,7,6,6

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Byrd, W.

Sellingers Rownde
From the 16th century keyboard work..

Grades: 4-5

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  Callino Casturame Listen

Grades: 6,2,3,3

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Campion, T.

Never Weatherbeaten Sail

Grades: 3,2,1,1

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Corrette, Michel Le Phénix Listen
Michel Corrette (1709-1795) was a composer and organist in Paris. Le Phénix was originally written for four bassoons (or bass viols) and continuo. By tuning the guitar's sixth string to D, the concerto can be played at its original pitch which allows the guitar to produce its richest sonorities.
(a substantial concert item....and is pure fun to play. Classical Guitar)

Grades: 3-5

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Debussy, C. Passepied - No. 4 from Suite Bergamasca.

Grades: 6,6,5,7

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Donati, Baldassare Canzonetta (1600) Listen, Ensemble of Guitarist Music School, Chrudim, Teacher Eva Vítková,Czech Republic.

Grades: 2-3

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Edwards, R. When Griping Griefs - from the Mulliner book.
Richard Edwards lived from 1523-66

Grades: 2-4

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Fauré, G. Berceuse - from Dolly Suite.

Grades: 5,2,4,2

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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: 1-3

(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)

(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 arrangment 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)

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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.)

(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.)

(...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)
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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)
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  Forrest Ensemble Series No. 6
Dance and Nachtanz (Haussman); La Réjouissance listen (Handel); Serenade (Schubert) listen; 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)

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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.

Grades: 3,2,2,2

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

Grades: 7,6,5,3 - (Q0121)

also available for Requinto, guitars and bass - (G0121)





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

Grades: 7,6,5,4 - (Q0122)

also available for Requinto, guitars and bass - (G0122)





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

Grades: 8,8,6,6 - (Q0123)

also available for Requinto, guitars and bass - (G0123)





  Eleno Mome - A traditional Bulgarian melody

Grades: 8,8,6,6



  Stare Ljubavi
A traditional Bosnian melody.

Grades: 5,3,3,3

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  The Coolin listen
A traditional Irish melody- An Chúilfhionn

Grades: 4,3,2,2

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  Fiddlers Playing
A song and dance from the Ukraine

Grades: 5,3,2,2

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

Grades: 4,2,2,2

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  Noches de Luna
A beautiful vidala from Argentina for guitar quartet or orchestra.listen

Grades: 2-4

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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

Grades: 4,2,2,2

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Forrest, A. Barcarowl listen

Grades: 4,2,2,2

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

Grades: 2-3

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  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.

Grades: 4,3,3,3

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

Grades: 4,2,2,2

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  going cuckoo listen
A little quartet, just for fun, to help students learn to listen to each other and to count.

Grades: 0-1

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  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!

Grades: 2-4

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  Little Prelude for Lesley listen - played by York Guitar Quartet

Grades: 3,3,3,3

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  Pavan of Huntington

Grades Initial-1

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  Pavane of Welburnlisten

Grades Initial -1

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

Parts: rqto, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 7-8

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  Ogûn Gori na Balkana listen
Based on "Fires are burning on the mountains" - a Bulgarian folk song

Parts: gtr1, gtr2, gtr3, gtr4 - Grades: 7-8

Parts: rqto, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades: 7-8

(While the quartet of guitars version works OK the requinto and bass version is best. For a version with alto and contrabass - see Niibori page)





  Elegy - (Recorded by York Guitar Quartet here)

For quartet of requinto, 2 guitars and bass - Grades 6-8

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  Variations on a Slovak Folk Song - (A ja som z Oravy debnár)listen - scores enlarged and updated 2017-02-28
Loosely translated as 'A cooper from Orava am I'. The parts are not hard to play but the ensemble can be tricky!

Grades: 6,6,6,5

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

For quartet of requinto, 2 guitars and bass - Grades: 3-5

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

Grades: 5,4,3,2

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from Fiori musicali di compositioni (Venice, 1635)

Grades: 7,5,5,4

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Gervaise, Claude Eight Dances
Branlse de Bourgogne 1; Galliard; Pavane; Branlse de Bourgogne 2 listen; Almande; Branlse de Champaigne; Pavane de la Guerre; Galliard de la Guerre.

Grades: 2-5

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  Pavanne, La Venissienne listen

Grades: 3,1,1,1

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Handel G.F. 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

Grades: 2-5

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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 Trumpet Suite in D).

Grades: 4,3,2,2

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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.

Grades: 5,3,2,2

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Haydn, J. German Dance No. 4

Grades: 5,2,21,1

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  German Dance No. 12

Grades: 4,2,1,1

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Henry VIII Hélas Madame - Including part for solo guitar.

Grades: 1,2,2,3,(4)

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arr. Holst G. Lullay My Liking - 15th century English carol set by Gustav Holst.

Grades: 1-2

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Mackenzie, John Quartet - (Recorded by York Guitar Quartet here)
in 3 movements for 1 requinto, 2 standard tenor guitars and 1 bass.

This is a fine original work, written for the York Guitar Quartet in 2004, and ideally suited to the medium.

Grades: 7-8

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Monton, M.

Yellow Bird (Choukoun) - a 19th century song from Haiti based on an earlier French berceuse.

Grades: 1-2

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Moszkowski M. Spanish Dance No.1

Parts: rqto, gtr2, gtr3, bass - Grades 8,8,6,7

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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.

Grades: 4-7

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Nin, Joaquín Granadina and Saeta
Guitar quartet (or Orchestra)

Grades: 4-6

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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Pachelbel, J. Canon (the famous one!) and Gigue Download performed by the FourteGuitar Quartet

Grades: 3-6

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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: 7,6,5,2

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Poulenc, François

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)

Grades: 4-6

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Praetorius, M. Spagnoletta
from the Masque 'Terpsichore'

Grades: 2-3

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  Ten Dances from Terpsichore
A selection of my favourites.

Grades 3,3,2,2

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

Grades: 4,2,2,2

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Scarlatti, D.

Sonata Longo 23
Grades: 7,5,3,1

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Shostakovich, D.

Prelude and Fugue No. 8 (originally for piano)

Grades: 7,7,6,6

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

Grades: 3,2,2,2

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

Grades: 4-5

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