selection.jpg This time, we'd like to introduce the newly published book 'Guitar Orchestra Masterpieces by Niibori Method' written by Dr. Hiroki Niibori. It was prepared for the intermediate and advanced level orchestras on condition that they use Niibori Method Original Guitars. The guitars, impression method based on apoyando, new formations and arrangements introduced in the book, enable the new orchestration we've never seen. The sound isn't a copy of string orchestra's but a brand new Niibori sound. Let's introduce 24 types of guitars used in the book here. Their common peculiarities are as follows: 1) Perfect interval between each guitar. 2) 6-strings. 3) Ratio based on the prime guitar. Therefore, person who has mastered how to play one of them can play every kind of guitar. That's one of the reasons that guitar orchestras by Niibori Method easily spread in the world.

Alto guitar (abbreviation: A.) is very popular and the existence is like the violin in a string orchestra. It's turned 5th higher (1:H 2:F# 3:D 4:A 5:E 6:H) than the prime guitar . Bass guitar (abbreviation: B.) is tuned 1 octave lower than the alto and 4th lower than the prime. Duet by a bass guitar and an alto guitar has a wide range and is very enjoyable.

Contrabass guitar (abbreviation: C.B.) and guitarron (abbreviation: Gr.) are turned 1 octave lower than the prime (abbreviation: P). These 2 guitars have quite different constructions and color of sound. Sound of the C.B. is solemn and has a hard core. And sound of the Gr. is so rich and wraps whole ensemble sound gently in it. B., C.B. and Gr. create the reliable base line that supports the orchestra sound strongly. B. and C.B. are played with a thumb only, and Gr. is stood with an end-pin like the cello and played like drawing a bow with an index finger and a thumb. (See Oct., Nov. and Dec. issue in '94 for detailed information)

Cembalo guitar is an essential for baroque music. There are the alto cembalo guitar (abbreviation: A.Cem.), the prime cembalo guitar (abbreviation: P.Cem.) and the bass cembalo guitar (abbreviation: B.Cem.). Each one has steel strings, and there are single (6) and double (12) string guitars. In case of single, A.Cem. is the same turning as A., P.Cem. is the same turning as P. and B.Cem. is the same turning as B. (See from Feb. to May issue in '94 for detailed information)

Above guitars are the main ones used in the book. Then let's talk about the pieces and formations. Every arrangement has been done by Dr. Hiroki Niibori.

1. Concerto for Two Alto Guitars and Guitar Orchestra by A. Vivaldi
(Original: Spring from Four Seasons)

Ideal number of players is 20, but available for the orchestra consists of 10 to 50 players.
* A.solo first=1, A. solo second=1, A. first=3 or 4, A. second=2 or 3, P.=2 or 3, B.=3 or 4, C.B.=1, Gr.=1 or 2, A.Cem.=2, P.Cem.=1
Soloists for A. first& secondare required for high technique.

2. Concerto for Sopranino Recorder and Guitar Orchestra by A. Vivaldi
(Original: Concerto for Piccolo in C Major)

Ideal number of player is 20, but available for from the small sized orchestra consists of 8 players to the large sized one.
* Sopranino recorder=1, A. first=2 or 3, A. second=4 or 5, P.=2 or 3, B.=2 or 3, C.B.=1, Gr.=1 or 2, A.Cem.=1 or 2
High leveled recorder player is essential to play this piece. As the recorder and A. first play the same melody, make sure to prepare A. second players more than A. first players.

3. Concerto for Two Bass Guitars and Guitar Orchestra by A. Vivaldi
(Original: Concerto for Two Oboes and Thorough Bass, Rinaldi F.7 No.9)

Available for the orchestra consists of more than 9 players.
* B.solo first=1, B.solo second=1, A. first=3 or 4, A. second=2 or 3, P.=2 or 3, A.Cem.=2, P.Cem.=2, B.Cem.=2, Gr.=1
In case of large sized orchestra, it's better to increase bass soloists. Do not use B. and C.B. for base but plenty of cembalo guitars. Avoid the assimilation of a sound of solo and tutti so that audience can enjoy the comparison of the melody.

4. Sonata for Guitar Orchestra by Sammartini
(Original: Trio Sonata for Recorders and Thorough Bass)

Available for the orchestra consists of more than 7 players. * A. first=3, A. second=2, P.=2, A.Cem.=1, B.=1, C.B.=1, Gr.=1
It's easy chamber music for any sized orchestra to play. Available even for beginners. The orchestra that consists of beginners had better to increase alto players.

5. Concerto for Two Alto Guitars and Guitar Orchestra 'Variations on Sakura' by M. Miyagi
(Original: 'Variations on Sakura' for Koto)

Ideal number of players is more than 20, but available for the orchestra consists of more than 8 players. Larger sized orchestra is more enjoyable.
* A.solo first=1, A.solo second=1, A. first=4 or 5, A. second=3 or 4, P.=3 or 4, B.=2, B.=more than 2, C.B.=1, Gr.=more than 1
This is one of the most famous Japanese masterpieces. As respecting for the sound of Koto (Japanese traditional string musical instrument), it was arranged for modern guitar orchestras and people. Alto soloists attach square shaped Koto-zume (pick for Koto) to the index finger, middle finger and thumb, and create the sound of Koto. Large sized orchestra needs to increase alto soloists. Each part has the highlight.

All the scores are Niibori Guitar Orchestra's repertoires. Everyone is arranged so excellently. Please take a look and try one.

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