Easy Baroque Pieces For Classical Guitar


Easy Baroque Pieces For Classical Guitar. Easy Baroque Pieces for Classical Guitar is an outstanding introduction for the beginner to intermediate guitarist to the music of the Baroque. The Baroque period of music flourished in Europe from 1600 to 1750, and is represented by a singleness of mood and gesture, rhythmic continuity, polyphonic texture, and melodic ornamentation. Jerry Willard explains the intricacies of Baroque ornamentation (including trills, mordents, and notes inegale) in an easy-to-understand way, and performs each piece on the accompanying audio CD. Includes: Aria (from the Anna Magdelena Notebook)(J.S. Bach) * Bourree in A Minor (theme, from the Second Violin Partita) (J.S. Bach) * Largo (Arcangelo Corelli) * The Harmonious Blacksmith (George Frideric Handel) * Canon (Johann Pachelbel) * Minuet (Henry Purcell) * Gavotte (Giovanni Zamboni) * and more.

Jerry Willard is an accomplished player of all types of fretted instruments, including archlute, Renaissance lute, Baroque Guitar, 19th century guitar, and modern guitar, and is well known as an ensemble player. Mr. Willard resides in New York Ciry, and is on the faculty of the State University of New York at Stony Brook.


Air (Anonymous)
Ciaccona (Anonymous)
Bourree (JS Bach)
Aria (JS Bach)
Bist du bei mir (JS Bach)
O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden (JS Bach)
Menuett in G (JS Bach)
Menuett in A Minor (JS Bach)
Bourree in A Minor (JS Bach)
Musette (JS Bach)
Gavotte (JS Bach)
Gavotte 1 and 2 (JS Bach)
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (JS Bach)
Sheep May Safely Graze (JS Bach)
Largo (Corelli)
Sarabande (Handel)
The Harmonious Blacksmith (Handel)
Menuett (Logy)
Prelude and Aria (Logy)
Sarabande (Logy)
Rondeau (Mouret)
Canon (Pachelbel)
Minuet (Purcell)
Minuet (Purcell)
Grave (Murcia)
La Tia y la Sobrina (Murcia)
Espanoleta (Sanz)
Lantururu (Sanz)
Canciones (Sanz)
La Minona de Cataluma (Sanz)
Clarin de los Mosqueteros del Rey de Francia (Sanz)
La Esfachata de Napoles (Sanz)
Rujero (Sanz)
Dance of las Hachas (Sanz)
Dos Trompetas de la Reina de Suecia (Sanz)
La Cavalleria de Napoles con dos Clarines (Sanz)
Canarios (Sanz)
Allemande (Schein)
Aria (Speer)
Gavotto (Telemann)
Menuet in D Major (Visee)
Prelude in D Minor (Visee)
Menuet in D Major (Visee)
Menuet in E Minor (Visee)
Passacaille (Visee)
Largo (Vivaldi)
Menuett (Weiss)
Prelude (Zamboni)
Sarabande (Zamboni)
Gavotte (Zamboni)

Good Points

  • Standard Notation including Tablature
  • Audio CD included
  • Left hand fingering included
  • Well written Introduction with signs and symbols explanation

Bad Points

  • Not too easy. Some beginner may struggle
  • Some pieces are simplified as “Themes”
  • No commentary on each piece
  • Pieces can be named better. i.e Bourree should include reference number BWV1010

Final Words
A little difficult for the absolute beginner. 50 pieces. A good spread of pieces by various composers. 24% Bach. 22% Sanz. The rest consists of other baroque composers. Get your copy of Easy Baroque Pieces For Classical Guitar by Jerry Willard.

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Book Details
Paperback: 64 pages
Publisher: Cherry Lane; Pap/Com edition (September 1, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1603780599
ISBN-13: 978-1603780599
Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches

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