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Eddie Healy : Quartet for 4 guitars : DOz

Updated: Jun 5, 2022

Eddie Healy

Les Productions D’Oz: Score and separate parts (4, 1, 1, 1, and 1 pages respectively)

This little piece is a little short, but at just a little over a 2 minutes has a lot going for it .It is not very difficult at all, and has some pleasing melodic and harmonic moments and could see a guitar orchestra of decent players have a lot of fun trying this out. Indeed there is a recording of a live performance already on YouTube of it, and it comes across very well.

It is an Adagio of 50 minims a minute and begins with guitar four playing a bass line over which the rest can sit on top of. Guitar 3 then enters usually with a single line (one or two pairs of notes occasionally) that acts as a harmony for the most part. The guitar 2 and finally guitar 1 enter with perhaps the most melodic material to play, although even here, there are no difficult places for either. After the opening theme is repeated the almost constant steady crotchets and minims move gradually into quaver lines in one part, but this new section is only 8 bars in total before the opening idea returns, becomes the coda and closes on an altered Am chord.

It is short, but not too much, and as a result will be fine for a less talented group to get their hands and fingers on, because there are no areas of difficulty for the players at all.

Chris Dumigan

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