Transcriptions and Arrangements

For Solo Guitar by Brian Roberts

Most of my arrangements are highly fingered. These fingerings are there to enhance or help create particular musical phrasings, articulations, textures, sounds and characters, while taking ease and success of playing into account. The level of these editions varies from pieces designed for players in their first year to advanced, so hopefully you'll find some pieces that are just right you.

(Arrangements for Ensemble are at the bottom of the page.)

Scores may be downloaded as PDFs after viewing.

J.S. Bach

1st Cello Suite, BWV 1007

'Prelude' View

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'Allemande' View

'Courante' View

'Sarabande' View

'Minuets I & II' View

'Gigue' View

Source: Cello Score, Alfred Dörffel, 1878, Bach-Gesellschaft Edition, Vol. 27

Arranged and fingered, 1977

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J.S. Bach

2nd Cello Suite, BWV 1008

'Prelude' View

'Allemande' View

'Courante' View

'Sarabande' View

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'Minuets I & II' View

'Gigue' View

Source: Cello Score, Alfred Dörffel, 1878, Bach-Gesellschaft Edition, Vol. 27

Arranged and fingered, 2008-9

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J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

3rd Cello Suite, BWV 1009

'Prelude' View

'Sarabande' View

'Bourrees I & II' View

'Gigue' View

The Bourrees were published under the name of 'Loure' in some editions in the 19th

and early 20th Century, but name 'Bourree' is in all the early manuscripts.

Source: Original manuscript from Anna Magdalena Bach, Johann Sebastian's second wife.

As of yet, it's date is unknown.

Arranged and fingered, November 8-18, 2014

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J.S. Bach

From The 4th Cello Suite, BWV 1010

'Prelude' View

'Sarabande' View

'Courante' View

Source: Lute Score, Alfred Dörffel, 1878, Bach-Gesellschaft Edition

Arranged and fingered in March 21, 2009, Bach's 324th birthday

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J.S. Bach

From The 5th Cello Suite, BWV 1011

'Sarabande', View

'Gavottes I & II' View

'From the 3rd Lute Suite, BWV 995' & 5th Cello Suite, BWV 1011'

Source: Lute Score, Alfred Dörffel, 1878, Bach-Gesellschaft Edition

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J.S. Bach

From The 6th Cello Suite, BWV 1012

'Gavottes I & II'

in D Major View

in C Major View

The other movements in this suite work better in D major, but the C major arrangement of this movement might be a good choice for you if you are playing the Gavottes alone and find them difficult to play in D or you just like the sound in C.

Source: Cello Score, Alfred Dörffel, 1878, Bach-Gesellschaft Edition, Vol. 27

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J.S. Bach

'Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring' View

Arrangement in A of the complete piece

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Traditional Irish Tune

'Oh Danny Boy' (pre-1855) View

Based on the traditional harp tune, Londonderry Air, first published in the 1855 book, The Ancient Music of Ireland

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Traditional Irish Tune

Morning Has Broken View

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Turlough O'Carolan

'Si Bheag Si Mhor' View

Thanks to Mick Hickey in Cork, Ireland for his tablature (2013)

arrangement, which this arrangement is based on.

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Traditional Scottish

'The Water Is Wide' View

The water might be wide, but this piece is short and sweet.

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Harold Arlen

'Over The Rainbow' (1939) View

A long time favorite of mine. I love the sentiment and the music. It's arranged in a classical, meditative style.

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Paul McCartney

'Yesterday' (1965) View

Here's my take on the most covered song in history. (with good reason). This is set in a classical style, with a meditative and intense mood.

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Paul McCartney

'Blackbird' (1968) View

Here's my arrangement of 'Blackbird' This piece is unique in that Paul McCartney's guitar part, without the vocal, makes a great guitar solo! When we transcribe other Beatle pieces for guitar solo, we adapt the vocal melody to guitar with added accompaniment. This piece is also great for learning shifting and sliding techniques, as well as cross string dexterity.

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George Harrison

'Here Comes The Sun' (1969) View

This song has a unique ringing sound that is bright and flowing, created by the seventh fret capo, and upbeat and off beat rhythms and textures.

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Paul McCartney

'Here, There & Everywhere' (1966) View

McCartney includes this among his personal favorites of all the songs he has written and it fits the classical guitar beautifully.

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Adolphe Adam

'O Holy Night' (1847)

in G major View

in A major View

This very stirring French Christmas Carol fits the guitar beautifully, but challenges the techniques we use to make a musical line sing, something that can only be done if the melody is connected and continuous, like the human voice. The notes, fingerings and techniques used in this arrangement were chosen to create both a legato, singing melody and to bring out the dramatic, stirring and dignified quality that is inherent within this carol.

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Three Early Baroque Pieces (Anonymous)

'Courante, Aria & Gigue' View

These three pieces were originally written for the five course Baroque Guitar. I learned them many years ago, while studying in Vienna.

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Anonymous Baroque

'Aria & Bourree I-II' View

It's not only Renaissance music that has the power to Console.

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Jan Antonín Losy (1650-1721)

'Partita in a minor' View

Aria, Capriccio, Sarabande, Gavotte, Gigue

This wonderful suite is Losy's most famous work.

He wrote much more, but his manuscripts are very difficult to decipher.

Arranged and fingered, January,1972

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Sylvius Leopold Weiss (1687-1750)

'Sarabande in d minor' View

I've been playing this beautiful and profound Sarabande since the 1960s.

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Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)

Violin Fantasia No. VI, TWV 40:19

'Grave', 'Presto', 'Siciliana' & 'Allegro' View

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Georg Philipp Telemann

Violin Fantasia No. VII, TWV 40:20

'Dolce', 'Allegro', 'Largo' & 'Presto' View

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Georg Philipp Telemann

Violin Fantasia No. IX, TWV 40:22

'Siciliana', 'Vivace' & 'Allegro' View

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Luis de Milán (c. 1500-c.1561)

'Fantasy No. 26' View

This transcendentally beautiful fantasy from the early Spanish renaissance, originally written for the vihuela de mano, echos from the stone walls of the Middle Ages. I transcribed this from the 'El Maestro' book of manuscript tablatures of Milán at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Library on March 21,1984. A few days ago, I found this original transcription folded in another piece of music (almost thirty years later!), so I decided to finally set it for guitar, putting in some of the ornaments and embellishments that the players in the 16th century might have added into their performances and to make it flow on the guitar the way it would have on the vihuela de mano. Here's a scan of my handwritten manuscript. Download

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Luis de Milán (c. 1500-c.1561)

'Fantasy No. 3' View

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Luis de Milán (c. 1500-c.1561)

'Fantasy No. 8' View

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John Dowland (1563-1626)

'What If A Day, A Month Or A Year' View

An elaborated intabulation by Dowland of the well known anonymous tune.

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Anonymous from Elizabethan England

'Go From My Window' View

Here's a delightful piece that I freely arranged in G major from the Dowland Intabulation. It is set in such a way to resonate and articulate naturally and beautifully on the guitar. This music truly has the "Power To Console"

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Anonymous

'Greensleeves' with divisions (variations) View

This piece is from Elizabethan England. The divisions are written in the style of the Renaissance.

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Anonymous from Elizabethan England

'Dance & 'What If A Day, A Month Or A Year' View

Simple anonymous versions that pair very nicely.

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'Greensleeves' with divisions (variations) View

in the style of the Renaissance

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Gaspar Sanz (1640–1710)

'Pavanas' View

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Anonymous

'Four Renaissance Dances' View

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Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

Keyboard Sonata No. 5, Hob. XVI:11

'Presto' View

'Andante' View

'Minuet' View

Arranged in 1989

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Nicolo Paganini (1782-1840)

'Romance from the Grand Sonata' View

Arranged and fingered, 1999

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Anton Diabelli (1781-1858)

'Präludium & Andante Cantabile' View

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Dionisio Aguado (1784-1849)

'Vals in G' View

An easy piece using the upper notes

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Dionisio Aguado

'Six Lessons' View

These are lessons from Aguado's Method Book, but they are beautiful pieces! These are actually the first classical pieces I found at the public library and played back in the early 60s.

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Johann Kasper Mertz (1806-1856)

'Ländler No. 4, Op. 9' View

Here's a realization of the 'Ländler' with the full durations written out, just to give your the idea of the exact durations. Confusing to read, but good to see, at least once.:) View

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Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829)

'Three Ländlers of the Woods', Op.23, View

These three beautiful little 'landlers' remind me of the music that flows from the Vienna Woods and my time living there!

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Mauro Guiliani

'Etude in A minor', Op.48, No. 2 View

An arpeggio piece with the left moving to 15 fret, 2nd string, while playing 1st string open. This creates a nice texture. but is challenging to play smoothly and cleanly.

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Mauro Giuliani

'Etude in D Major', Op.48, No. 3 View

Great arpeggio piece with thumb and 'i' finger of the same string!

Great for developing right hand balance and freedom of moving between 'i' and 'p'.

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Mauro Giuliani

'Etude in E Minor', Op.48, No. 5 View

This is a well known arpeggio piece that challenges your sense of meter. It sounds great when you continue to feel the triplets and let the moving notes be syncopated. This piece is also great for developing connection across the bar line, by moving the left hand with the first 'i' finger in the new measure. I've added the ties across the bar lines to encourage this.

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Mauro Giuliani

'Etude in B minor', Op.100, No. 3 View

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Mauro Giuliani

'Tarantella', Op.24, No. 14 View

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Mauro Giuliani

'Larghetto in G minor' from 'Le Papillon', Op.50, No. 17 View

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Mauro Giuliani

'Allegretto in D' from 'Le Papillon', Op.50, No. 22 View

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Leonard Schultz (1814-1860)

'Guitarist's Bijou' View

from the manuscript of Dr. W. Slansky, St. Petersburg, 1908, located in THE BOIJE COLLECTION at The Music Library of Sweden

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Leonard Schultz

'Andante Expressivo' View

from the manuscript of Dr. W. Slansky, St. Petersburg, 1908, located in THE BOIJE COLLECTION at The Music Library of Sweden

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Leonard Schultz

'Peasant's Dance' View

from the manuscript of Dr. W. Slansky, St. Petersburg, 1908, located in THE BOIJE COLLECTION at The Music Library of Sweden

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Matteo Carcassi (1792-1853)

'Etude in A' View

This is the well known etude, but with special fingerings to make it more flowing and connected

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Fernando Sor (1778-1839)

'Study in b minor, Op. 35, No. 22' View

This is the another well known etude, that I have provided special fingerings to make it more flowing and connected.

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Matteo Carcassi (1792-1853)

'Andantino Grazioso' View

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Anonymous

Five Versions of the 'Spanish Romance'

'Spanish Romance in A Minor' View

This is a tremolo setting of the famous Romance.

'Romanza Fantasía' View

This is a special setting of the famous so call Spanish Romance that's actually claimed by several nations! The elaborations bring out it's Eastern European roots.

'Romanza in a minor' View

This is a another easier setting of the famous Romance.

'Romanza Espanol in e minor and A major' View

This version has the standard first e minor section with a tremolo second section in A major.

'Spanish Romance in e minor' View

This is the standard familiar Spanish setting of the Romance.

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Wong Li Ping

'The Crystal World' View

A melody from the 1978 Chinese Documentary, 'The Diving Girls'

This sweet and hopeful melody falls easily and beautifully on the guitar.

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Anonymous Chinese

'Lullaby' View

This simple and charming little ChineseTraditional melody is good for a first year student to get used to playing in the upper posttions.

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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

'Ode to Joy' View

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Ludwig van Beethoven

'Für Elise' View

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Chilean Folksong

'Waltz in G' View

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Johann Krieger (1651-1735)

'Minuet in A minor' View

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MaryLou Roberts

'Returning Home' View 2001

A Suzuki Book Three Level Reading Piece.

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Spanish Traditional

'Malaguena' View

A simple arrangement

Arranged and fingered, 2006

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Spanish Traditional

'El Noy de la Mare' View

This is a simple arrangement

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John Dowland

'Mrs. Winter's Jump' View

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Anonymous Elizabethan

'Toye in D' View

An easy arrangement using the upper notes

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Anonymous Elizabethan 'Dance in A minor' View

A simple arrangement, using the upper notes

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Anonymous Elizabethan

'Packington's Pound' View

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Robert Johnson (c.1583-c.1634)

'Alman' View

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Daniel Gotlieb Turk (1750-1813)

'Arioso' View

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Traditional Russian 'Kalinka Variations' View

An easy arrangement, using the upper notes

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Ukrainian Folksong

'Minka' View

An easy piece using the upper notes

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Ferdinand Carulli (1770-1841)

'Country Dance' View

This little piece is one of the most well known, ever.

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Irish Reel

'Drowsey Maggie' View

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Guitar Duets

Enrique Granados (1867-1916)

'Oriental' Spanish Dance No. 2' Score

This is the way my wife, MaryLou and I have played this for years. I just finally wrote it down!

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Adam Falckenhagen (1697-1754)

'Minuet in E' Score

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Antonio de Cabezon (c.1500-1566)

'Duo I' Score

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Brian Roberts

'Canzona for Duo Guitar' Score

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Guitar Trios

Johann Michael Nicolai (1629-1675)

'Ciaconi' Score

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Anonymous English

'Divisions on Greensleeves' Score Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

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Anonymous German

'Die Katzenpfote' Score Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

From the 'Glogauer Liederbuch' (c.1480)

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Guitar Quartets

Izaac Albeniz (1860-1909)

'Berceuse' Score

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Brian Roberts

'Dance Of The Secret Source' Score Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

*There is a well-known simple guitar piece in it's entirety by Ferdinando Carulli hidden within the background of this piece

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Brian Roberts

'In Good Company' Score Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

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Brian Roberts

'After The Colors' Score

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John Dowland (1563-1626)

'Frog Galliard' Score Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

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Jamaican Folk Dance

Click here to listen to this being played on my Video Page

Click here for hear a group from Bogotá, Colombia playing this

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Giavanni Gastoldi (1554-1609)

'Balletto III' Score

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Pierre Attaignant ((1530))

'Tourdion' Score

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Solo Pipa and Guitar Ensemble

The Solo can also be played by Mandolin, Guitar or Other Melody Instrument

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Pipa and Guitar Duet

'Language of Pipa' by Linhai Score

The Pipa part can also be played by Mandolin, Guitar or Other Melody Instrument

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Violin and Guitar Duet

Nicolo Paganini (1782-1840)

'Cantabile, Op.17, No. 8' Score