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These 15 carols have been arranged for guitar and cello duo and can be utilized in a couple of ways: they can be played as is or with another guitar (or piano) playing the chords. Merry Christmas!
Carols included: Coventry Carol, Deck the Hall, The First Noel, God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen, Good King Wenceslas, Here We Come A-Caroling, The Holly and the Ivy, I Saw Three Ships, Jingle Bells, Jolly Old St. Nicholas, Joy to the World, O Come, All Ye Faithful, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Silent Night, What Child is This?
When we're in love, that heady, jazzy feeling makes us want to dance...The cello part has an extra version (free) that is an octave higher for those of you who are really, really in love...
Joseph-Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937) was a French composer known especially for his melodies, orchestral and instrumental textures and effects. Much of his piano music, chamber music, vocal music and orchestral music has entered the standard concert repertoire.
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791) was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. Mozart is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers, and many of his works are part of the standard concert repertoire.
Bach, Johann Sebastian
This classic air by Bach is a popular selection for both weddings and concerts.
The original piece is part of Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068, written for his patron Prince Leopold sometime between the years 1717 and 1723. The air is usually played slowly and freely, and features an intertwining harmony and melody. The title comes from violinist August Wilhelmj's late 19th century arrangement of the piece for violin and piano. By transposing the key of the piece from its original D major to C major, Wilhelmj was able to play the piece on only one string of his violin, the G string.
Handel, George Frideric
The Water Music is a collection of orchestral movements, often considered as three suites, composed by George Frideric Handel. It premiered in the summer of 1717 when King George I requested a concert on the River Thames. The concert was performed by 50 musicians that joined King George I on his barge. King George I was said to have loved it so much that he ordered the exhausted musicians to play the suites three times on the trip.
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Allegretto - movement II from the Moonlight sonata (Op. 27, No. 2, 1801) for piano solo. The original key is Db major.
Originally for piano (from Lyric Pieces), this tender lullaby is rendered here for guitar and cello; drop-D tuning for guitar is optional. Night-night.
Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828) was an Austrian composer. He wrote some 600 Lieder, nine symphonies, liturgical music, operas, and a large body of chamber and solo piano music. He is particularly noted for his original melodic and harmonic writing.
A fully ornamented version of the Aria from The Goldberg Variations. BWV 988 are a set of 30 variations for harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach. First published in 1741 as the fourth in a series Bach called Clavier-Ubung, "Keyboard Practice", the work is considered to be one of the most important examples of variation form. It is named after Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, who may have been the first performer.
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist whose ecclesiastical and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity.
It's hard to imagine something more exquisite than Bach's Prelude No. 1, yet this is what Charles Gounod achieved when he composed an Ave Maria using the prelude as his foundation. Truly remarkable...
Ellens dritter Gesang (Ellens Gesang III, D839, Op 52 no 6, 1825), Ellen's third song in English, composed by Franz Schubert in 1825, is one of Schubert's most popular works, although some misconceptions exist regarding its provenance. Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828) was an Austrian composer. He wrote some 600 Lieder, nine symphonies, liturgical music, operas, and a large body of chamber and solo piano music. He is particularly noted for his original melodic and harmonic writing. Watch a performance of this arrangement on YouTube by the duo TenStrings.
Bach, Johann Sebastian, Gounod, Charles
Ave Maria is a popular and much recorded melody. It was composed by Charles Gounod (1818 - 93) in 1859 during the Romantic era, based on the harmony and texture of J. S. Bach's Prelude No.1 in C Major from Well-Tempered Clavier Book I (BWV 846). It is a setting of the standard Latin Ave Maria text.
I mostly play this piece at weddings, and since it is often several weeks or months between performances, I like to use this 'simplified' arrangement because I can get it under my fingers again quickly. I like the resonance of the drop D tuning, however for those weddings when it is not convenient to tune down, I use an arrangement in E major, also published on this site. The cello part contains an extra 'version' that is pitched an octave higher for more ambitious players.
I mostly play this piece at weddings, and since it is often several weeks or months between performances, I like to use this 'simplified' arrangement because I can get it under my fingers again quickly. While I like the resonance of drop D tuning (an arrangement in D is also published on this site), for those weddings when it is not convenient to tune down, I use this arrangement in E major. The cello part contains an extra 'version' that is pitched an octave higher for more ambitious players.
This is one of my favourite pieces by Fauré. It has such an engaging lilt that you could say it 'rocks' - the cradle, that is!
Very light classical. Originally for piano in Ab major. But this transcription is rather close to the original. This is one of those pieces I love to hate... It's not very original but it has a certain charm!
The "Bridal Chorus" from the opera Lohengrin (1848), by German composer Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883), is the standard march played for the bride's entrance at most formal weddings in the United States and at many weddings throughout the Western world. In English-speaking countries it is generally known as "Here Comes the Bride" or "Wedding March". Its usual placement at the beginning of a wedding ceremony is not entirely in accordance with its placement in the opera. In the opera, the chorus is sung after the ceremony by the women of the wedding party, as they accompany the heroine Elsa to the bridal chamber. In addition, the marriage between Elsa and Lohengrin is an almost immediate failure.
Isaac Albéniz (1860 - 1909) was a Spanish pianist and composer, best known for his piano works based on folk music idioms, many of which have been transcribed by others for the guitar.
Adolphe Charles Adam (1803 - 1856) was a French composer and music critic. He is best known today for his operas and ballets, and his Christmas carol Minuit, chrétiens! (O Holy Night) (1847). Adam was also a noted teacher. Léo Delibes was among his pupils.