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Sicilienne arr. electric guitar & acoustic guitar


A sicilienne is a slow tempo movement usually in a minor key with lilting rhythmic patterns and dotted notes enabling it to be described as a slow jig. This movement dates from 1893 and exists with several different instrument combinations. Fauré’s music possesses subtlety and as a composer he has a great awareness of instrument colour. Careful attention needs to be paid to the reading of accidentals as frequently different voices are sounding in what seem to be conflicting versions of a note. This is attributable to the modal element that it is a strong component of Fauré’s music. Apart from this, attention needs to be made to the reading of the notes and the score detail particularly in respect to knowing which notes are tied. In preparing the score the most appropriate ranges of the instruments are explored and consequently there has been some simplifying of the texture in the guitar 2 part. The realisation plays at a tempo of 50 dotted quarter notes to the minute – the music editor’s view is that many performances of the work are played too quickly. In this arrangement A minor is the chosen key although G minor is the natural and most appropriate key for the work. G minor is however a challenging key for the guitar player whilst the work is definitely playable in A minor although some of the chord voicing in the guitar 2 part may need to further simplified. The realization features an electric and an acoustic guitar.





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