Sonata in C Major by Sylvius Leopold Weiss and transcribed and annotated by Joseph Mayes This suite (sonata) for solo baroque lute is number twenty from the collection of Sylvius Leopold Weiss in the British Museum. It is somewhat remarkable in that the only movement that corresponds to the “standard” dances in a suite (Allemand, Courant, Saraband, Gigue) is the gigue. The overture with which the suite begins is a French Overture – That is, it begins with a stately section in dotted rhythm, then a faster section using imitation, ending with another slow section. This movement could be played alone to good effect. The original Ms is in French tablature and is very exact as to where each note should be played on the baroque lute. Unfortunately, that instrument’s tuning is different from the modem guitar as to make those note placements irrelevant for the guitar. In fingering the suite, I have tried to keep the spirit of the music as dictated by the original. The fingering I have added is meant to facilitate performance, and as such is only a suggestion. The tablature is heavily ornamented, but only indicating where to play an ornament and from which direction it should start- the exact ornament is left to the discretion of the player. I have indicated in the fingering only those ornaments which I thought obligatory for the style. Players should feel free to add their own.($13.00)
Etudes Op. 19, Nos. 2 & 3 by Jean Delphin Alard and arranged by Joseph Mayes. Francisco Tárrega arranged part of Jean Delphin Alard’s Etude No. 2 for his “Estudio Brilliante,” which I played for years without considering the original model. I heard Wolfgang Lendl’s fine recording of the complete Alard study on a CD and it destroyed my contentment. I couldn’t figure out why Tárrega had left out the portions that he did, as they were some of the more guitaristic parts. I contacted Wolfgang to ask where the original could be found and he generously sent me the music. He included the music to Etude No. 3, saying that I would probably enjoy that as well. ($12.00)
Suite No. 1 for solo guitar by Thomas Tudek. Three movements: Prelude, Ballad and Dance. Engaging, accessible, modern multi-meter work c. 11 minutes. Intermediate to advanced. ($12.00)
Sonata by Vasiliy Antipov
A lovely picturesque three movement Neo-Romantic Sonata for the advanced student or professional, 19 pages. ($18.00)
This new version of the controversial “Fantasia sobre Motivos de la Traviata” includes a new section composed by Francisco Tárrega. For several years scholars have debated as to whether the work was written by Francisco Tárrega or Julian Arcas. After careful review of the manuscripts, it would appear that the work was written by Arcas and expanded by Tárrega with the new section included in this score.
Mutations on Dies Irae by Glenn Caluda ($12.00)
Mutations on Dies Irae is based on the well-known Gregorian chant sequence from the Requiem Mass that has been used as a basis for compositions by many composers, including Franz Liszt and Hector Berlioz. This piece uses the theme in many forms, sometimes complete, sometimes in fragments, and sometimes in tonal inversion, as in the Chorale section. It culminates in the chaos of the Furioso before returning to the resignation of the opening Adagio.
Transcribed and Arranged by Manley Mallard
This collection contains fourteen suites and six separate stand-alone movements not included in any suites. The transcriber and editors of this collection have endeavored to make this substantial music available to guitarists for study and performance and to expand the collection of Baroque music for guitar. (154 p.)
Sketches of Children by Kevin Vigil, for Guitar Solo and/or Guitar and Narrator. ($25.00)
Sketches of Children was inspired by the writings of my former student Monika Gallegos. These short pieces seemed to write themselves as I read the stories. Nine of these musical sketches can stand alone as solo music. The other two, Bau-zie-gaul and Mark require narration. The order of these pieces is at the performer’s discretion; however, this publication presents my preferred order when performed as a complete set. The remaining nine stories, which may be narrated, are included in a separate part. For reference, Sketches of Children was recorded on my CD Stories for Guitar (available online) and several are available as YouTube videos published by www.guitarascendant.org.
Five Impressions for Solo Guitar by Jonathan Marshall ($10.00)
Easy to Intermediate solos for students.
Halloween Trilogy by Keith Calmes ($8.00)
Includes: “Transylvania and Beyond”, “Pit and the Pendulum” and “Parade of Skeletons”.
To “Transylvania and Beyond” sounds happy and innocent, but also hints at a darkness and East European exoticism. The “Pit and the Pendulum” was written after watching the 1961 movie of the same name, which was based on Poe’s book. “Parade of Skeletons” was inspired by reading a children’s book about the Day of the Dead. It depicts a band of skeletons approaching and then retreating from the listener.
Parade of Skeletons by Keith Calmes ($3.00)
Three Songs Without Words by Ruben Delgado ($12.00)
These three melodic songs for solo guitar are written in a popular, tonal style. They are appropriate for concerts/recitals, encores or casual gigs.
Four Introspections were composed to be short exercises for the mind and ear. They are intended as an introduction to early twentieth century compositional techniques for those unfamiliar with them. Yet, they are quite easy on the listener. They offer new eye pictures, finger formations, and sounds. without the substantial technical difficulties often encountered in modern music. These pieces may be played singly or as a group in any order desired by the performer.
Three Character Pieces by Glenn Caluda ($8.00) The three pieces in this collection portray the varying and interesting personalities of three individuals.