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The Trap (London Marathon Theme) - Ron Goodwin - 6 guitars

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Guitar, (guitar sextet/large ensemble) - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
By Various. Arranged by Derek Hasted. Score, Set of Parts. 31 pages. Published by Derek Hasted (H0.630359-SC001520999).

Item Number: H0.630359-SC001520999

Derek Hasted writes "This is an astonishing piece at so many levels. My 6-part arrangement is marked 'advanced intermediate', but some of the lines are suitable for players with less experience.

Composed by Ron Goodwin for the 1960's film “The Trap”, the music was conceived to support a film set in the Canadian Wilderness.

The music certainly captures wide open spaces, but more recently, it found considerable fame as the theme music to the coverage of The London Marathon; the regular, pulsing rhythm is the perfect backdrop to the regular stride of a long-distance runner.

From a guitar teacher’s perspective, this is a fantastic piece to show the Circle of Fifths in action - the music starts in G (1#), moves ninety degrees in one stride (pardon the run-pun) to E (4#), then another right-angle to C# (7#). C# is enharmonically equivalent to Db (5b), and it’s another right-angle to Bb (2b) and then back to where we started on G (1#). And if that isn’t enough, there’s one more right-angle to E again!

But isn’t C# so scary a key to play in that we can all give up now? 
Not at all. If you play the 4# section in the centre of the neck with no open strings, then for many of the parts in the arrangement, the C# section is pretty much the same fingering 3 frets lower. For those playing the less complex parts, who might want to stay in the lower positions, the music isn’t covered in fingering that won’t suit.

The dynamics and the writing capture many of the textures in the original orchestral piece.

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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