I have to come to ask for suggestions of monophonic violin pieces that may be translatable to guitar.
Here are two examples of music I have found that works (can be translated in terms of fingering) for a flat pick and acoustic guitar. These are my arrangements, and some of you may be right in saying that the Paganini for example cannot sing on guitar the way it can on violin (no contest):
I have found that certain violin music consisting of a single melody line only, with the occasional thirds, fifths, or sixth double stops (not many though) can work well on guitar. I need your help to discover repertoire from composers I may not have considered.
Here is what I am aware of:
-Some of the Bach violin partitas and sonatas work well on guitar
-Select Paganini does work, but if it is too "Cantabile" in nature the guitar falls flat with its lack of sustain and "voice quality." I did an arrangement of "polacca con variazioni" that I am working on recording sometime soon.
-I found two Handel pieces that I have recorded in the video above. Any others?
-A few Wieniawski pieces do work (The hop for example), but some are far too out of range and do not work practically. Even if you practice them a lot on guitar, the music that was in them becomes lost.
What can work well on guitar and be translatable to guitar is monophonic melodies, not too slow (sustain on guitar is less than violin), and is in the keys of E, A, D, G, C, Am, Em, Bm, or Dm (Generally speaking). I would like any and all suggestions as I am looking to expand outwards from just Paganini and Bach. The best way to do this would be to ask violinists for their suggestions.
For example, did any other composer write duets for violin and guitar besides Paganini and Giuliani? Ones specifically in the same format which is, short with simple chordal accompaniment accompanied by solo melody?
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