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Andrey Nosov's Guitar School

Self-study for the classical guitar, sheet music for the guitar of all styles, genres, and types.


 GUITAR ENSEMBLES

Here are sheet music samples for guitar ensembles. Sheet music samples for guitar solo and voice accompanied by guitar are also available on the website. To view them, please open the "Guitarist's Library" and select the desired subsection.

Guitar Ensembles (collection No.1)

1 – Gallito Canto (J.A.Flores) for 4 guitars
2 – Libertango (A.Piazzolla) for 4 guitars
3 – Tico-Tico no Fuba (Z.Abreu) for 2 guitars
4 – Besame Mucho (C.Velasques) for 3 guitars
5 – Oblivion (A.Piazzolla) for 4 guitars
6 – Toccata (G.Rolland) for 4 guitars
7 – Music from the film "Rider on the Rain" (F.Lai) for 4 guitars #Le Passager de la Plu
8 – Concerto Pour Une Voix (Saint-Preux) for 4 guitars
9 – "Windmills of Your Mind" from the film "The Thomas Crown Affair" (M.Legrand) for 4 guitars
10 – Music from the film "The Toy" (V.Cosma) for 4 guitars #Le Jouet 

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Guitar Ensembles (collection No.2)

1 – Nocturne, ор.19, no.4 (P.Tchaikovsky) for 2 guitars
2 – The Seasons, October (P.Tchaikovsky) for 2 guitars
3 – The Seasons, June (P.Tchaikovsky) for 2 guitars
4 – Adagio (T.Albinoni) for 4 guitars
5 – "Flight of the Bumblebee" from the Opera "The Tale of Tsar Saltan" (N.Rimsky-Korsakov) for 4 guitars
6 – Nocturne No.20 in Cis-moll (F.Chopin) for 2 guitars
7 – Italian Polka (S.Rachmaninov) for 4 guitars
8 – The Second Waltz (D.Shostakovich) for 4 guitars
9 – Serenade (F.Schubert) for 4 guitars
10 – Polonaise "Farewell to My Homeland" (M.Oginski) for 4 guitars

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Guitar Ensembles (collection No.3)

1 – Crescendo (K.-P.Bruchmann) for 4 guitars
2 – Chi Mai (E.Morricone) for 4 guitars
3 – Murka (Author Unknown) for 4 guitars
4 – "Two in a Cafe" from the film "17 Moments of Spring" (M.Tariverdiev) for 2 guitars

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  To be continued...

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My thoughts on...

Guitar ensembles... Until recently, I have tended to favour the solo guitar, an instrument that not only accompanies, but is also able to produce a full sound (melody, harmony, rhythm) without the involvement of other instruments or voice. This is evident in the several hundreds of my arrangements disposed in the rubrics "Songs and Romances", "Sheet Music + Tabs", and "Popular Music" from the section "Guitarist's Library". However, there are many compositions that were originally recorded specifically for ensembles and cannot be performed by one guitar to achieve the desired effect. This is because an arranger cannot express all features (polyphony and rhythm) of the original composition using only one single guitar. The result would only vaguely resemble the original composition. I cannot give endless examples, but take my word for it: if an arranger could do that, he would. Unfortunately, an arranger has only five fingers on each hand with which to play the guitar, as do the guitarists who play his arrangements. And even five fingers are sometimes not sufficient to express everything the author intends, especially if we are talking about symphonic compositions.  
Here's where collaborative creativity in the form of guitar ensembles goes to the aid, providing, on the one hand, the audience (and themselves) with the possibility to enjoy the excellent guitar sound, and, on the other hand, express melody and rhythm of the original composition without any distortion.
I have great plans for guitar ensembles. I hope I will be able to realize them.

Arrangements for guitar ensembles have a medium or higher level of difficulty. The most difficult part usually falls on first guitar (this happens, most often, due to the appearance of virtuosic monophonic passages). The parts of other guitars are less difficult and can be played by any qualified guitar player.

However, exceptions are possible, both in the form of complication (for example, in compositions where several guitars have the same high complication), and simplification (for example, in the classical guitar nominally related to the educational repertoire). But regardless of the complexity of the compositions, any episode in them is completely playable, and you'll surely get the feel of it, maybe just not on the first try (of course, upon condition of sufficient capabilities). You can be absolutely sure of this, since, apart from the selection of sounds and other elements that make up the notion "Musical arrangement for guitar ensembles", I am scrupulous about the development of the most convenient performance version, reinforcing it with a very detailed fingering. Thus, you won't feel despair, which is frequent in case of insurmountable difficulties (again, upon condition of sufficient capabilities). Perhaps, here my duties as a music sheet writer are over, and your area of responsibility, the responsibility of the performers begins: the choice of composition of the appropriate level of complexity, and, of course, successful reproduction of printed music. By the way, you can check your abilities by playing the 1st page of the composition of interest (the "Sheet music presentation" button), or simply by listening to it (the "Listen" button).

For those who want to play music in ensembles, it should be noted that there is a possibility to create duets for guitar and any solo instrument based on the sheet music available in the rubric "Songs and Romances". Detailed information can be found on the page "Songs and Romances" (see "My thoughts on...").

Alternatively, I would advise to consider the possibility of replacing one of the guitars (say, the 1st guitar, most often reproducing the melody) with another musical instrument, which may be relevant for compositions of high technical difficulty. Yes, the key of the replacing musical instrument may differ from the key used to write down sheet music for guitar. And you'll have a job to create a performance variant. But it's worth it: you won't have to search for the sheet music of this particular piece of music for this particular composition of instruments. If you manage to find it at all, of course. After all, the right sheet music, even for the most popular ensembles – guitar, is sometimes a big problem. Good luck!

Sheet music samples in the rubric "Guitar Ensembles" are paid, but the price for them is quite affordable as you can see in the section "Information" > "Payment" > "Payment for Sheet Music from the Rubric "Guitar Ensembles."

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