I grew up with the Frederick Noad books, they were the first collections of classical guitar music I owned. With a mix of levels from easy to advanced, generally good fingering, and solid editing they are an excellent addition to any library of guitar music. They are mainly solo works but there are occasional duets and songs with voice which make them useable over decades of study. They are not as academic as some books and some arranging for practicality is present but I trust Noad’s judgement.
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The Renaissance Guitar – This book/CD series provides solos, duets and songs covering four centuries of composers for the guitar and lute family. Taken from original sources, and carefully fingered for the modern player, the transcriptions are as faithful as possible to the original while at the same time offering a practical performing score.
The Baroque Guitar – The solos, duets and songs in this anthology are taken from the original sources and are graded and carefully fingered for the modern player. It is as faithful as possible to the originals while offering a practical performing score suitable for the concert stage. Includes pieces by de Visee, Sanz and other master composers for the lute, as well as introductory text sections and study notes.
The Classical Guitar – Taken from original sources, and carefully fingered for the modern player, this guitar anthology is as faithful as possible to the original while offering a practical performing score. All the pieces are graded in difficulty, and some are appropriate for beginners. Includes works by Sor, Giuliani and other guitar masters from the early 19th Century.
The Romantic Guitar – The final volume in Frederick Noad’s Guitar Anthology series brings us up to the Romantic period, with works by Jose Ferrer, Napoleon Coste, Francisco Tarrega, and many more.