Funeral March of a Marionette by Charles Gounod is best known as the theme music for the television program Alfred Hitchcock Presents later called The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. This arrangement for four guitars or guitar ensemble by Gary Spolding makes the most of the colour contrast available between normal and pizzicato playing and the dynamic contrast between piano and forte.
Lasting approximately 5 minutes, the arrangement will suit an ambitious and enthusiastic group of guitarists who have reached grade 2 to 4 standard. It’s hugely fun to rehearse and guaranteed to make an audience smile. Guitar 2 has been intentionally crafted to make it accessible for a player of grade 2 standard without sacrificing musical interest or relevance and Guitar 4 makes effective use of string 6 tuned down for a pizzicato low D.
If you work in education, this arrangement has these useful features…
- lots of swapping to and from pizzicato and not just in the lower range.
- several 4 part fugue-like passages.
- a change of key from D minor to D major and back again.
- many moments that require precision ensemble playing, especially around rests, that foster eye contact and ensemble awareness.
The piece can be played as a quartet with one player per part or expanded into a larger ensemble, perfect for guitar societies or school concerts. Includes permission for up to 4 additional copies of each part to be made, enabling the work to be performed by up to 20 guitarists. If you have more players please honour the publishers trust by purchasing a second copy.
If you like the look of this arrangement then Bizet’s Farandole may also be of interest.
6 page score and separate parts each 3 pages.