Arranging music for the classical guitar/piano duo, including three arrangements by the author

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Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)

First Committee Member

Paul Posnak, Committee Chair


The classical guitar/piano duo is an ensemble seldom heard in concert halls today. A concern about the dynamic imbalance between the two instruments has most likely deterred composers from writing music for the duo. Use of modern technology to slightly amplify the guitar, however, provides a new opportunity to create music for the classical guitar and modern piano duo. The first section of this paper addresses issues of style, texture and range in selecting music to arrange for the classical guitar/piano duo. The second section provides three arrangements for the classical guitar/piano duo by the author. These are: "La Gatica" by Antonio Lauro, originally written for solo guitar, "Intermezzo" by Manuel Ponce, originally written for solo piano, and Sonata in D Major, K. 444 (L. 420) by Domenico Scarlatti, originally written for keyboard.



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