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York Guitar Quartet: On the Overgrown Path

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Anon. Mango Walk - Jamaica Rumba. listen

Grades: 2-3

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The Lass of Glenshee (or The Road to Dundee)

Parts: gtr1, gtr2, gtr3 - Grades: 3,2,4

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Bach J.S.

Prelude No. 9 (from the 48 Preludes & Fugues)

Parts: gtr1, gtr2, gtr3 - Grades: 7,5,5

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Siciliana (from the flute sonata in Eb major BWV1031) listen

Parts: gtr1, gtr2, gtr3 - Grades: 5,4,2

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Bartók, B. The Highway Robber (from For Children)

Grade 1

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Beethoven L. van Bagatelle No. 5 Op. 126

Grades: 2-4

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Brackett, J. Jr Simple Gifts - a traditional American Shaker dance tune that appears in several versions. The most common recentone is that used by Sidney Carter in his popular song 'Lord of the Dance'. listen

Grades: 1-2

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Brahms J.

Walzer No. 15 Op. 39 - the famous lullaby. listen

Grades: 4,5,3

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Brescianello G.A. Trio Sonata
Arranged for guitar trio from the trio for violin, oboe and bass continuo

Grades: 7,7,6

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  Concertino No. 1 - originally in Eb major for 2 violins and continuo

Grades: 7,5,3

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Corelli A. Sonata da Chiesa Opus 1 No. 8

Grades: 4,3,2

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  Sonata da Camera Opus 2 No. 1

Grades: 3,2,2

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Couperin F. Les Barricades Mystérieuses
Arranged for guitar trio from the harpsichord original.

Grades: 5,3,2

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Delibes L. The Flower duet from Lakmé

Grades: 5,4,3

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Forrest A. Ainsty Suite
The Ainsty was an ancient kingdom on the Plain of York, England. This suite of 6 short pieces has been written for the beginner ensemble in mind - typically for players with between 1 month and 1 year's experience. Since most beginners are uneasy at the sight of all those ledger lines on bass notes, I have endeavoured to make these parts simple so that they can be played almost straight away, having learned just 3 or 4 notes. Listen to Tadcaster Dance here listen

Grade: 1

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  Chocalypso listen
Just a little bit of fun!

Grades: 3-5

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  Bluetown Brays
Another bit of fun!

Grades: 2-3

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  Based on Basie listen - a very old recording!
A lively and varied jazz blues.

Grades: 4-5

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Conga listen and also by Guitarregro listen.
The Conga has a repeating Latin rhythm in the bass (carrying the memory of the chained slave-gangs in the Caribbean who originated the rhythm of the conga).

Grades: 2-3

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  Green Donkey listen
An exciting, melodious piece with interesting effects and rhythms. (Also available for guitar orchestra).

Grade: 4

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  Joropó - (Recorded by York Guitar Quartet here - though this is a quartet version)
A trio in a vibrant Latin rhythm and great fun to play. As suggested by Ignacio Ornés of Venezuela, I have just increased the tempo of this Jóropo.

Grades: 2-4

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  Three's Company
Swansea Town, Beijing Streetlisten , Askham, Ukraine Dance listen, Dashing Away, Skye Boat Song listen

Grades: 1-3

This is a set of six trios for players of standards between grades 1 and 3 (as per The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London or Trinity Guildhall, London). Whilst all are of modest difficulty, they all highlight different problems of ensemble playing, be it the handling of polyphony, playing off-beat rhythms, or blending tonally and dynamically. But first and foremost, they are fun to play.

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  Five Trios
Roxburgh Castle Listen; O, Britches Full of Stitches; The Prisoner of Freedom; The Ballad of Jesse James Listen; Strawberry Fair

Grades: 1-4

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arr. Forrest A. Amtrad listen
An enjoyable arrangement of four well-known American traditional songs.

Grades: 2-3

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The British Grenadiers
An English air.

Grades: 0-1

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La Cucaracha
A traditional, lively Spanish piece.

Grades: 2

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Cuatro Jotas Aragonesas
(Jota de Teruel listen, La Mora o de Aben-Jotlisten, Jota Medianalisten, Jota de Mainarlisten)
Four dances from Aragón in Spain

Grades: 3-5

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Ha Salido La Fiera - Jota Aragonesa listen

A song and dance from Aragón in Spain

Grades: 3-5

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  European Folk Songs
At Cock Crow listen (Italy); Da Bi Imal Perje listen (Yugoslavia) ; The Blackbird (Basque folk song); La Mort du Roi Renaud (Normandy) listen; Pala Magla (Yugoslavia)listen; Bonnie Dundee (Scotland).

Grades: 2-3

Three of these pieces - Da Bi Imal Perje, The Blackbird and Bonnie Dundee are simple settings of traditional songs while the others have been more fully developed with changes of mood and texture.

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  Hrály Dudy listen
A popular traditional Czech song.

Grades: 1-2

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  Keppel's Delight listen
An English jig from around the year 1770.

Grades: 1-2

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  The Lincolnshire Poacher listen
A rousing rendition (with stalking and gunshots!) of this well-known English song. (Also available for requinto and 2 guitars)

Grades: 2-3

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  Ten Carols
O, little town of Bethlehem listen; Silent night; The first Noel; The Sussex carol; While shepherds watched their flocks; Hajej, Nynjej; Ding dong merrily on high; We wish you a merry Christmas; Hark, the herald angels sing; Wassail song. (Little town of Bethlehem performed by Chrudim Music School Guitar Ensemble, Czech Republic. Teacher Eva Vítková)

Grade 1-3

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  Red River Valley Swing
A popular Canadian song.

Grades: 1-2

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  Three Pieces from the British Isles
The Cuckoo's Nest; The Lilting Fisherman; The Sheffield Hornpipe listen.

Grades: 1 - 3

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  Three Irish Trios
The Eavesdropper, Cockles and Mussels listen; The Tenpenny Bit.

Grades: 1-2

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Handel G.F. Four Dances from Alcina
Gavotte listen, Sarabande listen, Menuet listen and Gavotte 2 listen(including the ballet that was here before!)

Grades: 2-4

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Henry VIII Pavan listen

Grades: 1-2

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Mozart L. Jägerlied (Hunter's Song)listen - from Notenbuch für Wolfgang.

Grades: 4-5

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  Four Pieces for Nannerl & Wolfgang
from the Notebooks of Leopold Mozart for his daughter and son.

Grades: 0-2

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Mozart W.A.

Divertimento No. 1 (originally for 3 bassett horns)

Grades: 8,5,4

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Divertimento No. 2 (originally for 3 bassett horns)

Grades: 7,6,5

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Nichelmann C.

Five Pieces - Galliard, La Tendre, Sarabande, Gigue, Sonata

Grades: 6,5,4

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Purcell, H.

Lilliburlero listen recently recorded in a new version, closer to Purcell's original.

Grades: 1-3

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Rimsky Korsakov, N. Song of the Indian Guest (Hindu Song) - from the opera Sadko.

Grades 5,4,2

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Scarlatti, D. Sonata K430 - from the keyboard sonata.

Grades 5,3,2

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Schubert, F. Entr'Acte No. 2 - from Rosamunde

Grades 5,5,6

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