Christmas for 2, 3 or 4 Guitars originated as a small collection of ensemble pieces for use with beginning guitar classes. Over time the idea grew into the present two volume collection. Our goal with these arrangements is to give guitarists, teachers, and ensemble coaches a trove of moderately easy pieces from which to choose whenever Christmas music is desired. The arrangements are intended for four players, but will also work quite well for just two or three players. The edition is laid out so that 1) there are no page turns during a piece and 2) except for the Guitar 1 part, the players stay in first position. There are only single lines for each player except for a few natural harmonics in “O come, O come, Emmanuel”. To make reading easier, Guitarists 1 and 3 share a staff as do Guitarists 2 and 4. This also allows the arrangements to be played as duets by more advanced players, all while keeping the parts interlocked. For most of the pieces we have given not only the traditional harmonies but a modest variation for variety and interest: players are invited to customize these arrangements in any way they would like, such as adding other instruments.We are including the name of the arranger (Glenn Caluda, Joseph Mayes and Manley Mallard) for each piece, but would like you to know that this project was a group effort, collaboration we three enjoyed. ($30.00)
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, traditional Christmas Carol arranged by John Cardoni ($15.00)
Villancico de Navidad by Agustin Barrios Mangore transcribed and arranged for Guitar Ensemble by Manley Mallard ($10.00)
Written in El Salvador in 1943 Villancico de Navidad (‘Christmas Carol’) was dedicated to the infant Matilda Arias with the dedication ‘The angels sing to Matilda in her days’. Intermediate difficulty.
Dance Arabe by Peter I. Tchaikowsky, transcribed and arranged for five guitars by Manley Mallard ($10.00)
Dance of The Reed Pipes by Peter I. Tchaikowsky, transcribed and arranged for four guitars and contrabass guitar by Manley Mallard ($10.00)
Dance of The Sugar Plum Fairy by Peter I. Tchaikowsky, transcribed and arranged for Guitar Quartet by Manley Mallard ($10.00)
We Three Kings by John Henry Hopkins arranged for Guitar Quartet by Martin Davey ($20.00)
This arrangement was written in 1995 for the Millikin University Guitar Ensemble by former student Martin Davey. It’s a fun modal excursion with simple and compound meters. Includes harmonics, koto imitation, clarinet tone and pizzacato effects. Intermediate difficulty.
Do you Hear What I Hear by Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne. Arranged by Ryan Trommer. A beautiful and accessible arrangement of this Holiday classic. Easy to intermediate difficulty. ($10.00)