In this video I talk about one way that I make arrangements. For hymns, popular songs, folk songs, I prefer to work from a lead sheet. A lead sheet contains the melody as well as the chords.
Minuet in G comes from the “Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach,” a gift that Johann Sebastian Bach gave to his second wife. For many years this piece was believed to have been composed by Bach but now the piece is believed to have been composed by Christian Petzold.
I remember playing this piece, as well as the companion G minor minuet, back in college when I was a music major taking piano lessons.
Ode to Joy comes from the last movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. You hear the melody throughout the movement. It first begins in the strings before moving to the vocalists before reaching a triumphant climax with the full choir and orchestra. Many people feel that this represents the apex of western classical music. It’s a great piece of music for sure.
For this arrangement I tried to make it as easy as possible. It is basically an arrangement of the melody with chords.
This is an arrangement of the piece, Truman Sleeps, composed by Philip Glass that can be found in the movie, The Truman Show, starring Jim Carrey. I loved the movie and I have always loved this particular piece of music in the movie. Originally, it was composed for the piano.
For a long time I didn’t try arranging this piece because I figured it wouldn’t work. I tried it out in E minor a couple nights ago and was surprised that it worked! Philip Glass is one of my favorite composers and so it is nice to be able to play his music on the guitar.
Adagio in G Minor is a beautiful piece of music. The version I always heard (and liked a lot!) was for strings and organ. I remember listening to it on repeat back in college. There is some confusion on who actually composed this piece. It is attributed to the 18th-century composer, Tomaso Albinoni but some think that the musicologist, Remo Giazotto actually composed it.
This arrangement comes from my second volume of easy arrangements. I just arranged the opening theme and tried to keep this arrangement as easy as possible.
In the Hall of the Mountain King comes from Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt suite. It is a popular piece of music and, at least to me, very exciting the way that it builds up. For this arrangement I tried to keep it as easy as possible while still keeping the integrity of the work.
Romance de los Pinos is a beautiful piece composed by the Spanish composer, Federico Moreno Torroba. This piece comes from a larger group of pieces called, Castles of Spain composed for the guitar virtuoso, Andres Segovia. I’ve always loved this piece of music as well as many of the pieces from this suite.
Melancholia comes from a suite of pieces I composed back in 2012-2013 called, The Year of the Guitar. My goal for composing these pieces was to compose a group of guitar pieces for the intermediate-level guitarist. This particular one uses a lot of artificial harmonics, which is a really cool effect you can get on the guitar.
River Flows in You is a great piece for piano composed by the South Korean composer and pianist. This is one of those arrangements that I didn’t know if it would work on the guitar. It can sometimes be difficult to arrange piano music for the guitar.
Score/tab free at: https://robertlunn.com/a-beam-of-light
A Beam of Light on a Yellow Flower is a piece I composed for my guitar school found at my website. I wanted to compose a piece where you would alternate between melody (played by the fingers) and a simple bass (played by the thumb).