Quartetto Op. 19, No. 4 by J. C. Bach arranged by Manley Mallard ($27.00)
The original quartet, W B64 \ Quartet with 2 flutes Op. 19 No.4 is in C major but transposed it to the key of G to better facilitate the range of the guitar and maintain as much of the original tessitura as possible. While this early classical/galante style piece is typical melody and accompaniment, there is plenty of counter melody, alberti bass figures and fast passages in the 3rd and 4th to challenge your students. Guitar three in particular has challenging solo sections with 32nd notes in the second movement. This music is challenging but it is well balanced with lots of melodic interest in all parts. This arrangement would work best with an advanced group and will make a great addition to your ensemble’s concert repertoire.
Symphony No. 16 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arranged by Manley Mallard
Symphony No. 16 in C major (K. 128) was the first of three symphonies composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in May of 1772, when Mozart was only sixteen years old. The work is one of many written by Mozart while he stayed in Salzburg between two trips he made to Italy. Intermediate difficulty. $27.00
Patriotic Music for 2, 3, or 4 Guitars –arranged by Glenn Caluda, Joseph Mayes and Manley Mallard ($35.00)
Although these tunes are all associated with the American National Experience, many of them originated elsewhere: Gary Owen, My Country ‘tis of Thee, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, The World Turned Upside Down, and The Star Spangled Banner are from the British Isles. While these versatile arrangements are playable by student quartets of modest attainment, they are not over simplified or in any way unsuitable for more advanced players. They are also usable by trios or duos, each staff (i.e., guitars 1 & 3, guitars 2 & 4) being playable by a single guitarist. Naturally, the technical demands will be greater for fewer players. 55 pages.
Bandung Rite for Guitar Quartet by Scott Borg ($12.00)
The music of Indonesia appealing: its sound, philosophies, and the social interaction that occurs through its performance. Bandung Rite gives the performer/listener a small simplistic glimpse of this music, through prepared guitar sounds that imitate the Javanese gamelan. It furthermore presents musical layering, fused with percussive sounds that reflect the impact of the industrialized world. This piece was composed for Dr. Adam Kossler and the students of the River Bend Middle School Guitar Camp.
Small Suite for Guitar Quartet by Glenn Caluda ($12.00)
Small Suite is a set of four short movements consisting of shifting moods, meters, and tempos. The opening chant appears in all the movements even if only in fragmented form. The main themes return, briefly, in the final movement “Epilogue.” Players should make good use of the guitar’s expressive and tonal possibilities.Although Small Suite is scored for guitar quartet, it will work well with larger ensembles using multiple guitars to a part.
Miniature Viennese March by Fritz Kreisler and arranged for Guitar Quartet by Manley Mallard ($12.00)
Episode in Compound Meter for Guitar Quartet by Dave Burdick ($12.00)
The lilting motion in Episode in Compound Meter creates an almost trance like effect as each guitar enters adding texture, depth and intensity. The harmony has a modern modal (4ths) texture with contrapuntal conversations that occur between the parts. This is a great study in shifting compound meters, 6/8; 9/8; 12/8 and more. Mr. Burdick said “it flowed rather freely from my mind to the score. There are those that say that their best work just ‘falls’ out of them and requires little or no revision – a sentiment with which I have to agree.” Written for the Millikin University Guitar Ensemble in 1990, student groups have always enjoyed learning and performing this piece over the years. Episode in Compound Meter is of medium to advanced difficulty.
Suspension for Guitar Quartet by Will Mallard ($16.00)
Winter Dances for Guitar Quartet by Glenn Caluda ($15.00)
Frolicking snowflakes and frozen landscapes are among the scenes depicted in these two dances. Chromaticism and gentle dissonances serve to elicit the beautiful and harsh characteristics of these wonders. TWO WINTER DANCES are of medium difficulty and are suited for college or advanced high school guitar ensembles.
Amazing Graces for Guitar Quartet by Glenn Caluda ($12.00)
Quartet No. 8 in E major, Op. 2, No. 2 by Joseph Haydn “Father of the String Quartet.” ($20.00)
This is the first among Haydn’s early quartets to venture into a key signature beyond the limit of three flats or sharps. The initial Allegro is a jovial jaunt in E major. The first violin starts, whereupon the other instruments sound the second half of the phrase, and a delightful conversation continues between the leading instrument and its three partners. The subsequent movements are all in E major with the exception of a trio in e minor and a beautiful Adagio in A major (eight note = 62-72). This Quartet is of medium to advanced difficulty and is well suited for college or advanced high school guitar ensembles.
Quartet No. 64, Op. 76 No. 5 by Joseph Haydn “Father of the String Quartet.” ($20.00)
This quartet composed in 1796 or 1797 is sometimes referred to as the “Largo” due to the tempo indication of the second movement. In the key of D major this quartet is among Haydn’s most ambitious chamber works. A challenging but accessible work for a advanced college ensemble or professional quartet.
Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 from Op. 2 by William Boyce ($15.00)
These symphonies are from the collection of “Eight Symphonys in Eight Parts Op. 2” published in 1760. Written in the form of three movement Italian Overtures the first symphony has been transposed from Bb major to the key of D major to better facilitate the range of the guitar and the fourth symphony has been transposed from F major to Bb major. Reminiscent of Handel and other Baroque contemporaries, these are delightfully accessible three movement works of medium difficulty.
Ave Maria by Josquin Des Pres and arranged for Guitar Quartet by Joseph Mayes ($14.00)
“Ave Maria” by Josquin Des Pres was originally composed as a motet. It is regarded by many as Josquin’s most famous motet and it is one of the important vocal works of the 15th century. This motet became extremely popular in the 16th century, and appeared at the head of the first volume of motets ever printed. This composition represented a new open style featuring early imitative counterpoint and short duets between pairs of voice parts. These innovations added to its acclaim as one of the most influential compositions of its era. This arrangement is well suited for advanced High School or College groups.
Little Fugue in G minor by J. S. Bach and arranged for Guitar Quartet with Soprano and Contra Bass guitar parts by Joseph Mayes and Glenn Caluda ($15.00)
O Crux, Ave Spes Unica by Fernando Sor and arranged for Guitar Quartet by Manley Mallard ($10.00)
Ave crux, spes unica is a Latin expression or motto meaning “Hail to the Cross, our only hope.” This was originally a vocal setting transcribed for Guitar Quartet. Moderate tempo of easy to intermediate difficulty.
The Ball by Georges Bizet and arranged for Guitar Ensemble (Quartet) by Manley Mallard ($15.00)
Songs Without Words Op. 30. Nos. 1, 2 & 3 by Felix Mendelssohn, transcribed and arranged for Guitar Ensemble by Manley Mallard ($20.00)
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, traditional Christmas Carol arranged by John Cardoni ($15.00)
An inventive reharmonization with a country/bluegrass flavor alternating duple and triple meters. This arrangement is fun and sure to please. Intermediate to advanced.
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.
Dances from Terpsicore by Michael Praetorius, transcribed and arranged for guitar quartet by Manley Mallard ($20.00)
Forty delightful dances that are rarely heard. Great music for beginning to intermediate ensembles.
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.
Concerto No. VIII by Charles Avison arranged for Guitar Quartet by Manley Mallard ($20.00)
Charles Avison 1709-1770 was a Baroque/Classical English composer and a contemporary of G. F. Handel. He was a church organist and is best known for his 12 Concerti Grossi after Scarlatti and his Essay on Musical Expression, the first music criticism published in English. His concerti are similar in style to those of Geminiani with whom he studied. Avison was emphatic on the importance of melody in his compositions which are considered to be “unusually tuneful”. Concerto No. VIII has four movements: Adagio, Allegro Amerosa and Allegro. This is a beautiful alternative to Bach or Handel for your group’s performance. Intermediate to Advanced.
Johan Helmich Roman (1694-1758) is considered Sweden’s first composer of international importance. At age 33 Roman was appointed the permanent First Master of the King’s Music. He was a conductor of the royal orchestra, violinist and oboist, concert organizer, music teacher, theorist and linguist. He was the man who laid the foundation of modern musical life in Sweden. Sinfonia XX was originally in E minor (BeRI 22) and consists of four movements – Allegro staccato, Larghetto, Allegro assai and Allegro. This symphony was written between 1748-1750 and comes from Roman’s galant period. This arrangement has been transposed to the key of A minor to better facilitate the range of the guitar. Intermediate to advanced.
The Chrysanthemum by Scott Joplin transcribed and arranged by Manley Mallard ($10.00)
Sonata No. 6 by Henry Purcell transcribed and arranged by Joe Hagedorn ($22.00)
Dance of The Young Kurds by Aram Khachaturian and arranged by Manley Mallard ($22.00)
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)
Until it Snaps by Nate Jackson
Until it Snaps conveys tension. It is that moment before a pulled string breaks, or a tired toddler has a complete meltdown. The opening section slowly builds tension until there is “resolution” to a E7#9 chord. The middle section is less tense but quickly builds back up to that same, heavy tension. As the song comes to an end, the tension is still there, but muted. A sense of resolution is finally conveyed with a major arpeggio, but alas, we again resolve to a E7#9 chord. ($15.00)
Standchen by Franz Schubert and arranged for Guitar Quartet or Guitar Quartet with Contra Bass Guitar by Armin Abdihodzic. This classic Romantic work is a favorite of both audiences and performers. Easy to intermediate difficulty. ($15.00)
Solace by Scott Joplin and arranged for Guitar Quartet by Glenn Caluda. ($12.00)
Composed in 1909 this piece was subtitled a Mexican Serenade. This ragtime classic was rediscovered by the American public through the sound track to the 1973 movie “Sting” It should be played slow with the eighth note as the beat. Moderate difficulty with lots of syncopations.
Variations of Greensleeves arranged by Mark Tonelli. ($17.00)
This piece takes the listener on an epic tour of musical styles and time periods using the simple beauty of the melody to Greensleeves as its vehicle. Each musical style or time period is marked with appropriate dynamics, articulations, tempi, and other stylistic markings to bring out its essence. For example, the Romantic section at m. 162 emphasizes the sweeping passion of that era, with lush voicings and full dynamics. Intermediate to advanced difficulty.
Misterium by Mark Tonelli ($10.00)
Misterium combines both classical and jazz styles.The piece opens on a stark B7#9 chord, a decidedly jazz harmony. Throughout the piece, other jazz voicings are sprinkled in and there are common jazz chord progressions, such as the series of ii-V chord progressions. In contrast, the piece abounds in classical influence and techniques such as flamenco and Classical (Sor-like melodies) that permeate this composition. As such, this piece highlights the interplay that can exist between these two beautiful styles of music.
Adagio Cantabile from Sonate Pathetique Op. 13 by L.v. Beethoven arranged for Guitar Quartet with Contra Bass Guitar. ($12.00)
Les Toreadors from the Opera “Carmen” by Georges Bizet arranged for Guitar Quartet. ($10.00)
Sabre Dance by Aram Khachaturian arranged for Guitar Quartet. ($15.00)[wpecpp name=”Sabre Dance” price=”$15.00″ align=”