Most Popular Classical Melodies


Most Popular Classical Melodies. Easy arrangements with tab for 36 beloved pieces, including: Air on the G String * Ave Maria * Canon in D * Clair de Lune * Fur Elise * Ode to Joy * Surprise Symphony * and more. The CD includes complete performances of all pieces.

Mark Phillips is an author, guitarist, arranger, and editor with more than 35 years in the music publishing field. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music theory from Case Western Reserve University, where he received the Carolyn Neff Award for scholastic excellence, and his master’s degree in music theory from Northwestern University, where he was elected to Pi Kappa Lambda, the most prestigious U.S. honor society for college and university music students. While working toward a doctorate in music theory at Northwestern, Phillips taught classes in theory, ear-training, sight-singing, counterpoint, and guitar.


Air on the G String (Bach)
Andante Cantabile (Tchaikovsky)
Arioso (Bach)
Ase’s Death (Grieg)
Ave Marie (Bach/Gounod)
Ave Marie (Schubert)
Ave Verum Corpus (Mozart)
Be Thou with Me (Bach)
Canon in D (Pachelbel)
Cantique de jean Racine (Faure)
Caro mio ben (Giordani)
Chorale (from St. Matthew Passion) (Bach)
Claire de lune (Debussy)
Dance of the Spirits (Gluck)
Evening Prayer (Humperdinck)
Fur Elise (Beethoven)
Gymnopedie No 1 (Satie)
The Happy Farmer (Schumann)
In the Hall of the Mountain King (Grieg)
Intermezzo (Mascagni)
Jerusalem (Parry)
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach)
Keep, O My Spirit (Bach)
Klavierstuck (Mozart)
Lullaby (Brahms)
Minuet in G (Bach)
Ode to Joy (Beethoven)
Pie Jesu (Faure)
Rondeau (Mouret)
Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach)
Sleepers, Awake (Bach)
Sonatina No 5 (Clementi)
Surprise Symphony (Haydn)
Symphony No 5 (Brahms)
Symphony No 5 (Schubert)
Symphony No 9 (Dvorak)

Good Points

  • Standard Notation including Tablature
  • Audio CD included
  • 36 pieces, a good spread of popular pieces
  • Left hand fingering included

Bad Points

  • Some pieces are simplified and shorten.
  • No commentary on each piece
  • Pieces can be named better. i.e Bach pieces should include reference number BWV

Final Words
Most popular classical Melodies for easy classical guitar is good for beginners. Most pieces span to less than 2 minutes. Intermediate players may want more from some of the shorten pieces. like Canon in D and Fur Elise. Get your copy of Most Popular Classical Melodies by Mark Philips.

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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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