While the acoustic guitar repertoire is vast and diverse, there are several well-known compositions that must be included in an artist’s repertoire. Fernando Tarrega’s Gran Vals, Jose Ferrer’s Ejercicio No.9, and Alonso Mudarra’s Fantasia X are only three of the important pieces for mastering this instrument.
Every student of this instrument hopes of being able to wow his audience with difficult and dramatic melodies like as Enrique Granados’ Dans Spaniol Nr. 5, Stanley Yates’ Cavatina, or Augustin Barrios Mangore’s La Catedral.
However, the beginning and the path to get there require a different sort of score, one that is lighter and more accessible to left-handed persons in their initial months with the guitar, and that has all the required components for progressively developing the ability of working with this instrument.
Here are ten extracts that will assist you in taking safe moves forward in this sector.
Vals de Gran (F. Tarrega)
Gran Vlas, the work of Spanish composer Francesco Tarrega, is one of the scores you must have in your song list, regardless of whether you are a novice who already knows how to play the strings or an expert guitarist.
It is one of the most often performed pieces on the guitar and is also referred to as the Grande Valse or Grand Waltz.
Christina Sandsengen, George Sakellariou, and Anika Hutschreuter, all of whom are Norwegian guitarists, are among the performers who might serve as models for the song’s performance.
In G, Andante (Carulli, F.)
Ferdinando Carulli is a well-known composer of classical guitar music and is widely regarded as one of the greatest classical guitar teachers in history. Andante in G major is a tune with a slower tempo, up to 60 beats per minute, that is simple for even inexperienced guitarists to maintain.
It is a classic English ballad that King Henry VIII is said to have penned for Anne Boleyn. The melodic line is one of the ringtones included in the repertoire of various Nokia phone models, and it is also used by ice cream machines in some countries. The oldest among us will recognize it from the film “Lessie” soundtrack.
The score is preserved in a number of manuscripts dating from the sixteenth to seventeenth century and is one of the works suited for second-grade beginners.
No.9 Exercise (J. Ferrer)
It is a simple and brief tune, but rich in color and tension, created by Spanish guitarist and composer Jose Ferrer. While it does require reaching higher positions, it is an approachable score for novices, needing just planned and controlled left hand movement. It is one of the most popular pieces for third-graders and is freely accessible online.
Andante (JK Mertz)
For those who prefer a more dramatic and dynamic approach, we propose Johann Kaspar Metz’s Andantino from Schule für die Guitarre.
Mertz was born in Hungary in 1806 and follows the example of Chopin, Schumann, Schubert, and Mendelssohn, as opposed to Mozart and Haydn’s classical style or Rossini’s belcanto, which were utilized as inspiration by other composers of the time, such as Aguado and Sor.
It is a solo guitar work that is less melodic than previous Mertz tunes, but more powerful and expressive. It is included in the category of works suggested for artists at the beginning of their careers (grade 3).
X Fantasia (A. Mudarra)
Alonso Mudarra was born in 1510 and is one of the most renowned Renaissance composers. He composed works for the vihuela, a string instrument with 15–16 doubled strings and a similar format to the guitar, as well as for the guitar with four strings (4 doubled strings), which were published in the collection “Three music books in numbers for vihuela.”
Fantasia X is his most popular work, having been performed in a number of instrumental performances. It is a tune that is intended for musicians who have some expertise with intermediate and advanced string technique.
The song has fingering and cross-fingering parts that provide harmony to the harp components but complicate the interpretation, demanding accuracy and talent.
Mozart’s Introduction and Variations on a Theme, Op. 9 (F. Sor)
It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful works composed for classical guitars by one of the genre’s most famous composers, Fernando Sor. The soundtrack begins with a motif from one of Mozart’s works, The Magic Flute.
From the basic framework, Sor creates five enchanted variants, resulting in a melodic work that every classical guitarist should have in his repertory. It was initially released in London in 1821, dedicating it to the Sister’s brother, Carlos, and is a solo guitar work for experienced musicians (grades 8).
Legend of Asturias (I. Albéniz)
Originally composed for piano, but containing guitar technical aspects, this work was eventually incorporated into Isaac Albeniz’s portfolio of pieces for the latter instrument.
The subtle tones of the middle part, coupled with rapid dynamic shifts, define the melodic line. It has been described as “genuine Andalusian flamenco” and features a framework that alternates between solo performance and flamenco accompaniment.
It is a piece for advanced (grade 10) students who have a strong command of the technique.
Theme Espaoleta (G. Sanz)
Composed by Gaspar Sanz, this work is one of the most well-known examples of the Baroque style in the current guitar repertory. Sanz’s majority of compositions are based on late-seventeenth-century Spanish dance genres such as canarios, espanioleta, and folia.
It is an approachable composition that is ideal for people who are just beginning their studies of classical guitar (3rd grade beginners).
Espagnole Cantilène (J. Ferrer)
Cantilene Espagnole is a melodious song with the distinct Spanish charm that composer and guitarist Jose Ferrer infuses his compositions. It is designed at an intermediate level of difficulty (grade 4), allowing guitarists to improve their technique and progress to the next level of technical ability.