Porad Sestim Dobrou Noc

An arrangement from Act II of  Janacek’s opera Jenufa, for guitar and violin. The foster mother agonizes over the fate of the child, while Jenufa falls trustfully into a drugged sleep.

Porad Sestim Dobrou Noc.pdf

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Intimate Pages 3 Guitar Solo

An arrangement for guitar of Janacek’s Intimate Pages QT II: 3

This version includes fingering and is the one I prefer to play. Using the original keys (although Janacek omitted key signatures) allows more expression at the climax.

Intimate Pages 3 Guitar Solo.pdf

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Taras Bulba 3rd. movement

Taras Bulba 3rd mvt 2.pdf

I hope to revise this to  a string quartet or quintet arrangement soon. As usual I’ve raised it a semitone to make it more approachable. The piece that first turned me on to Janacek.

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Agnus Dei – Agnece Bozij

Agnus Dei – Agnece Bozij.pdf Ethereal piece from the Glagolitic Mass arranged for guitar and optional violin. I was amazed how sweetly most of this fits on guitar. The middle section (bars 24-38) is more problematic. It might be best to omit it. I’ve simplified the melody. Each note should be sounded a quaver later than I’ve written, but that’s a bit too subtle for my ears to pick up.

A computer version can be heard at  http://musescore.com/score/5420

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Tod Umrel

Tod Umrel.pdf    Heart-breakingly sad passage from act II of Jenufa. (Apologies to Czech speakers for not using accents). This act contains some of the most tender and poignant music ever. From bar 30 on I like to play it ad lib over the long peddled bass note.

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Taras Bulba coda guitar solo

Even more ambitious – without the violin.  Taras Bulba coda guitar.pdf

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Taras Bulba coda violin & guitar

Taras Bulba coda violin & guitar.pdf

I know it’s overambitious, but it’s too good not to try. I’ve arranged the rest of the movement too.

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Katya Kabanova End of Act 2 guitar solo

Katya Kabanova End of Act 2 guitar solo.pdf

Like many Janacek excerpts, it would be easy to turn this into a pop song.

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Intimate Pages 3rd. Movement guitar solo

Intimate pages 3rd. Movement solo guitar.pdf This movement is full of weeping and joy and ecstasy and maybe the guitar can’t express it fully, but it’s fun to try.

By raising the pitch a semitone it becomes much easier to play for most of the piece. Unfortunately the climax (bars 58-60) now falls on a C# chord which is hard to play with sufficient force. I suggest trying out different approaches (natural harmonics, inversions whatever).

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Intimate Pages 3rd. Movement guitar violin

Intimate pages 3 gtr vln.pdf Third movement of 2nd. String Quartet this time in easier keys.

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