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Guitar Ensembles | Flute or Violin and Guitar, Viola and Guitar

Flute or Violin and Guitar, Viola and Guitar Transcriptions
Guitar Ensemble transcriptions

Flute or Violin or Viola and Guitar Transcriptions

Johann Sebastian BachArioso from Cantata BWV 156
by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Transcription for Flute or Violin and Guitar by James Baird
Score and Parts

Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe (I am standing with one foot in the grave), BWV 156, was Bach's church cantata for the third Sunday after Epiphany. Epiphany commemorates of the Adoration of the Magi in early to mid January. Composed in Leipzig, it is part of a complete cycles of cantatas for use throughout the church year. It was first performed on January, 23 1729. Bach incorporated two chorale tunes: "Machs mit mir, Gott, nach deiner Güt" by Johann Herman Schein (1628) and "Herr, wie du willt, so schicks mit mir" by Kaspar Bienemann (1582).

The Arioso is the opening sinfonia, scored for oboe, strings, and continuo. Based on Bach's original orchestration, this flute and guitar transcription is in original key of F major. The edition works well in concert, in church services and wedding preludes or processionals.

Cite: Wikipedia, Naxos

Arioso from Cantata BWV 156
for Flute or Violin and Guitar
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Jeremiah ClarkeTrumpet Voluntary by Jeremiah Clarke (1674 - 1707)
Transcription for Flute or Violin and Guitar by James Baird

In the generation following Henry Purcell, Jeremiah Clarke (1674 - 1707) was an English baroque composer and organist. His best-known composition is his "Trumpet Voluntary". It is part of a suite for wind instruments, titled "The Prince of Denmark's March".

The "Trumpet Voluntary" is a popular choice for wedding ceremonial music. Lady Diana and Prince Charles used this music in their royal wedding. The transcription possesses an excellent balance between the flute and guitar.

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Trumpet Voluntary
for Flute or Violin and Guitar
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guitarbugArcangelo CorelliAllegro Op. 5 No. 3
by Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
Transcription for Flute, Violin or Viola and Guitar by James Baird

Arcangelo Corelli was an important Italian violinist, composer, and teacher. His compositional output consisted of only 12 Concerti grossi, 12 solo sonatas and 4 sets of trio sonatas. Yet, Corelli influenced Baroque era compositional style, including that of Bach and Handel. Corelli developed a new style of writing for the violin. He also created the concerto gross, contrasting two different sized groups of instruments. Among his violin/composition students were Antonio Vivaldi and Francesco Geminiani.

Cite: GoldbergWeb, Naxos

Allegro Op. 5 No. 3
by Arcangelo Corelli
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Allegro Op. 5 No. 3
by Arcangelo Corelli
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Gabriel FaurePavane Opus 50 by Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Transcription for Flute or Violin and Guitar by James Baird

Gabriel Fauré was a pupil of Camille Saint-Saëns at the Ecole Niedermeyer. He served as organist at various Paris churches. At the age of 52 he began teaching at the Conservatoire where his pupils included Ravel and Enescu. He died in Paris in 1924.?

Fauré's nostalgic Pavane is an orchestral work. Originally composed with optional chorus, it is generally omitted in modern performance. This transcription is a reduction for flute and classical guitar.

Pavane Opus 50 by Gabriel Fauré
for Flute or Violin and Guitar
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Francesco GeminianiSonata for the German Flute or Violin (Oboe)
"expressly Composed for the Use of Young Performers"
by Francesco Geminiani (1687-1762)
Transcription for Flute and Guitar by James Baird

Italian-born Geminiani studied violin and composition under the famous master Archangelo Corelli. He became renowned for his virtuosic improvisational performance style. But some historians say he was just difficult to follow. In England, he celebrated success as a leading soloist, accompanied by Händel at the court of George I, and worked as composer, teacher. Geminiani published treatises on performance practice. He even published a treatise on The Art of Playing the Guitar or Cittra. Geminiani transcribed many of his own works for other instruments.

The continuo part is realized for the guitar fingerboard, transposed from the original G minor to A minor. The Sonata is an intermediate recital piece. It is excellent for students as well as more advanced performers. This music is appropriate as ambient music in a festive setting.

Geminiani Sonata I [ Score Preview ]
Geminiani Sonata II [ Score Preview ]
Geminiani Sonata III [ Score Preview ]
Geminiani Sonata IV [ Score Preview ]

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guitarbugFranz Joseph HaydnSerenade from Op. 3 No. 5 by Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Transcription for Flute or Violin and Guitar by James Baird

Austrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn developed many of the musical forms of the Classical period, notably the sonata form and the string quartet. The majority of his early career was spent as Kapellmeister in the service of the Esterházy family. Haydn was teacher to Beethoven and friend of Mozart.

This charming Serenade comes from an early string quartet. As many of Haydn's works, this movement is appropriate in concert or as background music for festive occasions. This transcription is true to the original key of C Major. It includes the entire movement as written by the master.

Cite: Wikipedia, Naxos

Serenade from Op. 3 No. 5 by Franz Joseph Haydn [ Score Preview ]

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guitarbugScott JoplinRagtime Dances for Piano
by Scott Joplin (1868-1917)
Transcription for Flute or Violin and Guitar by James Baird

Between 1895 and 1917 Scott Joplin published 53 pieces for piano, 10 songs, and the opera Tremonisha. Joplin is an American original and the most influential composer of the Ragtime Era. He gained his early training by performing in dance halls in Texarkana. His successful career as composer carried him from Texas all the way North to "Tin Pan Alley" in New York City.

Joplin arranged many of his piano dances for various instrumental combinations (including the guitar!). The transcriptions offered here are in that spirit. They are full-voiced and true to the original piano composition melodies, bassline and harmonies.

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2 Habaneras - Traditional Latin American
Transcription for Flute or Violin and Guitar by James Baird

2 beautiful tradional songs transcribed for flute or violin and guitar.

Pregúntale a las Estrellas [ Score Preview ]
La Tarde Era Triste [ Score Preview ]

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Wolfgang Amadeus MozartSonata K330 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Transcription for Flute or Violin and Guitar by James Baird

Mozart's wrote the Piano Sonata in C, K 330 during 1781-83. He lived in Vienna during this period, married Constanze Weber in 1782, and traveled often as composer and pianist. This period was a fertile for Mozart. He composed much music for piano solo, piano concertos and chamber music with piano.

The Sonata in C is in three movements: Allegro moderato, Andante cantabile and Allegretto. The fast movements carry an operatic exuberance. The Andante is an expressive piece of profound and tender beauty, ending with a sublime coda.

This music comes in full score for easy reference, including individual flute and guitar parts.

I. Allegro Moderato [ Score Preview ]
II. Andante Cantabile [ Score Preview ]
III. Allegretto [ Score Preview ]

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Henry PurcellTrumpet Tune
by Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Transcription for Flute or Violin and Guitar by James Baird

Son of a Court musician, Purcell served as a chorister at the Chapel Royal. After study with John Blow, organist at Westminster Abbey, Purcell became composer to Kings Charles II, William III & Mary II. Purcell composed music for the royal court, incidental music for plays, operas ("Dido and Aeneas" in 1690), anthems, odes, and 3 complete settings of the sacred service. Playford published his theoretical treatise, The Art of Descant, in 1683.

The Trumpet Tune is a versatile march often used as processional or recessional in wedding ceremonies. This piece, often attributed to Jeremiah Clarke, is in error.

Trumpet Tune by Henry Purcell [ Score Preview ]

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Franz SchubertguitarbugAve Maria by Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Transcribed for flute or violin and guitar by James Baird

This music by Franz Schubert is one of his most recognized melodies. Transcribed for flute and guitar, this romantic and spiritual song works as prelude music before the ceremony. It is also appropriate during the Eucharist.

Ave Maria by Franz Schubert [ Score Preview ]

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guitarbugFranz SchubertAdagio Op. 166 by Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Transcribed for flute or violin and guitar by James Baird

Franz Schubert is well known for his songs and gift of melody. This little-known music works well as prelude before the ceremony. The manuscript includes score and individual parts.

Adagio Op. 166 by Franz Schubert [ Score Preview ]

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Antonio VivaldiLargo Op. 8 No. 4 (Four Seasons - Winter)
by Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Transcription for Flute and Guitar by James Baird

Vivaldi's Four Seasons violin concertos, first published in 1725, are part of a set of 12: Op. 8, entitled Il Cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione ("The Contest of Harmony and Invention"). This slow movement, Largo, is from the Concerto Op 8 No. 4 entitled Winter. These concerti are some of the earliest known examples of program music.

The excerpt from the sonnet written by Vivaldi to be read during performance:
To rest contentedly beside the hearth, while those outside are drenched by pouring rain.

Largo Op 8 No 4 (Four Seasons - Winter) [ Score Preview ]

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Guitar Ensemble Transcriptions

Isaac AlbénizSeis Danzas Españolas Op. 37 No. 3 (1887) by Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)
Transcription for 2 Guitars by James Baird

Isaac Albéniz, pianist and composer, was a leader of the Spanish nationalist school. His compositions incorporate melodic style, rhythm, and harmony of Iberian folk music. Many of his piano compositions are essential to the classical guitar concert repertoire.

Opus 37 has been difficult to catalog chronologically in the Albéniz oeuvre. The current transcription of the songlike Danza No. 3, for 2 guitars, is based on an edition from Madrid by Sociedad Anónimo Casa Dotésio, published in 1910. Danza No. 3's dedication: "A mi buena discípula Srta: Victoria de Patilla."

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Danza Española No. 3
for 2 Guitars
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Padre Antonio SolerSonata 118 in A minor Padre Antonio Soler
Transcription for Guitar Duet by James Baird

Padre Antonio Soler was a Spanish composer and monk/maestro de cappella. he is best known for his keyboard compositions. Soler's 120 surviving sonatas are similar in style to those of the great Dominico Scarlatti, with whom he studied. The Sonata, No. 118 in A minor, transcribed for 2 guitars, creates a well-balanced guitar duet.

Cite: Wikipedia, Naxos, Classical Composers

Soler Sonata 118 in Am for Guitar Duet [ Score Preview ]

Johann PachelbelCanon in D by Johann Pachelbel
Transcription for Guitar Quartet by James Baird

One of the most recognizable melodies in classical music, this familiar Canon arrangement is for guitar quartet. It is appropriate for large guitar ensembles and guitar classes. The manuscript contains the full score and includes separate parts for each guitar.


Pachelbel Canon in D for Guitar Quartet [ Score Preview ]

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