domgarcia wrote:Is anyone familiar with Ivan Paschoito's arrangement of Odeon by Ernesto Nazareth ? I got a copy and am learning it. I have to say it is a challenging piece with a lot of difficult fingerings and barres. I just found that Delcamp also has an arrangement of Odeon in it's level 7 music sheets. When I compared the two arrangements, I realized that the Delcamp arrangement is in key of G and Paschoito's is in the key of E. Would arranging it in the key of G make it easier to play ? Which one would be easier to play for those familiar with both arrangements.
I wasn't aware that Paschoito had an arr. of Odeon, who is the publisher and where may I purchase it?
When you say that the Paschoito's arr. is in the key of E, do you mean major or minor? Because the original piano key of this piece is C# minor so I assume you mean E minor.
I just checked the Delcamp arr. and it's in E minor as well, maybe the key signature of one sharp confused you that it's in G major but it's in the relative minor, E minor, take a look at the last chord and the general harmonic sound of the opening A section that keeps coming back after the contrasting B and C sections. Notice the musical form is the same as the famous Villa-Lobos Choros #1 for solo guitar which is dedicated to Ernesto Nazareth.
E minor is the most guitar friendly key for this piece on the guitar for sure, the melody lays very naturally in that key and the contrasting two major sections when it goes into G major territory sound great as well.
There's a Mel Bay video of Carlos Barbosa-Lima playing it in the original C# minor but it's ridiculously difficult and not worth the bother IMO, maybe two guitars but not one-actually come to think of it Barbosa-Lima recorded Odeon as a duet with Sharon Isbin and they play it in C# min and it sounds great.