There are many transcriptions of piano, violin, orchestral pieces, etc., for classical guitar, and some of those became, with time, references in the instrument’s repertoire.
It is no surprise that such thing happens, taking in account the potential of the guitar. It’s harmonical possibilities, the wide variety of colors, some of the specific techniques such as rasgueados, harmonics, are just an example of reasons why it can create such a satisfying result.
Throughout my life, I have been fascinated about transcribing for guitar myself. Therefore, I have chosen some of my favorite works and decided to arrange them for my instrument.
Along this long and hardworking process, I had the assistance of remarkable teachers such Carlo Marchione and Zoran Dukic, whom I had the pleasure to study with.
(These transcriptions are the result of years of work and investigation; therefore, I kindly ask you to not share the scores or post it online. Thank you for your understanding,
"Gute Nacht" - F. Schubert (1797-1828)
(for guitar duo)
The Winterreise cycle by Schubert consists of 24 songs written for voice and piano, using text from the poet Wilhelm Muller. The cycle is divided in 2 parts, and it is an expression of grief and sorrow for his lost love, who was lost to another lover. The title "Winter's journey" could have multiple meanings, but it is safe to say that the title appeals to a spiritual journey, where cold and darkness relate to his feelings of loss and despair.
Gute Nacht is the first song of the cycle, which I transcribe in the original key, tunning the 6th string to D. The rather simple separation of roles and convenient tonality allows the performers to play this arrangement in an idiomatic manner on 2 guitars.
Sicilienne (arranged from cello and piano score) - G. Fauré (1845-1924)
(for guitar duo)
Originally written for orchestra, it was meant to be premiered in a theatrical context, however, the play was cancelled. Therefore, the french composer adapted it to cello and piano. The orchestral version of the music was only published in 1909, used for the opera "Pelléas et Mélisande" suite.
In this transcription, both guitars are tuned with the last string in D, where the 1st guitar plays the lyrical melodic content, while the 2nd guitar accompanies with colourfol and subtle commentaries.
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Concerto for 2 violins, cello, strings and continuo (Allegro, Adagio Spiccato and Allegro), RV 565 - A. Vivaldi (1678-1741)
(for guitar duo)
Part of Vivaldi’s Op.3 set of 12 concerti (L'estro armonico), this concerto begins with the 2 violins and cello playing solo the whole first movement, with frequent imitation between the voices. The second movement consists of an interlude of only 3 bars, serving as an introduction/preparation for the following movement, an allegro in fugal style. The inclusion of the many voices of an orchestra work into 2 guitars was, without a doubt, a challenge. However, by conveniently distributing the material in an idiomatic approach, I have achieved a result which fully respects the musical text. Enjoy this masterpiece by the iconic baroque composer A. Vivaldi.
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(RV565 - A. Vivaldi)