Songs for Voice and Guitar

selected, edited, and with an introduction by Brian Jeffery

Songs for Voice and Guitar  - from Tecla Editions

Songs for Voice and Guitar is a treasure-house of songs with guitar accompaniment. All of the guitar accompaniments are original from their own time, they are not modern arrangements.  Anyone who sings with guitar or who accompanies a singer will find a wealth of music here: the 33 songs range from English 19th century ballads to arrangements of Schubert songs by Napoleon Coste, to French romances, while among the most exciting are six Central and South American songs from about 1830, of which the two Mexican, "El Vejuquito" and "El Pan de Jarabe", are full of life. These are original songs with guitar, not modern arrangements, all of them newly edited from the original sources and nearly all of them published here for the first time.  Some of the accompaniments are easy, some moderate, some a bit harder.  Re-engraved (not facsimile). 

104 pages. 12 x 9 inches.  First published by Tecla in 1985, reprinted 2005.

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The contents of Songs for Voice and Guitar are as follows.

  • 1. G.G. Ferrari: A Carolina (Canzonetta). Guitar arrangement: anon. (e to a'')
  • 2. G.G. Ferrari: L'Innamorato (Arietta). Guitar arrangement by E. Seidler. (f to f')
  • 3. Federico Moretti: La Insinuación (Canción). (f sharp to f' sharp) (with an optional ornament on g' sharp)
  • 4. Fernando Sor: Muchacha, y la vergüenza (Seguidillas boleras). (e flat to d')
  • 5. Choron: La Sentinelle (Romance). Guitar accompaniment by Mauro Giuliani. (c to g')
  • 6. Mauro Giuliani: Confuso, smarrito (Cavatina). (d to f’ sharp)
  • 7. Mauro Giuliani: Abschied (Lied). (d to f’)
  • 8. Luigi Brambilla: Son troppo innocente (Arietta). (d to a' flat)
  • 9. (Traditional French folk melody) Que ne suis-ja la fougère. Guitar accompaniment by Gatayes. (g sharp to f')
  • 10. Bruguière: Ne parlons jamais d'amour (Romance). Guitar arrangement by Francois Molino. (d sharp to e')
  • 11. Berton: Le clair de lune (Romance). Guitar arrangement by A. Meissonnier. (c to f')
  • 12. F. Blangini: La Veillée de Vénus (Pervigilium Veneris) (Romance). Guitar arrangement by B. Pollet. (f to a'')
  • 13. Hummel: An die Entfernte (Romanze). Guitar arrangement: anon. (d to e')
  • 14. Beethoven: Mignons Gesang (Lied). Guitar arrangement: anon. (e to f' sharp)
  • 15. Schubert: Ave Maria (Lied). Guitar arrangement by Napoléon Coste. (e to d')
  • 16. Schubert: Gretchen am Spinnrade (Lied). Guitar arrangement by Napoléon Coste. (e to a'')
  • 17. (Scottish traditional) Logie of Buchan. Guitar accompaniment by M. Holst. (e to g')
  • 18. (Scottish traditional) Donald. Guitar accompaniment by M. Holst. (e to g')
  • 19. (Mexican, c. 1830) El Vejuquito (Canción americana). (f sharp to g')
  • 20. (Mexican, c. 1830) El Pan de Jarabe (Canción y baile de Nueva España). (e to c' sharp)
  • 21. (Brazilian, c. 1830) El Landun (Canción y baile brasileño). (g to a'')
  • 22. (Brazilian, c. 1830) El Consejo (Modiña brasileña). (g to a'')
  • 23. (Peruvian, c. 1830) Los Tristes (Canción). (d to f')
  • 24. (Spanish, c. 1830) El Requiebro (Canción gitana). (e to f')
  • 25. Karl Keller: Kennst du der Liebe Sehnen? (Arietta alla Polacca). (c to a'' flat)
  • 26. Karl Keller: Wenn du mich liebst (Lied). (c sharp to f' sharp)
  • 27. Thomas Moore/Sir Henry Bishop: My heart and lute (Ballad). Guitar arrangement by A. Donnadieu. (c sharp to e')
  • 28. Alexander Lee: When the dew is on the grass (Ballad). Guitar arrangement by T.B. Phipps. (c to g')
  • 29. Tomás de Medel: La Monona (Canción). (d sharp to g' sharp)
  • 30. Varlamov: Krasnoe seraphan (Russian air). Guitar accompaniment by Felix Horetzky. (b to e')
  • 31. Traditional/Thomas Moore: The harp that once thro' Tara's halls (Air). Guitar arrangement by J.F. Carl Abelspies. (d to e')
  • 32. M.W. Balfe: Then you'll remember me (Aria from The Bohemian Girl) Guitar arrangement by Herbert J. Ellis. (f sharp to f')
  • 33. Gounod: Sérénade (Berceuse). Guitar arrangement by J.F. Carl Abelspies. (b to f' sharp)

Ranges: Most of the songs will suit a tenor or soprano going up to f' or g' or a'', but a few are for lower voices going up only to c' sharp or d'.  The exact ranges are indicated above as follows:
a, b, c, and so on up to g: this means from the a four notes below the treble stave, up to the g which is on the second line of the treble stave.
a', b', c', and so on up to g': this means from the a which is on the second space of the treble stave, up to the g which is on the space just above the treble stave.
a'', b'', c'', and so on: this means from the a which is on the line immediately above the treble stave, upwards.

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