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Ashokan Farewell Guitar Arrangement

By Jay Unger

Guitar (Fingerpicking) - Intermediate
Composed by Jay Unger. Arranged by John Lehmann-Haupt. Folded, Solos. All Styles. Sheet Music. 4 pages.

Item Number: MB.21593

ISBN 9780786638567. All Styles. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

Renowned fiddler and composer Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, his musical partner and wife, have run the Ashokan Fiddle and Dance Camp in upstate New York for many years. Jay wrote "Ashokan Farewell" in 1982 at the camp season's end, to express the sense of loss he felt after the departure of the musical community. The melody's sweet, haunting sadness proved to be a perfect match for Ken Burns's 1990 PBS series "The Civil War", which introduced it to millions of viewers.

In this guitar arrangement, the bass line enters as an ascending response to the melody, which is then harmonized in sixths and thirds the second time through. The arrangement is a good study in position shifting up and down the fingerboard, and provides a great showcase for dynamic and tonal nuance in the phrasing of the melody. It is an excellent concert selection and will be a popular addition to the repertoire of any fingerstyle player, on either steel- or nylon-string guitar.

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  • 4

    Bethlehem, PA
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  • August 02, 2011 Touching song

    Dropped-D tuning, no TAB - if you cannot read music well, this may give you some difficulty. There are no page turns! It is a very touching, bittersweet song, and I really enjoy playing it. I recommend it if you enjoy folk/Celtic.

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  • June 13, 2011 Ashokan Farewell Guitar arrangment

    I've played guitar for some 30 years and am finally devoted to classical. After 16 months of study I'd consider myself a strong intermediate. OK, my opinion. I've always liked this song, incorrectly assuming it was some 19th century waltz, love song or some sweet ballad. Although...

    it fit perfectly into Ken Burn's series " The Civil War", it has a great story all it's own. Music and arrangement are beautiful and rewarding. At my level I ran into a few difficulties but is well worth the effort.

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