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Classical Guitar Tremolo Pieces: A Reference Guide

Post by guitarrista » Thu May 31, 2018 6:48 pm

Hi all,

Over the last few months I got curious about finding classical guitar tremolo pieces, after some discussion about way too few tremolo pieces being in regular circulation by concert (or other) guitarists.

I ended up compiling a list of more than 100 pieces, which I thought would be of general interest to forum members. It contains info beyond a name and composer - like number of tremolo measures, time signature, key, alternate tuning if applicable, tremolo pattern if different from (p)ami, as well as bpm estimates for the ones I was able to find video examples of being played. It is curious how tremolo seems to invite the frequent use of a triple meter as well as of parallel keys.

I discovered many interesting tremolos that way and thought others might enjoy the same exploration.

Apart from the images below (right-click->View-Image to embiggen), here is a link to the list as a pdf document.

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Re: Classical Guitar Tremolo Pieces: A Reference Guide

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Thu May 31, 2018 9:35 pm

Very interesting, and loads of work involved! ... you missed off my three pieces ...
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Post by soltirefa » Thu May 31, 2018 9:44 pm

Is Dowland's Tremolo Fantasy on the list?

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Post by Stephen Kenyon » Thu May 31, 2018 9:53 pm

soltirefa wrote:
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Is Dowland's Tremolo Fantasy on the list?
Nope.
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Re: Classical Guitar Tremolo Pieces: A Reference Guide

Post by Rasputin » Fri Jun 01, 2018 3:19 am

Great resource, thanks for putting it together.

Would you count any of the material in Llobet's variations on a theme by Sor / the folias as tremolo? I'm thinking of the sections starting in bars 54 and 70 (sheet).

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Post by guitarrista » Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:22 am

Rasputin wrote:
Fri Jun 01, 2018 3:19 am
Great resource, thanks for putting it together.

Would you count any of the material in Llobet's variations on a theme by Sor / the folias as tremolo? I'm thinking of the sections starting in bars 54 and 70 [url=http://www.*** Site blocked for copyright reasons ***[/url].
Thanks. I considered it (can't see your link but have my own copy). I think you are referring to variations 4 and 5. However, variation 4 is just a pimami sextuplet arpeggio pattern that happens to be over two strings instead of three (for the ami fingers). While it is designed in such a way that the 'mam' part hits the same pitch, it just seems a stretch to call that pimami a tremolo (pattern). Variation 5 is even further away - a pim pattern where p and i are the same pitch.
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Re: Classical Guitar Tremolo Pieces: A Reference Guide

Post by guitarrista » Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:32 am

soltirefa wrote:
Thu May 31, 2018 9:44 pm
Is Dowland's Tremolo Fantasy on the list?
No. While it might be called a tremolo fantasy (sometimes), the sum total of the tremolo is 3 bars of pami (or pimi if you want to be a lute purist) where the sustained "melody" is a single pitch - open string high e. It is just too trivial. Also, as Eric Crouch points out, it would have been played a bit slower than guitar tremolo.

I posted my criteria at the top of the list, so you can see it has no pretense to contain all instances of tremolo(-like) pattern ever uttered in a composition or arrangement. After all, tremolo is just a technique - almost any composition can be rearranged to include tremolo parts. I also focused on original compositions (of some sophistication), and did not include the many arrangements of popular melodies, for example. No "tremolo version of Spanish Romance" or of "Ochi Chernyie" and so on.
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Post by Mark Clifton-Gaultier » Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:20 am

Thanks for your hard work on this subject - this will be a handy reference.

One point - I don't think that the Carcassi should be included - except perhaps in an addendum i.e. "Works that may be used to cultivate the pami mechanism."

Musically its intent is far removed from the effect of tremolo despite the (erroneous) fingering often attached.
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Re: Classical Guitar Tremolo Pieces: A Reference Guide

Post by Mark Clifton-Gaultier » Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:01 am

Just to add to your workload - you omitted these little pieces (perhaps deliberately?) which are included in the Bobri book. The Ogdon is particularly useful as the left hand work is not too demanding.

P. Agafoshin - Etude in Em
Karl Ogdon - Tremolo Study
V. Sazanof (Arr.) - Do Not Scold Me Dear

Not sure if they meet your criteria as "concert" pieces but often it's amateurs seeking something of a stepping stone that can benefit from these shorter works.

You might also find a couple of similar items in Bryan Lester's "Essential Guitar Technique" volume.

EDIT: Just read your notes on the file itself excluding "study" type pieces and arrangements - doh - sorry! Makes the Carcassi more of an onion in the petunia patch though.

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Re: Classical Guitar Tremolo Pieces: A Reference Guide

Post by bergmann » Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:05 pm

The following two pieces might fit too:
Arturo Quinteros, Otonal - Autumn Tremolo Study
Roland Chadwick, Baba Amr

Both can be found played by humans on youtube.

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Post by guitarrista » Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:15 pm

bergmann wrote:
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:05 pm
The following two pieces might fit too:
Arturo Quinteros, Otonal - Autumn Tremolo Study
Roland Chadwick, Baba Amr

Both can be found played by humans on youtube.
They are both on the list already :-)
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Re: Classical Guitar Tremolo Pieces: A Reference Guide

Post by guitarrista » Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:21 pm

Mark Clifton-Gaultier wrote:
Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:20 am
Thanks for your hard work on this subject - this will be a handy reference.

One point - I don't think that the Carcassi should be included - except perhaps in an addendum i.e. "Works that may be used to cultivate the pami mechanism."

Musically its intent is far removed from the effect of tremolo despite the (erroneous) fingering often attached.
Thank you Mark. Yes, I think you are right. My thinking about the criteria for inclusion evolved as I was getting deeper into the list. The Carcassi (more than one study) was historically mentioned frequently, and was chronologically one of the first ones to be included as I started working off of the pamilearner list. I probably did not re-check carefully, once I was through, whether all are still justified. I am also now suspicions of the Koshkin entry - if 80 at 4 per click is the correct tempo, that would not really be a functional tremolo effect musically even if the pattern may be the same mechanically.
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Post by Goose997 » Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:35 pm

Great work, this must have taken a lot of effort. Thank you!
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Post by bergmann » Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:40 pm

They are both on the list already :-)
Sorry - I should have looked harder :oops:

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Re: Classical Guitar Tremolo Pieces: A Reference Guide

Post by Paul Janssen » Sat Jun 02, 2018 1:10 am

guitarrista wrote:
Thu May 31, 2018 6:48 pm
Hi all,

Over the last few months I got curious about finding classical guitar tremolo pieces, after some discussion about way too few tremolo pieces being in regular circulation by concert (or other) guitarists.

I ended up compiling a list of more than 100 pieces, which I thought would be of general interest to forum members.
Well done on your initiative in compiling this list.

I think you may not have fully understood the comment above from Stephen Kenyon:
Stephen Kenyon wrote:
Thu May 31, 2018 9:35 pm
Very interesting, and loads of work involved! ... you missed off my three pieces …
Stephen has written several tremolo guitar solo pieces. Two that I know of are "LarkSong" and "Canzonetta" both published by Jacaranda music.

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