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Four Guitars : Offenbach arranged by Gary Spolding

Can Can by Offenbach arranged for four guitars by Gary Spolding

Can Can by Jacques Offenbach is one of the most recognisable melodies ever written and this arrangement for four guitars or guitar orchestra by Gary Spolding puts this exuberant music into the hands of guitarists.

Lasting approx. 3 minutes, the arrangement will suit an ambitious and enthusiastic group of guitarists who have reached grade 2 to 4 standard. Every player gets an equal share of the two main themes! Guitar 4 has intentionally been made the simplest part to play by having the easiest setting of the main tune along with lots of open bass notes. Guitar 2 has the second easiest version of the main tune with the rest of the part being straightforward. Guitars 1 and 3 carry the more difficult aspects of the music.

If you work in education, this arrangement has these useful features…
- the same theme in two different keys
- instantaneous wide dynamic contrasts
- descending scales


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.

If you like the look of this arrangement then Sousa's The Liberty Bell may also be of interest.

6 page score and separate parts each 2 pages.
Grade 2-4
£7 book
£5 pdf
LMP191