Upbeat classical guitar piece?

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Upbeat classical guitar piece?

Post by Jon Reyes » Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:38 pm

Hi there!

I’m looking for upbeat classical guitar pieces like Pernambuco’s Sons de Carrilhoes. I noticed that a huge chunk of my rep are rather serious and melancholic (BWV 997: Prelude and Sarabande by J.S Bach for instance); I’d like to learn some upbeat and lively pieces to have a nicely balanaced repertoire .

Skill-wise consider myself an upper-intermediate classical guitarists getting ready to transition to lower-advanced pieces.

What are some pieces you can recommend?
Thank you ahead of time for recommendations 😁
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Re: Upbeat classical guitar piece?

Post by Julian Ward » Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:52 pm

Roland Dyens Tango en Skaii is great fun but deceptively difficult. It would certainly push you technique wise at your level but it fits the bill.
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Post by Wuuthrad » Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:20 pm

I find Gaspar Sanz' Canarios to be quite uplifting, and it can be interpreted at quite an advanced level should one chose to.

Also many of Dowland's Lute pieces when transcribed for guitar are quite cheerful.

And Mauro Giuliani's more advanced guitar works can be full of joyous and even pompous revelry of sorts!
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Re: Upbeat classical guitar piece?

Post by David Norton » Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:19 pm

TORROBA: Albada, Madronos.
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Re: Upbeat classical guitar piece?

Post by Lovemyguitar » Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:42 pm

Mertz's "Nocturne op. 4, no.1" is a fun and upbeat piece, intermediate level.

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Post by Lovemyguitar » Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:23 pm

Another one for you -- very rhythmic and upbeat, Brouwer's "Danza Del Altiplano", should be within your range.

And, there's always the favourite Sor "Introduction and Variations on a Theme by Mozart", if you don't already play it.

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Re: Upbeat classical guitar piece?

Post by Steve Ganz » Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:11 pm

Since you mention Pernambuco -
Have you tried some other South American music?
Villa-Lobos Choro No1
and the other choros.
For some simpler ones, try Bernadetti
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Re: Upbeat classical guitar piece?

Post by Smudger5150 » Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:52 am

I second Brouwer's "Danza Del Altiplano" and Dyens "Tango en Skaii" although I've only looked at the Brouwer piece briefly.

Is it too simple to say that faster pieces may be more upbeat (emotionally rather than literally)?

Two of my favourite pieces, Ruiz-Pipo's Danza no 1 and Morel's arrangement of Danza Brasilera are upbeat to me (and up tempo!). Danaz no 1 is grade 8 for Trinity so that might be worth considering for lower-advanced. Or to take a look at, at least. Don't know what the difficulty of Brasilera is though.
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Post by DerekB » Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:39 am

Dowland _ My Lady Hunsdon's Puffe, Kemp's Jig
Savio _ Batucada
Lauro - El Marabino
Giuliani _ Gary Owen
Lully - Chaconne des Harlequins
Arcos - Bolero in A minor, Bolero in E minor
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Post by ronjazz » Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:01 pm

Interesting topic: I am marketing a "500 years of the guitar" program to schools, and finding short, punchy pieces to play has been the goal. From the Renaissance, Greensleeves works well because it's a recognizable Christmas tune as well; Dowland's Mrs. Winter's Jump, and Dlugoraj Finale is a killer scale shred piece that takes a lot of chops but is really exciting. Baroque era gives us Sanz and Bach ( the famous Em Bouree is always good). Classical era gives us some tuneful and flashy stuff by Giuliani, Sor and Aguado, among others. After that we enter the romantic period, with lots of Spanish stuff available from Tarrega's works and transcriptions, along with flamenco pieces. A couple of Sevillanas or a solid Farruca is doable by classical players. Once you're into the late 20th century or early 21st, it's time to create of learn a couple of arrangements of pop tunes: Beatles, Santana, Bruno Mars, etc., for the school market anyway. It's really good to finish off with something the kids know, even singing something is a winner, especially if they can sing along, great way to close. For adult audiences, there's a wealth of contemporary music that's upbeat and fun, especially Latin American pieces.
Lester Devoe Flamenco Negra
Lester Devoe Flamenco Blanca
Aparicio Flamenco Blanca with RMC pickup
Bartolex 7-string with RMC pickup
Giannini 7-string with Shadow pickup
Sal Pace 7-string archtop

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Re: Upbeat classical guitar piece?

Post by gary macleod » Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:21 pm

Danza Paraguay- Barrios

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Re: Upbeat classical guitar piece?

Post by Wuuthrad » Wed Apr 03, 2019 4:57 am

Music of las pampas! Roberto Lara guitar

Which is recording of the guitar works of
-Abel Fleury 20 Obras I believe (if I remember correctly and think is hard to find)

Many upbeat pieces, as well as melancholic and moody, but the Rythms
are fantastic and danceable. Sure crowd pleasers! Especially if you're not playing to a bunch of tired Guitar snobs!
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Re: Upbeat classical guitar piece?

Post by Jon Reyes » Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:26 pm

Lovemyguitar wrote:
Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:42 pm
Mertz's "Nocturne op. 4, no.1" is a fun and upbeat piece, intermediate level.
Thank you for this! I listened to all the 3 movements; the 2nd one really called out to me so I started learning it last night 😁
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Re: Upbeat classical guitar piece?

Post by Jon Reyes » Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:27 pm

Thanks to everyone who gave me recommendations! You guys have been kind.
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Re: Upbeat classical guitar piece?

Post by Lovemyguitar » Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:36 am

Glad we could help! And, glad you like the Mertz -- it's a gem. Cheers!

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