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One or two items are also listed here from the intermediate quartet list, as the level of ability required is variable. Graduated levels of difficulty for ensembles ( A / B / C / D etc ) are explained at: Grading


CMP 250

BLUES LAMENT by Ray Love, for Solo Guitar and Guitar Quartet (or ensemble)

£5.00

This work was first performed by the National Youth Guitar Ensemble in 2004 with Gary Ryan as soloist. It is a tribute to the guitarist Norman Vaux who died the previous year and had been much involved in training young guitar players. The ensemble parts range from Grade 2 – 5 ability with solo and tutti sections; the solo part needs a player of approximately Grade 7.

Level E/C

Score and 2 sets of parts - extra parts 25p each

 

CMP 261

FUGUE in D major - by J.S.Bach BWV 998 (arranged for 4 Guitars)

£4.25

A magisterial fugue originally written for the lute, now artfully realised into its component four parts on the larger canvas provided by a guitar quartet. The Guitar 1 part overall is more difficult than the other parts.

Level D/E

Score and single parts - extra parts 30p each

 

CMP 265

CALISTOGA - by Colin Timmis - 4 Guitars

£4.50

Another ensemble recommended from the Dillington Summer School. (See CMP 269 below) A descriptive piece with syncopated rhythms inspired by a verdant wine-producing region of California. Guitars 1 and 4 are slightly harder than the other parts and a good sense of ensemble is required for all the players.

Level E

Score and two sets of parts - extra parts 30p each

 

CMP 268

BOSSA ESPAGNOLA - by Dave Smith - 4 Guitars

£4.75

A spirited Latin-style piece which combines running passage work with Phrygian mode syncopated strumming, with plenty of activity in all four parts - suited to players of equal abilities.

Level E/F

Score and two sets of parts - extra parts 30p each

 

CMP 269

SYMPHONIC DANCE No. 1 - by Mark Houghton, Opus 31 - Guitar Quartet

£4.00

This was the winning entry for the Chris Kilvington Memorial Prize at the Dillington Guitar Festival 2000. It is subtitled Hommage to Antonin Dvorak and is full of well-wrought motifs which are elaborated by all four guitar parts. For players of equal abilities.

Level E

Score and single set of parts - extra parts 30p each

 

CMP 280

THE SIEGE OF NEWARK - John Jenkins - 4 Guitars

£5.00

This is a 17th century musical representation of a genuine battle that took place during the English Civil War in 1644. It has a commentary underlaid in the score to explain how the drama unfolds (this can be read out in dramatic fashion in performance if desired). The two upper guitar parts are often quite high and parts can be ordered for requintos if preferred. Guitars 3 and 4 have low D tuning. All four guitars have plenty of thematic material, from bugle calls, whistling bullets, wounded soldiers, canon fire and cavalry charges. Arranged by Ian Gammie, thematic material is given to all four parts, which require players of equal abilities. The work is in two movements, Pavan and Galliard, duration six and a half minutes. Please specify if you require transposed requinto parts, they are not supplied in the basic set of parts.

Level E/F

Score and single set of parts - extra parts 30p each

 

CMP 281

OVERTURE to Alexander's Feast (Handel) - 4 Gtrs

£4.50

A famous baroque overture arranged by Stuart Orford with thematic material given to all four parts, thus requiring players of equal abilities. In two movements, Andante and Allegro, duration four and a half minutes.

Level E/C

Score and single set of parts - extra parts 30p each

 

CMP 282

A SECOND BOOK of BACH CHORALES - J.S. Bach and J. Pachelbel.

£4.00

For players of equal abilities (the individual parts are not technically demanding but require a good sense of ensemble and phrasing). Five sublimely varied settings by J.S.Bach of the chorale tune (Herzlich thut mich verlangen), with chorale prelude variations by Johann Pachelbel based on the same theme. Definitely for all devotees of the ineffable in harmony and counterpoint. See also CMP 283

Level C/D

Score and 2 sets of parts - extra parts 20p each

 

CMP 283

A THIRD BOOK of BACH CHORALES - 4 Gtrs

£5.00

Also for players of equal abilities (see above CMP 282). 3 chorale preludes by Kindermann, Walter and Zachow, with five settings by J.S.Bach using the chorale tune (Was mein Gott will, das gescheh' allzeit). Profound music, from the Matthew Passion and various cantatas. See also Easy Quartets for SM 101

Level C/D

Score and 2 sets of parts - extra parts 30p each

 

CMP 295

SUITE in G Major – J. Paisible

£5.50

Composed in 1702 as a suite for the Restoration theatre, this comprises an overture and seven baroque dances arranged here for Guitar Quartet or for a large ensemble of mixed abilities. Guitar 3 is easier than the other parts.

Level E/C

Score and single set of parts - extra parts 30p each

 

CMP 300

CONCERTO VENEZIANO – by Ian Gammie (2 soloists and guitar ensemble)

£8.50

For 2 soloists and guitar ensemble. A rattling good pastiche concerto for two Grade 7 soloists and a competent ensemble (minimum 3 players, but ideally more than that) in the style of Vivaldi. Duration : 12mins

Level G/E

Score and single set of parts - extra parts 75p each

 

CMP 309

CONCERTO in G Major : for 2 Guitars and ensemble. Antonio Vivaldi

£9.00

Originally for 2 mandolins and orchestra, this arrangement balances the less brilliant sound of guitars with a small instrumental ensemble of flute, violin, cello and optional bass. Alternative parts are included for complete performance by guitar quartet or guitar orchestra.

Level F/S

Score and single set of parts - extra parts: 75p (solo guitars), 50p (all others)

 

CMP 310

LOS PALMEROS – by Ian Gammie (4 or 5 guitars)

£3.50

A rumbustious dance, owing something to the style of a Sevillanas. The Guitar 1 needs players who are fluent up to the 14th fret, though there is also a capo part as an alternative. The other parts are easier. Needs a good Spanish-style rhythm player to strum along as well.

Level C/E

Score and 2 sets of parts - extra parts 25p each

 

CMP 314

PAVANE pour un Infante Défunte – M. Ravel

£4.50

Chris Kilvington's excellent arrangement of the celebrated Pavane, either for guitar quartet or large ensemble. See also CMP 203

Level E/F

Score and 2 sets of parts - extra parts 25p

 

CMP 317

POPULAR JAZZ STYLES : Book 1 - “Five Past Two” by Bob Power

£4.50

This works best with a reasonably large ensemble (at least two to a part) For 4 guitars, rhythm & bass, "Five Past Two" is a swinging bossa nova; it needs a fluent Guitar 1 player but the other parts are fairly easy. With single rhythm and bass parts.

Level C/E

Score and 2 sets of parts - extra parts 25p each

 

CMP 323

JAZZ SUITE - Stuart Hepburn

£3.50

This suite - Intro, Blues and Ragtime - was first performed by the Villancico Quartet in 1987. It requires players of at least Grade 5 standard with a good sense of "swing" rhythm for the Blues.

Level F

Score and sets of parts - extra parts 30p each

 

CMP 334

KANON in D – Johann Pachelbel

£3.00

A full arrangement of the famous canon, with fully written out (but fairly easy) continuo part for Guitar 4. The solo parts need players who can handle demi-semi-quavers. An optional, easy ripieno part is also available for less experienced players to join in with a more advanced ensemble.

Level E

Set of parts only, no full score, - extra parts 25p each

 

CMP 344

OVERTURE – by Ivan G Andrews

£4.00

A tuneful and rewarding piece for 4 guitars, now in the repertoire of the Colibri Guitar Quartet. It could also be played by a larger ensemble of proficient players, doubling parts.

Level F / G

Score and single set of parts - extra parts 30p each

 

CMP 345

CONTRADANZA - Ian Gammie (4 or 5 Guitars)

£4.00

Highly praised by Classical Guitar magazine, this is a rhythmic and evocative dance in 6/8 time, for four or five guitars with optional bass. Additional capo part for easier performance of Guitar 1.

Level D

Score and 2 sets of parts - extra parts 20p each

 

CMP 346

VARIAZIONI sopra 'nel Cor by Ian Gammie

£5.25

Variations from a 20th century viewpoint on the famous tune by Paisiello 'nel Cor piu non mi sento. nearly 7 minutes of flowing counterpoint with melodic interest in all the parts. Top part also playable on requinto in A (part provided). One of the middle parts is rather easier than the rest to allow intermediate players to join in.

Level F / C

Score and 2 sets of parts - extra parts 30p each

 

CMP 347

PRELUDE and FANTASY - by Ian Gammie

£3.00

Based on themes from Bob Power's A minor Suite and Dorimix, elaborated with variations. The Guitar 1 part needs the better players, Guitar 3 is a little easier than the others. See also CMP 322 and CMP 502

Level D/E

Score and 2 sets of parts - extra parts 25p each

 

CMP 348

A GASPAR SANZ SELECTION

£5.00

6 famous pieces from Instrucción de Música (1674) arranged for guitar quartet by Ian Gammie, with embellishments of repeated sections in a suitable 17th century style. Guitar 3 is easier than the other parts. Several of the pieces are the same as those used by Rodrigo in his Fantasia para un Gentilhombre.

Level C/E

Score and 2 sets of parts - extra parts 50p each

 

CMP 349

"... by yonder oak tree" – by Ian Gammie

£3.50

A lyrically woven set of variations which gradually transform a folk-like melody into a flowing ensemble. Highly praised by performers in several countries

Level D/E

Score and 2 sets of parts - extra parts 25p each

 

CMP 351

BAROQUE AIRS AND DANCES - Jeremiah Clarke

£4.00

5 melodious tunes from a baroque opera (The Island Princess) which include the famous Trumpet Tune and four dances entitled the Four Seasons or Love in Every Age. The two upper guitar parts need fluency in high positions and Guitar 4 uses bass D. Arranged by Ian Gammie.

Level C/E

Score and 2 sets of parts - extra parts 25p each

 

CMP 352

SUITE IN D MINOR - Jeremiah Clarke (1699)

£4.50

Seven sprightly dances and Act Tunes from a baroque opera (The Island Princess). Proficient players are needed if the melodies are to be played at the speed which baroque dancers would demand. The two upper guitar parts need good fluency in high positions and the Guitar 4 uses bass D.

Level C/E

Score and 2 sets of parts - extra parts 30p each

 

CMP 356

SUITE from the FAIRY QUEEN - Purcell

£6.00

Arranged by Raymond Burley. 9 pieces arranged as a suite with an option to divide the music into two shorter suites. Guitar 1 is the more difficult part.

Level C/E

Score and 2 sets of parts - extra parts 50p each

 

CMP 370

CHANGING THE GUARD - Nikita Koshkin

£5.25

This is the first guitar quartet from the pen of this notable Russian guitarist-composer. An imaginative sound picture of the parade ground, with several of his customary "effects". Equal ability required for all parts.

Level G

Score and 2 sets of parts - extra parts 30p each

 

CMP 371

PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY - Andrew York

£5.00

Cruising along in Californian style with this prolific world-renowned guitarist / composer. As recorded by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and slightly revised by the composer in 2006.

Level G

Score and 2 sets of parts - extra parts 30p each

 

CMP 372

SEPTEMBER EVENING - Gordon Tocher

£4.50

A bitter sweet mood from this Scottish composer, with a hint of the approach of Autumn.

Level F/G

Score and 2 sets of parts - extra parts 25p each

 

CMP 373

SAMBA - Alfonso Montes

£5.25

A carnival atmosphere from this Venezuelan ambassador of the guitar.

Level F/G

Score and 2 sets of parts - extra parts 30p each

 

CMP 374

EDINBURGH QUARTET - Chris Kilvington

£5.00

A cheerful souvenir of the Scottish Guitar Festival in which he was a prime mover, by the late lamented Chris Kilvington.

Level F/G

Score and 2 sets of parts - extra parts 30p each

 

CMP 381

SONATA in D (K.113) - Domenico Scarlatti

£4.75

A bright and tuneful baroque sonata with echoes of its Spanish origins, arranged by Ian Gammie

Level C/D

Score and 2 sets of parts - extra parts 25p each

 

CMP 391

CONCERTO in D Major - J.M. Böhm (4 or more Guitars)

£7.75

Written by J.M. Böhm (c.1710) and arranged by Ian Gammie. Two soloists and an accompanying ensemble (ideally of 6 to 10 players) are the intended forces, though a minimalist version can be made by a quartet. There is an easy ripieno part for inexperienced players, and the Continuo Guitar needs to read fluently with Bass D. There is a set of parts for string trio with double bass for those who have a chamber orchestra at their disposal. The work is more in the form of a large trio sonata in four movements than a conventional concerto. The two solo parts need good players but are not excessively difficult. Four movements: Grave, Allegro, Andante, Minuet. Duration 11 mins.

Level F / D / G

Score and 2 sets of parts - extra parts 30p each

 

CMP 500

MIXIT - Bob Power

£5.50

A rock-style number in straight tempo, with an optional 16 bar improvising section, based on two mixolydian modes and a blues scale; bluesy improvisation ideas are included. 4 guitars plus rhythm guitar and bass ad lib.

Level D

Score and 2 sets of parts - extra parts 30p each

 

CMP 501

HUNKY-DORIAN - Ian Gammie

£5.50

A Latin chôro piece also in straight tempo, needing a fluent reader for Guitar I, but with easier parts for Guitars 2, 3 and 4; the bass is ad lib. Improvisation ideas are included. 4 guitars plus rhythm guitar and bass ad lib.

Level D

Score and 2 sets of parts - extra parts 30p each

 

CMP 503

WHERE DID THE FOURTH BEAT GO? - Bob Power

£5.50

Best suited to a larger ensemble. A swing tempo jazz waltz, played to great acclaim at the 1995 National Guitar Orchestra Competition (4 guitars + rhythm guitar and a bass ad lib).

Level E

Score and 2 sets of parts - extra parts 30p each

 

CMP 505

I WANTCHA TO KNOW - Ian Gammie

£5.50

Best suited to a larger ensemble. A brisk swing in the style of the 1930's (4 guitars + rhythm guitar and a bass ad lib)

Level D

Score and 2 sets of parts - extra parts 30p each

 

CMP 506

THE SUN WAS ALWAYS SHINING - Ian Gammie

£5.50

A breezy jazz waltz with just a hint of melancholy in the middle eight. 4 guitars plus rhythm guitar and bass ad lib.

Level D

Score and 2 sets of parts - extra parts 30p each


CMP 507

TINO LATINO - Ian Gammie. [CD backing tracks included]

£6.50

Four written out sections in a crisp chôro style, then ample opportunities for improvising with extensive explanations of how to elaborate a part from the given chords. The CD provides two backing tracks at different speeds, lasting more than 5 minutes each. 4 guitars plus rhythm guitar & a bass ad lib. The bass part is supplied in both treble and bass clef.

Level C / D

Score and 2 sets of parts - extra parts 30p each


CMP 508

LULLABY OF SOLIHULL - Ian Gammie

£5.00

A breezy swinging paraphrase of a well known jazz standard (3 melodic parts, two optional backing parts, with rhythm guitar and a bass ad lib). The backing parts are supplied together with the melodic parts, so players can switch from one to the other when another individual takes a turn to improvise or play the solo. A written out solo is included, as well as the usual suggestions for improvising.

Level D

Score and 2 sets of parts - extra parts 30p each


CMP 510

SAMBATINA - Ian Gammie

£5.50

Latin jollities with a samba beat and the usual flexible format for performance with varied numbers of guitars and options for improvising. (4 guitars with rhythm guitar and a bass ad lib)

Level D

Score and 2 sets of parts - extra parts 30p each

 

SBM 006

CHACONY - Henry Purcell - arranged Stuart McGowan

£9.00

The famous set of variations on a ground, making an excellent transition to the guitar.

Level E

Score and parts of 16 players

 

SBM 015

ABRACADJAZZ - Stuart McGowan

£5.50

Level D

Score and parts for 16 players

 

SBM 021

SUITE No 1 in D Minor - Matthew Locke

£8.50

Arranged by Stuart McGowan. Originally written for viol consort in the 17th century, this stylish suite requires experienced players, not so much for the notes as for the tightness of ensemble.

Level E/G

Score and parts for 16 players



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