The famous Farandole from L'Arlésienne by Bizet arranged for four guitars or guitar orchestra by Gary Spolding is guaranteed to excite performers and audience alike.
Lasting approximately 3 minutes this piece will suit an ambitious, enthusiastic group of guitarists who have reached grade 2 to 4 standard. Each guitar part carries some of the melody with the majority of that role going to Guitar 1. Guitar 3 has been consciously made as easy as the music will allow in order to get slightly less experienced players involved, and Guitar 4 will need to be adept at reading ledeg lines and playing simple two note chords where one of those notes is always an open string.
If you work in education, this arrangement has these useful features… - a great canon near the opening. - a key change from A minor to A major. - dotted rhythms against straight quavers. - a long crescendo - always exciting to play in a group situation.
This piece is one in a series of arrangements by Gary Spolding for beginner guitar ensembles. Each arrangement has at least one guitar part that is accessible to a player of ABRSM grade 2 standard and the other parts are never more difficult than grade 4. They can be performed as guitar quartets with one player to a part or by guitar orchestra with multiple players per part making them ideal for guitar societies or school concerts.