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This page lists works suitable for 5 guitars or large ensemble, including bothe easy and advanced works. Grading levels of difficulty for ensembles ( A / B / C / D etc ) is 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 273

BATH WATER MUSIC - by John W. Duarte

£5.50

For 5 Guitars and percussion. A spoof of Handelian themes written as an entertainment for the Bath International Summer School. Thematic material for all five parts, well within the scope of amateur average players. The percussion part is easy, mostly improvised ad lib from a few cues. See also CMP 271

Level D / S

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

 

CMP 276

LITTLE SUITE No.5 - by John W. Duarte

£5.75

For 5 Guitars and a melody instrument (clarinet/violin/flute/accordeon, etc). This is an original suite in 4 movements, Avanti Popolo, Valse Triste, Capriccio Anarchico, Adieu designed for use by a large ensemble (there are solo and tutti sections). The original melody instrument was accordeon. Transposed part for clarinet should be ordered separately if needed.

Level C / D / S

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

 

CMP 291

SOUTH OF THE BORDER by Derek Hasted

£6.00

See: Guitar Trios This piece can be performed by quintet, quartet or trio. All various parts supplied with basic edition.

 

CMP 300

CONCERTO VENEZIANO - Ian Gammie

£8.50

For 2 soloists and guitar ensemble. A rattling good concerto for two Grade 7 soloists and a competent ensemble (minimum 3 players, but ideally larger than that), a pastiche 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: AntonioVivaldi

£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 a 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 - Ian Gammie (4 or 5 guitars)

£3.50

A rumbustious dance by Ian Gammie, recalling 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 some strumming from a Spanish-style rhythm player as well.

Level D / E

Score and 2 sets of parts - extra parts 25p 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 available for easier performance of Guitar 1.

Level D

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

 

CMP 377

JESU JOY OF MAN'S DESIRING - J.S. Bach : arr David Watson

£4.50

This arrangement of the famous chorale from Cantata 147 requires a player of Grade 3-4 on the triplet descant line. The piece can be performed by trio, quartet or quintet. The slow-moving Chorale and harmony can be played on 1, 2 or 3 separate guitars. If played by one guitar (who then has to play three-part harmony throughout); this player will need to be approx grade 5. If divided between two players, one player at least will need to be approx Grade 4. But if the Chorale and harmony is divided between three players the parts are easy enough for Grade 1-2. The bass line is fairly easy (approx Grade 2). All parts are included in the basic edition, including transposed capo parts to make high notes easy to read for the inexperienced. All parts can be doubled with extra players if available.

Also listed in the Trio and Quartet catalogues, and there is a version for guitar duet in Duet version

Level D / B

Score and parts - extra parts 25p each

 

CMP 391

CONCERTO in D Major - J.M. Böhm (2 soloists and ensemble)

£7.75

Written by J.M. Böhm (c.1720) and arranged by Ian Gammie. Two soloists and accompanying ensemble (ideally of 6 to 10 players) are the intended forces, though a minimalist version can be performed by a guitar quartet. There is an easy ripieno part (ad lib)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 rather 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

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; improvisation ideas 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 included. 4 guitars plus rhythm guitar and a bass ad lib.

Level D

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

 

CMP 502

A DORIMIX - Bob Power. (4 or 5 guitars with bass ad lib)

£5.50

In swing tempo. A very tuneful exploration of the Dorian mode ideally suited to the less experienced, with hints on improvising extra repeats. 4 guitars plus rhythm guitar and a bass ad lib.

Level C

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

 

CMP 503

WHERE DID THAT FOURTH BEAT GO? - Bob Power

£5.50

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 D / E

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

 

CMP 504

YOU ALONE - Ian Gammie. (4 guitars + rhythm guitar and a bass ad lib.)

£5.50

A gentle ballad number in straight tempo; the lower three parts are within the range of less experienced players.

Level C/D

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

 

CMP 505

I WANTCHA TO KNOW - Ian Gammie

£5.50

A brisk swing in the style of the 1930's (4 guitars + rhythm and 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 and bass ad lib.

Level D

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

 

CMP 507

TINO LATINO - Ian Gammie

£6.50

4 guitars plus rhythm guitar and a bass ad lib. A bouncy latin number, with the usual opportunities for adding improvised ideas on repeats. There is a disc with a backing track, so that potential soloists can practise privately before launching themselves into an ensemble. See also CMP 107 .

Level D

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

 

CMP 508

LULLABY of SOLIHULL - Ian Gammie. (4 guitars, bass ad lib)

£5.00

A swinging jazz number with sone written solos and ideas for improvising. 3 melody parts and a rhythm guitar, bass ad lib.

Level C/D

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

 

CMP 510

SAMBATINA - Latin Jazz by Ian Gammie

£5.50

Latin jollities with a samba beat and the usual flexible format of this jazz series. 4 guitar parts plus rhythm and bass, with an open section in the middle for improvising. All parts have a selection of scale patterns and other suggestions for getting started on improvising, though the piece is self-sufficient as it stands if no one wants to chance their arm. Can also be played with smaller forces, minimum two guitars, one playing melody, one playing rhythm.

Level C/D

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

 

SBM 005

CHACONNE - Steve Fordington. (3 or 5 guitars)

£6.00

A composition on a basso ostinato. Guitar 2 contains 3-note chords throughout and is also supplied in single note parts as Gtrs 4, 5 and 6 for ease of performance.

Level C / D

Score and parts for 15 players.

 

SBM 007

INTERLUDE - Richard Edwards

£5.50

An attractive quintet with Guitars 3 and 4 having easier parts than the rest.

Level C / D

Score and parts for 15 players

 

SBM 009

LEGATO OSTINATO - Richard Edwards. (4 or 5 guitars)

£5.50

The Guitar 4 part is double notes throughout, but is alternatively arranged on to two instruments (Guitars 5 and 6) for less experienced players if played by a quintet. The Guitar 1 is quite high and more difficult than the rest.

Level C / E

Score and parts for 16 players

 

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