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Derek Hasted's News from 2019...

April 2019

Mamma Mia - 4 Guitars / Large Ensemble

Mamma Mia (Abba) arr Derek Hasted (4 guitars)

 

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Mamma Mia?

 

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Set in the same key as the original, this is a full-length arrangement of the famous Abba piece, and contains most of the original motifs, in an easy-to-play ensemble. Four guitars will create a big sound, but a large ensemble will add even more energy and bounce to the music!

 

A fantastic piece to add to a concert!

 

 

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See & hear a sample on the SMP website

 

See a list of all my downloadable contemporary arrangements

Guitar Lessons

At the moment I have no vacancies at all for the Summer Term from Easter to July.

Check out my teaching website for vacancies as they arise.

I Giorni - Guitar duet

I Giorni (Einaudi) arr Derek Hasted (2 guitars)

 

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I Giorni

 

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This is a beautiful, reflective piece and it fits two guitars beautifully - it's in the same key as the original and the two players take it in turns to switch between tune and accompaniment.

A fantastic piece to add to the middle of a concert!

 

 

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Adele's "Set Fire To The Rain"

I've arranged two different versions of this classic piece (in different keys) one version is for two guitars and the other is for flute and guitar.

Read more about the guitar duet version here - it's set in Am and uses well-known shapes while staying faithful to the original.

The flute and guitar version uses a Capo on fret 5 to bring the music close to the original key and to move it into the sweet spot of the flute range. Read more here.

Feedback from my music in Classical Guitar Magazine

Classical Guitar Magazine - Spring 2019 - featuring Derek Hasted's Captivation

Tom writes

Thank you for sharing the sheet music for your composition "Captivation" in Classical Guitar News "Music to Play"!

"Captivation" is an upbeat piece easily accessible for both the guitarist and the audience.

Congratulations on 50 years of musical success!

The Darktown Strutters' Ball - Guitar quartet or large ensemble

The Darktown Strutters' Ball arr Derek Hasted (4 guitars)

 

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The Darktown Strutters' Ball

 

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Over the years, I've been asked to arrange this for an intermediate quartet on more than one occasion - and here it is - a version of Shelton Brooks's "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" with a Dixieland-jazz-style final chorus.

 

 

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March 2019

The Danube Waves - Guitar Trio or large ensemble.

The Danube Waves (Ivanovici) arr Derek Hasted (3 guitars)

 

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Danube Waves

 

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This isn't just one Waltz, it isn't even just 2 Waltzes - this edition contains FOUR lovely little Waltzes - you probably know (but can't place) the first one - it's appeared in quite a few films in the background!

The 4 Waltzes can be played individually or as a complete suite that runs for 5 minutes as a single item.

It comes with an introduction too - five pieces for the price of one!

 

 

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Southampton Music Festival

Southampton Music Festival

My quartet "fusion" won the "Guitar and other instruments" category with two arrangements I made for flute, two guitars and double bass, played by Gilly Slot, Lisa Wheadon, myself and Claire Whiteside. The first was "Ballett" by Praetorius (brought into mainstream awareness by John Williams in his 1974 album), the second was "Time In A Bottle"

 

Time In A Bottle is on sale in my Downloads Shop for Flute and 4 Guitars and for Flute, 2 Guitars and Bass.

 

Read more about fusion here...

Waltz No 2 (Shostakovich and "Eyes Wide Shut") - Guitar Trio

Carillon (John Williams and Sky) arr Derek Hasted (3 guitars)

 

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Waltz No 2?

 

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This is a very straightforward and very effective trio arrangement of the ubiquitous "Waltz No 2" by Shostakovich, which, despite the reputation of the composer for heavy classical work, is light and pleasing and part of his "Suite for Variety Orchestra".

 

 

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Portsm
						outh Music Festival

Portsmouth Music Festival

My quartet "fusion" won the "Guitar and other instruments" category and the Carlos Bonell cup with three arrangements I made for flute, two guitars and double bass, played by Gilly Slot, Lisa Wheadon, myself and Claire Whiteside. The first was "Padoana Veneziana" by Vincenzo Capirola, the second was "Fields of Gold", the final one was "The Lonely Shepherd" by James Last.

 

Fields of Gold is on sale in my Downloads Shop for Flute and 4 Guitars and for Flute, 2 Guitars and Bass.

 

Read more about fusion here...

New pages to browse and purchase music

Derek Hasted - new music shop

The steady growth of arrangements I've published (almost 130 now) has meant that the shop has been in need of a facelift. All the titles are now grouped by "number of instruments" and then listed in alphabetical order.

There's a little bit left to do, but come and see...

 

 

 

Carillon (Sky and John Williams) - Guitar Trio

Carillon (John Williams and Sky) arr Derek Hasted (3 guitars)

 

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Carillon?

 

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This is a very straightforward and very effective trio arrangement of the gentle "Carillon" that Sky performed so effortlessly. It's been played by my Guitar Workshop and always goes down well in concerts.

 

 

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Le Onde (Einaudi) - Guitar Quartet

Le Onde (Ludovico Einaudi) arr Derek Hasted (4 guitars)

 

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Le Onde?

 

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Einaudi has a reputation for gentle music that flows in a timeless fashion. You might know this piece from the version Craig Ogden plays - multi-tracked of course - on a recent CD. This version simply needs three more guitarists and it's ready to play live in concert!

 

 

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The Heart Asks Pleasure First (from the film The Piano) - Guitar Duet

The Heart Asks Pleasure First (from the film The Piano) arr Derek Hasted (2 guitars)

 

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The Piano?

 

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It's been a long time coming, but finally, I've got copyright clearance to publish "The Heart Asks Pleasure First" from the film "The Piano", arranged as a thrilling Guitar Duet.

 

 

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Below is a live recording from a concert with my good friend Bruce Paine, live at Alberton House, New Zealand

 

February 2019

Classical Guitar Magazine

Classical Guitar Magazine - Spring 2019 - featuring Derek Hasted's Captivation

Want a piece of free music?

This Spring's Classical Guitar Magazine features "Captivation", one movement from my 4-movement suite "Celebration", written for intermediate players who want an accessible "big piece" with first-time appeal for an audience. Written with the bottom string tuned down to D, there is a big sound based on simple and familiar shapes.

 

Visit Classical Guitar Magazine's website

Order the complete suite "Celebration" from Corda Music Publications Send an email with your name and address - Celebration is GBP3 (£3) and they will quote you a price including post and packing.

 

Portsmouth Music Festival Guitar Day

Just a heads-up that the PMF Guitar Day has moved from the Half-Term Weekend round to Saturday March 9th 2019, at Park Community School, Middle Park Way, Havant, PO9 4BU.

The day starts at 10:30 - do come along and support the day itself (and optionally, some of my students!).

I'll also be there with fusion.

Romantic music for Valentine's Day

The Rose

Available on instant download, a selection of romantic music which can be yours in time for Valentine's Day...

Titles include

"You Raise Me Up (2 guitars or flute and guitar)

"Besame Mucho" (3 guitars)

"Romance" (3 guitars)

"All I Have To Do Is Dream" (4 guitars)

"Eternal Flame" (4 guitars)

"I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song" (4 guitars)

"The Rose" (4 guitars)

"Woman" (4 guitars)

And many more besides!

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I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song - Jim Croce

I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song arr Derek Hasted (4 guitars/large ensemble)

 

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this beautiful piece?

 

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I have just published "I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song" for intermediate guitar quartet or large ensemble. Click or tap the image for more information...

 

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A Winter's Tale - David Essex (composed Mike Batt)

A Winter's Tale arr Derek Hasted (4 guitars/large ensemble)

 

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"A Winter's Tale"?

 

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I have just published "A Winter's Tale" for easy to intermediate guitar quartet or large ensemble - it's based on an arrangement that's been proven in concert, and it works equally well with 4 guitars or with a large ensemble.

 

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The Closest Thing To Crazy - Katie Melua (composed Mike Batt)

The Closest Thing To Crazy arr Derek Hasted (4 guitars/large ensemble)

 

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"The Closest Thing to Crazy"?

 

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I have just published "The Closest Thing To Crazy" for intermediate guitar quartet or large ensemble - it's based on the arrangement that Hampshire Guitar Orchestra have played in concert, and it works equally well with 4 guitars or with a large ensemble.

 

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When I'm Sixty Four - Lennon and McCartney

Lennon and McCartney's When I'm 64 (3 guitars/large ensemble)

 

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"When I'm 64"?

 

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I have just published "When I'm 64" for easy to intermediate guitar trio - it's based on the arrangement my Guitar Workshop have played in concert, and it works equally well with 3 guitars or with a large ensemble.

 

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See a list of all my downloadable contemporary arrangements

42nd Street

Harry Warren's 42nd Street (4 guitars/large ensemble)

 

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"42nd Street"?

 

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I have just published "Forty Second Street" for intermediate guitar quartet - it's based on the arrangement Hampshire Guitar Orchestra played, and it works equally well with 4 guitars or with a large ensemble.

 

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January 2019

Is This The Way To Amarillo

Tony Christie's Is This The Way To Amarillo (5 guitars/large ensemble)

 

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"Amarillo"?

 

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I have just published "Is This The Way To Amarillo" for intermediate guitar quintet - it's based on the arrangement Hampshire Guitar Orchestra played, and it works equally well with 5 guitars or with a large ensemble. This accessible arrangement captures the drive of the original with a straightforward melody line that's bright and powerful

 

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Blue Tango

Blue Tango (4 guitars/large ensemble)

 

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"Blue Tango"?

 

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I have just published "Blue Tango" for intermediate guitar quartet - it's based on the arrangement Hampshire Guitar Orchestra played, and it works equally well with 4 guitars or with a large ensemble. This accessible arrangement captures the punchy rhythm of the original and the lilting melody and countermelody.

 

See and hear a sample on the SMP website

See a list of all my downloadable contemporary arrangements

Ensemble music - instant downloads

The flurry of activity that I mentioned at the tale end of 2018, when I published 23 more accessible and fun ensembles, well, it's turned into a flurry of downloads from the UK, America, Europe and Australasia. Exciting times!

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to my website - check this page for updates - it will point you to any new pages...

Looking back over 2018, it was an amazing year for music sales - my "instantly available downloads" proved especially popular...