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Pachelbel's Carol - Easy Guitar Sextet

By Johann Pachelbel + Traditional Cornish

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Guitar, (6 guitars or large ensemble) - Easy/Beginner - Digital Download
Composed by Johann Pachelbel + Traditional Cornish. Arranged by Derek Hasted. Classical Period, Baroque Period, Christmas. Score, Set of Parts. 14 pages. Published by Derek Hasted (S0.653181).

Item Number: S0.653181

Pachelbel's Carol - a piece for 6 guitars (or a large ensemble) with a twist in the tail!

Before you purchase - please note that I have a second edition, arranged for 5 guitars.

Derek Hasted writes "It was quite a few years ago that I conceived and arranged this fun little Christmas piece. Since then I’ve performed it many times in concert with my Guitar Workshop (, and it’s always particularly well received.

The opening arpeggios and countermelodies are inspired by the repeating sequences in Pachelbel’s Canon, and they end up providing a rich and totally unexpected accompaniment to a verse and chorus of the famous Christmas Carol 'The First Nowell' (sometimes spelled Noel).

This piece is just perfect as a special item in a Christmas concert, because the title conceals the surprise in the piece - each phase brings in another guitar part, making the piece build slowly before the final guitar launches into the well-known carol.

The parts are easy and suitable for an ensemble with limited experience or one with limited chances to rehearse. In a mixed ability ensemble, there’s something for everyone; in a school guitar group, the teacher can take the Guitar 6 part if no-one in the group is comfortable in fifth position - all the other parts are first position.

I hope you enjoy playing this piece!"

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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