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The Cowkeeper's Tune (Grieg Op 63) - Guitar Quartet

By Edvard Grieg

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Guitar, 4 guitars/large ensemble - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). Arranged by Derek Hasted. Romantic Period. Score, Set of Parts. 15 pages. Published by Derek Hasted (S0.623135).

Item Number: S0.623135

Derek Hasted writes "This arrangement is taken from a String Nonet version (2 first violins, 2 second violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos and 1 double bass).

It makes a great quartet for a guitar ensemble of modest ability, and those with more experience will be able to generate a wonderful soundscape with a rich clear overall sound.

The pitch range of the original has to be compressed onto the pitch range of a guitar ensemble and I’ve achieved this by raising the lower voices, rather than the top voice, where the piece calls for a lighter texture.

The dynamics of the original are retained in my arrangement, but the fingering is left to the players... Playing the lower parts up the neck will give a rich, cello-like, sound, but a first position performance will be robust and uses many familiar guitar shapes.

This is a charming, gentle, pastoral piece and the sweet sound of the guitar suits it well.

Those UK players of a certain age might just remember that this music introduced The Woodentops, a children’s string-puppet TV series which ran in black and white from 1955 till 1957, and was regularly repeated until 1973.

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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