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This page has ensembles for various different levels of ability, and includes some works which have extra instruments ad lib. Grading levels of difficulty for ensembles ( A / B / C / D etc ) explained at: Grading



CMP 249

VIVALDI - CONCERTO No. 8 from L'Estro Armonico for 2 Solo Guitars and Guitar Ensemble

£11.00

Arranged by Ray Burley, this requires two advanced players for the solo parts and an ensemble (minimum four guitars) for the complete D minor concerto, originally for two violins & orchestra.

Level G / D

Score and a set of parts - extra parts can be ordered separately, 50p each

 

CMP 271

CANNINGTON COLLAGE - John Duarte Op.110 for 6 Gtrs

£5.00

Chopsticks and way, way beyond, for guitar orchestra (minimum 6 players) from the pen (well actually the computer) of one of the great modern maestros of guitar writing. See also CMP 273

Level C / D

Score and single set of parts - extra parts 30p 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 - John Duarte Op.134 for 5 Gtrs and Melody Instrument.

£5.75

See Guitar Quintet listing: CMP 273 and CMP 276

 

CMP 289

HANDEL WITH CARE - 6 GUITARS! Andante and Allegro

£5.50

Arranged by Stuart Orford and Ian Gammie. Two movements (Andante and Allegro) from the horn version of the Water Music Suite. Thematic material for all six guitars.

Level E

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

 

CMP 300

CONCERTO VENEZIANO - Ian Gammie (2 soloists and ensemble)

£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 more than that) in the style of Vivaldi. Duration : 12mins

Level G/E

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

 

CMP 316

CONCERTO à la BRANDENBURG - J.S. Bach (6 Guitars)

£10.50

Duncan Druce's magnificent arrangement of Sonata BWV1029 to make a string concerto in the style of Brandenburg No 6. Recorded by the Taverner Players on baroque instruments, this version has been edited for 3 guitar soloists and 3 ripieno guitars (or preferably guitar orchestra) by Ian Gammie. Advanced players needed for the solo parts.

Level G/F

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

 

CMP 332

TANGOMANIA - John R Knox (8 Guitars)

£5.00

One of the very few guitar octets available in print. A highly entertaining tango pastiche, with "quotes" from famous tunes; for 8 individual players (or large ensemble if several instruments are doubling parts).

Level F

Score and single set of parts - extra parts 25p each

 

CMP 333

OBSESIÓN - John Knox (8 Guitars)

£5.00

Another absorbing piece by John R. Knox, suited either to 8 individual guitarists or for a larger orchestra with doubling of parts.

Level E

Score and single set of parts - extra parts 25p each

 

CMP 336

A VICTORIAN PARLOUR RE-VISITED (large Ensemble)

£3.00 (Score only) see below for ensemble parts

Jolly settings of four Music Hall songs for a two-part choir, guitar ensemble, violin, bass and xylophone ad lib. The guitar parts are easy, (Grade 2-3) but the whole ensemble needs rehearsal to achieve the necessary vigour and humour. Score, instrumental parts for guitars, violin, bass, xylophone, and vocal scores all sold separately to suit different ensemble numbers and instrumentation. There is no single standard format for this edition, so please make it clear what various parts you need when ordering. The Guitar 1 part is designed for capo at 5th fret. If you are using a large choir, a guitar group of at least 12 players is recommended. With only 2 or 4 singers, a guitar trio will suffice.

Level C / D / S

All parts sold separately: please specify what you need. It is best to contact us first to discuss how best to apportion parts for your ensemble. Conductor's score £3.00. Vocal scores £1.50 each, instrumental parts 30p each

 

CMP 350

ECLOGUE - Ian Gammie (6 Guitars)

£4.50

An extended fantasia for sextet or guitar orchestra with gratifyingly full writing for all six parts, needing players of equal ability. Loosely inspired from the works of two very different composers - (William Lawes and William Alwyn). The Guitar 1 part is optionally set for requinto tuned A - a'', but playable with standard guitar tuning. Duration approx. 11 minutes. A composite version for 9 guitars is also available on request.

Level F / G

Score and single parts - extra parts and requinto part 30p each

 

CMP 380

THE BATTLE OF PRAGUE - Frantiscek Kotzwara (8 Guitars)

£8.00

Arranged by Ian Gammie. This piece was all the rage in 1780 and you can see why: a brilliant drawing room "battle" piece with cannons, dragoons, trumpet calls, wounded soldiers, Turkish Quickstep, God save the King, kettle drum effects, etc, all included in the commentary that runs through the piece. The first guitar is for requinto tuned in A, the other seven guitars are in standard tuning. See also CMP 437

Level F

Score and single parts - extra parts 60p each

 

CMP 391

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

£7.75

Written by J.M. Böhm (c1720) arranged by Ian Gammie. Two soloists and accompanying ensemble (ideally of 6 to 10 players) are the intended forces, though a compressed version can be made by guitar 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

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

 

SBM 010

STORM IN A TEACUP - Stuart McGowan (6 Guitars)

£5.50

A light-hearted modern composition, with fairly easy parts all round.

Level C

Score and parts for 18 players.

 

SBM 017

SUITE for 6 Guitars - Robert Ashfield, arranged by Stuart McGowan

£7.00

Four movements in neo-baroque form - Gavotte and Musette, Air, Saltarello - a most substantial work for 6 guitars.

Level D / E

Score and single set of parts.

 

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