Pachelbel’s Canon has to be one of the top 10 most famous pieces of classical music ever written. This arrangement for four guitars or guitar orchestra by Gary Spolding provides a clearly laid out, practical and playable edition that enables guitarists to enjoy this wonderful music.
Lasting approximately 7 minutes, the arrangement will suit an ambitious and enthusiastic group of guitarists who have reached grade 1 to 4 standard. Guitars 1, 2 and 3 are all identical except for the necessary truncated endings. The role of Guitar 4 is to play the ground bass throughout the piece. 7 different versions of this are provided to enable a variety of accompaniment styles for when the character of the upper parts change and to challenge more advanced players. However, the basic single-note bass line can also be played throughout allowing players who are little more than absolute beginners to join in.
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.