Guitar Trios
Listen to York Guitar Quartet performing on their album On The Overgrown Path.
Composer
Title
Code
Anon.
Mango Walk - Jamaica Rumba here performed by Magnificat - with fine drumming!
Grades: 2-3
T0063
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The Lass of Glenshee (or the Road to Dundee)
Parts: gtr1, gtr2, gtr3 - Grades: 3,2,4
T0065
Bach, J.S.
Prelude No. 9 - (from the 48 Preludes & Fugues)
Parts: gtr1, gtr2, gtr3 - Grades: 7,5,5
T0112
Siciliana - (from the flute sonata in Eb major BWV1031)
Parts: gtr1, gtr2, gtr3 - Grades: 5,4,2
T0113
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Bartók, B.
The Highway Robber (from For Children)
Grade 1
T0304
Beethoven, L. van
Bagatelle No. 5 Op. 126
Grades 2-4
T0303
Brackett, J. Jr
Simple Gifts - a traditional American Shaker dance tune that appears in several versions. The most common recent one is that used by Sidney Carter in his popular song 'Lord of the Dance'.
Grades: 1-2
T0007
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Brahms, J.
Walzer No. 15 Op. 39 - the famous lullaby.
Grades: 4,5,3
T0051
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Brescianello, G.A.
Trio Sonata
Arranged for guitar trio from the trio for violin, oboe and bass continuo
Grades: 7,7,6
T0203
Concertino No. 1 - originally in Eb major for 2 violins and continuo
Grades: 7,5,3
T0204
 
Corelli, A.
Sonata da Chiesa Opus 1 No. 8
Grades: 4,3,2
T0109
Sonata da Camera Opus 2 No. 1
Grades: 3,2,2
T0110
Couperin, F.
Les Barricades Mystérieuses
Arranged for guitar trio from the harpsichord original.
Grades: 5,3,2
T0201
Delibes, L.
The Flower Duet - (Sous le dôme épais) from Lakmé performed here by Gitaarsalon Roadshow - a delightful performance by Gitaarsalon Roadshow
Grados: 5,4,3
T0073
 
Forrest, A.
Ainsty Suite
The Ainsty was an ancient kingdom on the Plain of York, England. This suite of 6 short pieces has been written for the beginner ensemble in mind - typically for players with between 1 month and 1 year's experience. Since most beginners are uneasy at the sight of all those ledger lines on bass notes, I have endeavoured to make these parts simple so that they can be played almost straight away, having learned just 3 or 4 notes.
Grade: 1
T0005
Tadcaster Dance
Chocalypso - Just a little bit of fun!
Grades: 3-5
T0004
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Bluetown Brays -
Another bit of fun!
Grades: 2-3
T0026
Based on Basie - a very old recording!
A lively and varied jazz blues.
Grades: 4-5
T0015
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Conga
The Conga has a repeating Latin rhythm in the bass (carrying the memory of the chained slave-gangs in the Caribbean who originated the rhythm of the conga). Listen to a version by Guitarregro.
Grades: 2-3
T0030
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Green Donkey
An exciting, melodious piece with interesting effects and rhythms. (Also available for guitar orchestra).
Grade: 4
T0021
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Joropó - (Recorded byYork Guitar Quartet here - though this is the quartet version)
A trio in a vibrant Latin rhythm and great fun to play. As suggested by Ignacio Ornés of Venezuela, I have just increased the tempo of this Jóropo.
Grades: 2-4
T0035
Three's Company
Swansea Town, Beijing Street, Askham, Ukraine Dance, Dashing Away, Skye Boat Song
Beijing Street and Ukraine Dance superbly played by 5 young guitarists from somewhere!

This is a set of six trios for players of standards between grades 1 and 3 (as per The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London or Trinity Guildhall, London). Whilst all are of modest difficulty, they all highlight different problems of ensemble playing, be it the handling of polyphony, playing off-beat rhythms, or blending tonally and dynamically. But first and foremost, they are fun to play.
T0001
Skye Boat Song
Five Trios
Roxburgh Castle; O, Britches Full of Stitches; The Prisoner of Freedom; The Ballad of Jesse James; Strawberry Fair
Grades: 1-4
Roxburgh Castle
Jesse James
T0002
arr. Forrest, A.
Amtrad
An enjoyable arrangement of four well-known American traditional songs.
Grades: 2-3
T0010
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The British Grenadiers
An English air.
Grades: 0-1
T0011
La Cucaracha
A traditional, lively Spanish piece.
Grades: 2
T0061
Cuatro Jotas Aragonesas
Jota de Teruel, La Mora o de Aben-Jot, Jota Mediana, Jota de Mainar.
Four dances from Aragón in Spain
Grades: 3-5
Jota de Teruel
La Mora
Mediana
Mainar
T0062
Ha Salido La Fiera - Jota Aragonesa
A song and dance from Aragón in Spain
Grades: 3-5
T0064
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European Folk Songs
At Cock Crow(Italy); Da Bi Imal Perje(Yugoslavia); The Blackbird (Basque folk song); La Mort du Roi Renaud (Normandy); Pala Magla (Yugoslavia); Bonnie Dundee (Scotland).
Grades: 2-3
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.
Cock Crow
Da Bi Imal Perje
Roi Renaud
Pala Magla
T0003
Hrály Dudy
A popular traditional Czech song.
Grades: 1-2
T0057
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Keppel's Delight
An English jig from around the year 1770.
Grades: 1-2
T0041
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The Lincolnshire Poacher
A rousing rendition (with stalking and gunshots!) of this well-known English song.
Grades: 2-3
T0040
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Ten Carols
O, little town of Bethlehem; Silent night; The first Noel; The Sussex carol; While shepherds watched their flocks; Hajej, Nynjej; Ding dong merrily on high; We wish you a merry Christmas; Hark, the herald angels sing; Wassail song.
(Little town of Bethlehem performed by Chrudim Music School Guitar Ensemble, Czech Republic. Teacher Eva Vítková)
Grades 1-3
T0060
Red River Valley Swing
A popular Canadian song.
Grades: 1-2
T0022
Three Pieces from the British Isles
The Cuckoo's Nest; The Lilting Fisherman; The Sheffield Hornpipe.
Grades: 1-3
T0006
Sheffield Hornpipe
Three Irish Trios
The Eavesdropper, Cockles and Mussels; The Tenpenny Bit.
Grades: 1-2
T0025
Cockles & Mussels
 
Handel, G.F.
Four Dances from Alcina
Gavotte, Sarabande, Menuet and Gavotte II
Grades: 2-4
Gavotte
Sarabande
Menuet
Gavotte II
T0045
Henry VIII
Pavan
Grades: 1-2
T0050
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Mozart, L.
Jägerlied - Hunter's Song from Notenbuch für Wolfgang.
Grades: 4-5
T0072
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Four Pieces for Nannerl & Wolfgang from the Notebooks of Leopold Mozart for his daughter and son.
Grades: 0-2
T0071
Mozart, W.A.
Divertimento No. 1 - (originally for 3 bassett horns)
Grades: 8,5,4
T0054
Mozart, L.
Divertimento No. 2 - (originally for 3 bassett horns)
Grades: 7,6,5
T0055
 
Nichelmann, C.
Five Pieces - Galliard, La Tendre, Sarabande, Gigue, Sonata
Grades: 6,5,4
T0108
Purcell, H.
Lilliburlero - recently recorded in a new version, closer to Purcell's original.
Grades: 1-3
T0059
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Rimsky Korsakov, N.
Song of the Indian Guest - (Hindu Song)- from the opera Sadko.
Grades 5,4,2
T0084
Scarlatti, D.
Sonata K430 - from the keyboard sonata.
Grades 5,3,2
T0210
Schubert, F.
Entr'Acte No. 2 - from Rosamund
Grades 5,5,6
T0094