Pavane Op. 50 by Gabriel Fauré is a graceful miniature masterpiece. This arrangement for four guitars or guitar orchestra by Gary Spolding demonstrates how well shimmering orchestral textures can translate onto plucked nylon strings.
Lasting approximately 5 minutes, the arrangement will suit an ambitious and enthusiastic group of guitarists who have reached grade 2 to 4 standard. The melody is shared between all the parts and Guitar 3 has been intentionally made accessible to grade 2 players whilst remaining melodically relevant rather than simply becoming filler.
If you work in education, this arrangement has these useful features… - a repeat with a long first time bar - a D.S. al Coda. - optional pizzicato broken chords in Guitar 4. - accidentals for all guitars that create chromatic harmony.
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.