Classical guitar pieces with the melody in the bass

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Classical guitar pieces with the melody in the bass

Post by twistedblues » Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:01 am

Can someone recommend some good pieces that feature the melody in the bass?

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Re: Classical guitar pieces with the melody in the bass

Post by Eberhard Mueller » Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:12 am

What immediately comes to mind is Sor Op.6 No.1, or #4 in the Segovia collection of Sor studies.
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Post by Kurt Penner » Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:20 am

Villa Lobos Prelude #1?

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Post by David_Norton » Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:38 am

Leyenda (Asturias), and Granada, both by Isaac Albeniz.

HVL Preludes #1 and #4 work too. The Sor etude is a good suggestion as well.
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Re: Classical guitar pieces with the melody in the bass

Post by Anastas » Wed Mar 29, 2017 5:45 am

A little piece by Nikita Koshkin, from "Da Capo- 24 easy pieces"- number 9 called Elephant.

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Post by marusanek52 » Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:26 am

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Re: Classical guitar pieces with the melody in the bass

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:51 am

As per my 2 cents to the Waltzes thread, Biberian #3 has the 'big' theme in the bass. Most pieces of any size will only show this feature for some of the time.
For an accessible example, one of the Ferrer Ejercicios (can source the number later but its in G).
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Re: Classical guitar pieces with the melody in the bass

Post by ben etow » Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:31 am

HVL's studies number 8 - beginning, 12 - central part. Short but beautiful part in the 7th.

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Re: Classical guitar pieces with the melody in the bass

Post by Dustin McKinney » Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:03 am

Really, any Fugue will put the melody in the bass, but not solely as it will be traded around. The bass will always have a melody, countermelody, or free music that must be played like a melody throughout.
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Re: Classical guitar pieces with the melody in the bass

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:33 am

Stephen Kenyon wrote:....
For an accessible example, one of the Ferrer Ejercicios (can source the number later but its in G).
Actually its Lección 16 from his guitar method. (I got the G bit right).
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Re: Classical guitar pieces with the melody in the bass

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:35 pm

Stephen Kenyon wrote:
Stephen Kenyon wrote:....
For an accessible example, one of the Ferrer Ejercicios (can source the number later but its in G).
Actually its Lección 16 from his guitar method. (I got the G bit right).
Its also this one; (scroll to the foot of the page)

http://www.guitarraclasicadelcamp.com/p ... steve.html
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Re: Classical guitar pieces with the melody in the bass

Post by Mark Clifton-Gaultier » Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:30 pm

Stephen Kenyon wrote:Actually its Lección 16 from his guitar method.
Stephen - I thought that this one was from the 6th "coleccion" rather than being "no.16" in the method - am I mistaken? Did you buy a copy of the MS?

I've been meaning to look it up the last couple of times I went through London but just didn't have the time. I understand that a copy of the method can be had for around £100 - not sure about the sets of "collections."

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Re: Classical guitar pieces with the melody in the bass

Post by Kent » Wed Mar 29, 2017 5:39 pm

An outstanding musical study is available here on the Forum;
Study in Bass Notes (Estudio de bajos) by Julio Sagreras
Sixth Lessons for guitar (book 6) Leccion 21

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Re: Classical guitar pieces with the melody in the bass

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:11 pm

Mark Clifton-Gaultier wrote:
Stephen Kenyon wrote:Actually its Lección 16 from his guitar method.
Stephen - I thought that this one was from the 6th "coleccion" rather than being "no.16" in the method - am I mistaken? Did you buy a copy of the MS?

I've been meaning to look it up the last couple of times I went through London but just didn't have the time. I understand that a copy of the method can be had for around £100 - not sure about the sets of "collections."
I've seen it variously around but just then was looking at it in the Time Pieces volume II were it was described as that - then noticed that Mr Delcamp recorded it under a different name. It does seem to be hard to know precisely what or where it is! The Ferrer method seems to be in ms in the Spencer collection, not sure if that piece exists outside it.
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Re: Classical guitar pieces with the melody in the bass

Post by khayes » Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:04 pm

One that comes to my mind is Mompou's "Cancion" from his Suite Compostelana. I'm not sure it qualifies as a 'bass melody', but it is consistently in the lower voice.
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