Habanera from act 1 of Carmen by Georges Bizet arranged for four guitars or guitar orchestra by Gary Spolding takes full advantage of the range of sounds capable by classical guitars to enhance this most Spanish of pieces.
Lasting approximately 3½ minutes, the arrangement will suit an ambitious and enthusiastic group of guitarists who have reached grade 2 to 4 standard. The roles of the parts fall into two categories - Guitars 1 & 2 share the melody, sometimes alternating and sometimes in canteen 3rds, whilst Guitars 3 & 4 provide the accompaniment. Guitar 3 has been intentionally made accessible to a player of grade 2 standard even though it both looks and sounds more difficult than it is. Guitar 4 can enjoy playing that iconic bassline, the majority of which is pizzicato interspersed with supporting strummed chords. A steady hand will be needed to ensure the tempo doesn’t accelerate!
If you work in education, this arrangement has these useful features… - different speeds of triplets (including a triplet within a triplet). - drop D tuning for Guitar 4. - simple 2 note chords for Guitar 3. - extreme dynamic changes (always fun in rehearsals and performances).
The piece can be played as a quartet with one player per part or expanded into a larger ensemble, perfect for guitar societies or school concerts. Includes permission for up to 4 additional copies of each part to be made, enabling the work to be performed by up to 20 guitarists.