The Wedding March from the incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Felix Mendelssohn has transcended its original purpose and is now primarily associated with marriage ceremonies rather than the theatre. This arrangement for four guitars or guitar ensemble by Gary Spolding makes an unusual and entertaining item in any concert or even an actual wedding!
Lasting approximately 3½ minutes, the arrangement will suit an ambitious and enthusiastic group of guitarists who have reached grade 2 to 4 standard. After the unison fanfare intro Guitar 1 carries the theme for the opening section before Guitars 2 and 3 take over for the fanfare-esque second section. Guitar 4 is the easiest but players will need some experience of reading ledger lines and a fairly well developed left-hand little finger.
If you work in education, this arrangement has these useful features…
- a D.S. al Fine and a repeat with first and second time bars.
- easy trills for Guitar 1 and 3.
- bars rest to count in Guitar 1 and 4.
- two octave E major arpeggios.
- a handful of F double-sharps in Guitars 2 and 3 (and one very easy one in Guitar 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 Bizet’s Farandole may also be of interest.
3 page score and separate parts each 2 pages.