Berceuse from Dolly Suite, Op. 56 by Gabriel Fauré is an instantly recognisable melody and this arrangement for four guitars or guitar ensemble by Gary Spolding is perfect for a moment of peace and reflection in any concert.
Lasting just over 2 minutes, the arrangement will suit an ambitious and enthusiastic group of guitarists who have reached grade 2 to 4 standard. Each guitar gets to play both melody and accompaniment as roles swap at each of the two key changes. Guitar 2 has intentionally been made the easiest to play in order to help where ensembles have players with mixed abilities. The other players will need to be comfortable at reading ledger lines and playing simple chord shapes that fall nicely under the left hand fingers.
If you work in education, this arrangement has these useful features…
- key changes from C major to Ab major and back to C major (much fun in rehearsals!).
- a canon.
- rippling arpeggio and fingerpicking figures that involve use of the right hand thumb.
- playing in positions high up the neck for guitars 1 and 4.
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. If you have more players please honour the publishers trust by purchasing a second copy.
If you like the look of this arrangement then Handel's Sarabande 'La Folia' may also be of interest.
3 page score and separate parts each 2 pages.