Sunday, 16 October 2011

Battle Pavane

An arrangement of Susato's Pavane: La Bataille (The Battle Pavane)(1551) for guitar quartet. It's a great piece of early music to play. It's usually played on loud instruments - but it's no less effective on quiet ones! I've simplified it very slightly in one or two places but I don't think the simplifications detract from the overall effect. Works well with a drum playing an ostinato of one crotchet, two quavers. One performer on its first outing pointed out that there's a quote from the film "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" in it. I hadn't noticed.

The document below incudes the score plus parts for all four players.

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