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Dream Of Olwen Guitar Duet (Advanced Intermediate)

By Charles Williams

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Guitar, (guitar duet) - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
By Charles Williams. Arranged by Derek Hasted. Score, Set of Parts. 15 pages. Published by Derek Hasted (H0.806271-SC003443724).

Item Number: H0.806271-SC003443724

Derek Hasted writes "I have made two arrangements of this lovely piece. This edition is my more complex 'advanced intermediate' arrangement which adheres closely to the piano original both in the many dynamic markings and in the changes of rhythm in the accompaniment.

This fantastic piece was written as an integral part of the film “While I Live”, and such is the power and emotion in the music, it has achieved a recognition that has far outlasted the film.

My arrangement for two guitars captures all of the original, fiendishly difficult, piano composition, but uses the sweet tone of the guitar to add quality, rather than quantity, to the notes, creating a soundscape that works effectively and makes a piece lasting almost 4 minutes.

The centre section has a simpler accompaniment than the original to avoid an overly fussy and unsatisfactory sound. Elsewhere the accompaniment retains much of the original but tailored to the sweet sound of the guitar.

The arpeggios are fingered because they generally only work well in one position. 

The melody, by contrast, is unfingered; it is chromatic and so there is no place on the neck where all the notes are accessible. It’s really a matter of personal choice where you change position and whether you prefer to stay high up the neck for vibrato or venture down to get a punchier, brighter tone in the loud sections.

I hope you enjoy playing this piece!

Dedicated to the memory of my maternal grandmother Olwen"

This is one of a large and growing range of accessible ensembles from experienced arranger Derek Hasted, and is supplied as full score and parts. Check out Derek's other arrangements - search SheetMusicPlus for Derek Hasted and you'll see the full list, all with soundclips and sample score. Derek's website at has all the arrangements grouped by "number of instruments".

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