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of New Transcriptions and Arrangements Vol. I27 Pieces – M. A. Cruz (2007) Intermediate to Advanced
Sonata K. 64 - D Scarlatti
Mark Anthony Cruz performs at Oklahoma City University on November 4th, 2010. This is Domenico Scarlatti's "Sonata K. 64." "Sonata K. 64" is one of twenty-seven pieces within Cruz's Anthology of New Transcriptions and Arrangements, Vol. II.
This book is a gathering of work not previously available for solo guitar. Many of these pieces were taken from a variety of instrument anthologies and transcribed for the expansion of guitar literature. There are also new takes on some existing guitar compositions and transcriptions.
Bachlava M. A. Cruz (2007) Advanced Lively and humorous, this piece is intended to be performed as
an encore and is a fun tribute to the work of J. S. Bach.
Named after the Middle Eastern dessert "Baklava," this piece is recommended to be played as an encore for its lively
qualities and playful manner.The replacement of the first syllable
with the name Bach gives the artist license to include several
thematic quotes (only five to be exact, so to not overindulge
the idea). This piece pays tribute to Cruz’s favorite composer
in a tongue-in-cheek composition of original content vs. existing
themes, the winner clearly being the honored subject of this dazzling
Dichotomy Two Movements – M. A. Cruz (2012) Advanced
Dichotomy No. 2 Two Movements – M. A. Cruz (2014)
Divertimento Four Movements – M. A. Cruz (2006) Intermediate to Advanced
This four-movement work was composed with a light Baroque feel.
In the second movement, the composer shadows Scarlatti in style
and form. Contents of the opening piece was used to create all
subsequent movements for unification.
in C (Pintura Familia)– M. A. Cruz (2010) Intermediate
to Advanced Five Pieces in C (Pintura Familia) - M. A. Cruz (2010)
I. Pacos Lament
II. Karla Kristene
V. Self Portrait
A musical depiction of Cruzs family, this piece is beautiful
throughout and is uniform by the transfer of like material and
progressions distributed between the movements.
y Lluvia Two Movements – M. A. Cruz (2004) Intermediate
to Advanced This is a two movement work that reverses the convention of the expected tempo setting, slow-fast. Engaging a single repeated right-hand arpeggio through the first piece, Fuego (Presto) is an ominous musical depiction of a small flame that slowly builds into a raging fire. The slow second movement, Rain (Solemno), is a beautiful contrasting piece reminiscent of the music of Tárrega and is intended to juxtapose the tumultuous opening movement. Fuego y Lluvia was composed in early 2004 to be included on Cruz's all-original, PEQUEÑAS
PIEZAS PARA MI PADRE CD.
Vol. I12 pieces – M. A. Cruz (2000) Advanced
All selections are stylized and developed to offer classical interpretations
of these wonderful old tunes. These arrangements use a variety
of composition devices intended to give the guitarist a widerange
of expression and ongoing musical interest. Much of the work uses
variations or variation-like approaches incorporating harmonic,
melodic and stylistic differences rather than repeated harmonic
foundations. A complete recording of these arrangements are available
on CD (See this at Mark Anthony Cruz's recordings on HYMNODY
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. All Creatures of Our God and King
2. Christ, the Lord is Risen Today
3. Be Thou My Vision
4. Amazing Grace
5. Praise to The Lord, The Almighty
6. Holy, Holy, Holy
7. How Great Thou Art
8. Softly and Tenderly
9. A Mighty Fortress is Our God
10. Great is Thy Faithfulness
11. Just As I Am
Vol. II– M. A. Cruz (2002) Advanced An extension of Hymnody, Hymnody Volume II proves
that new ideas are not intangible. Echo effects, Irish influence,
variations, Spanish rasgueados, snare drum emulation, imitative
writing and Travis picking all contribute to this well rounded
collection of hymn arrangements for solo guitar. A complete recording
of these arrangements are available on CD (See this at Mark Anthony
Cruz's recordings on HYMNODY
TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. Morning Has Broken
2 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
3. God Our Father, We Adore Thee
4. In The Garden
5. Theme and Variations on Fairest Lord Jesus
6. It is Well With My Soul
7. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
8. Brethren, We Have Met to Worship
9. Battle Hymn of The Republic
10. Crown Him With Many Crowns
11. Rejoice, The Lord is King
12. Come, Thou Almighty King
and Fantasieon a Five Note Ostinato
– M. A. Cruz (2007) Advanced
Rock influence finds its way into this composition of perpetual motion, and with close attention to detail, one may detect a hint of Pink Floyd. After a bold introduction, this piece takes off into a quick pentatonic ostinato which functions as the subject of development throughout the work and is also the foundation to a lyrical descant which hovers above this strong minimal hook. Welcome to the Machine!
Las Lunas de MarteTwo Movements– M. A. Cruz (2016)
Lament – M. A. Cruz (2011) Intermediate
Collection 4 Pieces – M. A. Cruz (1997) Advanced
M. A. Cruz (1997)
I. Union Station
II. Centennial Park
III. Nashville Jam
IV. Johnsons Jig
Fingerstyle classical guitar music! These pieces were inspired by the great Australian guitarist, Tommy Emmanuel. All four movements of this collection are challenging, exciting and well developed pieces composed in a variety of styles ranging from travis-picking to funk. Guaranteed to please your audience!
Pequeñas Piezas para
Mi Padre 12 Pieces – M. A. Cruz Advanced
A tribute to Cruz's father (Manuel Cruz), each piece in Pequeñas Piezas is attributed to something from his father's life. Florinda, Magdalena, and Nona, are his sisters. Plomotor was a stray cat he adopted. Dos Cantantes (two singers). Alvarado, Manuel's uncle, was the first of his family to come to the United States and brought Manuel on September 10th, 1944. Herminia, Manuel's mother. Danza para Amparo (Dance for Amparo) is named for the mother of his six children. Jardin de Cacto (The Cactus Garden). Socorro, Manuel's soul mate and kindred spirit. Matehuala, Manuel's home town in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Finally, Triste was titled after his passing.
PEQUEÑAS PIEZAS PARA MI PADRE
Title Collection to Cruzs 2004 CD
5. Jardin de Cacto
7. Danza para Amparo
10. Dos Cantantes
The Portal– M. A. Cruz (2006) Advanced
This is a challenging and lengthy two movement piece. The first movement of this diptych was featured in volume XXXII Nos. 3-4 of the 2007 Soundboard Magazine issue and is available here in its entirety.
Often we encounter metaphorical doors which, once passed through,
can drastically change our lives. Such encounters require a great
deal of thought and “questioning” before the threshold into the
unknown is crossed.
Once the unknown is revealed we experience growth as a result
of decisiveness. With this, we are “enlightened”, and it is wonderful
to know that opportunity for growth is always beyond the next
The first movement, Questioning, is a modest fantasy/ternary
piece loosely based on a short six note motive extracted from
Roland Dyens’ Saudade No. 3. To invoke an air of uncertainty,
the composer uses angular movements, change of feel, space and
a constant shifting of tonal center.
The second movement, Enlightened, begins with an eighteen
bar introduction which rather than establishing the key to present
the theme in tonic, modulates to the dominant, placing the presentation
of the theme in the dominant key right away. Following the theme
in the dominant, incidental material modulates the piece again
to present the B section in the mediant key. The return of the
main theme is placed in the tonic key. Episodic material gives
way to a version of the theme in the minor-subdominant key while
more episodic material returns the piece back to its original
key of E major for a hearing of a condensed introduction. This
return puts the theme back in the dominant followed by a coda
placing the theme in tonic with a new melodic and harmonic foundation
for the closing material. An overview of the key structure reveals
the outline of a basic major triad followed by the simplest of
progressions: V -III -I -iv -V -I .
TriduumThree Movements – M. A. Cruz (2013)
by M. A. Cruz
This is the 3rd movement from a collection of three pieces called "Triduum." It was commissioned on Easter Sunday of 2013 by Brett Floyd, a then DMA student at the University of South Carolina.
Six Contrapuntal Etudes– M. A. Cruz (2009) Advanced
Contrapuntal Etude No. 1
Contrapuntal Etude No. 2
Contrapuntal Etude No. 6
This set of six pieces may be best described as a collection of baroque-inspired works which explore lessons in the various species of counterpoint. While
each etude was designed with a specific species in mind, this variety of species
is dispersed freely throughout the collection.
Sixty Short Reading Exercises, Studies and Pieces–
M. A. Cruz (2001) Beginning to Intermediate Designed for developing reading skills and basic techniques in
classical guitar. Concise pieces build confidence in students
through the presentation of small challenges. This booklet also
contains slightly more difficult pieces for intermediate players.
Suite in E Minor– M. A. Cruz (2003) Intermediate I. Prelude
Six stylized baroque dances make
up this small but sincere collection. It incorporates the typical
movements of a suite not unlike Visée or Bach and successfully
delivers the quality of work expected from such composers. A complete
recording of this collection is available on CD (see recordings)
Tres Momentos ModernosScore and Parts – M. A. Cruz Intermediate/Advanced
Publication's Style: Soft Cover
General Description: Contemporary Guitar Solo
Tribute in D minor to
three contemporary Jazz Guitarists –
M. A. Cruz (2007) Advanced
TRIBUTE in D MINOR (to 3 contemporary jazz guitarists)
These three modern but tonal works pay tribute to Mike Stern,
Pat Metheny and John Scofield. This collection utilizes groove
oriented pallets, Metheny-esque style writing and mixed meter,
all using a jazz harmonic vocabulary within a classical style.
Trilogy for GuitarThree Movements – M. A. Cruz (1989) Advanced
TRILOGY FOR GUITAR
III. Presto con Spiritoso
This piece (not to be confused with Triptych, Triptych No. 2 or
Triptych No. 3) was originally published by FLP Music Publishing
and it is Cruzs first ambitious work for solo guitar. It
was composed while he was still an undergraduate student at OCU
for his composition class. This work was awarded 2nd place in
the First Annual (national) Composition Contest for Solo Guitar,
University of Arizona , 1989.
Triptych No. 1Three Movements – M. A. Cruz (2001) Advanced
I. Real de Catorce
III. San Miguel de Allende
This piece was embraced by guitar virtuoso Adam Holzman and performed
throughout the world in his most capable hands. A complete recording
of this composition is available on CD. View recordings
Triptych is a musical journey through two small cities in Mexico.
The work is Spanish in flavor, influenced by the past and present
culture and topography of this beautiful country. It is reflective
more than programmatic, serving as a living memory for the composer
and a testimony to those who might perform it or hear it.
The first movement, Real de Catorce, was named after and inspired
by the history of an old silver mining village in the mountains
of the state of San Luis Potosi. The origin for the name of the
town stems from a time when silver production was thriving.A stage
coach would frequently deliver shipments of silver coins to the
city of San Luis Potosi, but was often ambushed by fourteen thieves.
Hence the name Real de Catorce meaning The Royal Fourteen.
The middle movement Vínculacion takes its name from the Spanish
word for liaison, representing the largely picturesque and panoramic
scenery during the course of travel between the two sites represented
in this collection.
The city of San Miguel de Allende (portrayed in the third movement)
is a place of rare beauty. It has all the charm and character of
a quaint Spanish village.Though the city is quite progressive, it
still maintains an antiquity theme within all its new architecture.
To capture the spirit of San Miguel de Allende, the composer has
chosen a typically Spanish chord progression as the foundation to
this piece in rondo form.
Triptych No. 2 Three Movements
M. A. Cruz (2007) Advanced
Mark Anthony Cruz performs his original composition, Esperanza, at Oklahoma City University on November 4th, 2010. Esperanza is one of three piece under the title, Triptych No. 2 (there is a post of all three movements from another performance). The collection was composed for 16 year-old guitarist Thales Smith.
TRIPTYCH NO. 2 I.
from the original Triptych but present in this sequel are introductions
for the first and third movements. Infectious modulations give the closing piece
a strong polarization back to the tonic key (also not present in the third movement
of the first Triptych). Bold themes and creative development make this Triptych
just as impressive as the first!
Fandanguillo by M. A Cruz
Triptych No. 3Three Movements
M. A. Cruz (2009) Advanced
TRIPTYCH NO. 3 I. Mérida
The first movement of this Triptych is one of Cruzs favorite
pieces -so much so that he arranged it for both guitar trio and
quartet. This first movement was originally composed as a stand-alone
piece in 2003 but Cruz felt that it deserved to be part of a larger
collection. Thus, the third Triptych was born. Like the two preceding
triptychs, this one uses a vínculacion to bridge the outer
two movements. Tula was favored by Cruz enough to generate a duet
version of the piece.
Triptych No. 4 Three Movements – M. A. Cruz (2015)
Zachary's Welcome – M. A. Cruz (2003) Intermediate
Introspective and searching through meter changes, seconds, extended and quartile harmony , this piece soon unfolds into a lyrical pleasantry fulfilling the musical promises presented within the introduction. A complete recording of this composition is available on CD (see recordings).
Zachary's Welcome was written in honor of the arrival of Cruz's son Zachary Michael who was born on December 21st, 2002. Driven to commemorate this great event, Cruz composed this fanfare on a quiet guitar rather than noisy trumpets.
Recorded early in 2004, this piece is included on Cruz's compact disc, Pequeñas Piezas Para Mi Padre. This edition, however, is not exactly as recorded. During the "engraving", inner voices were added in measures forty-one through forty-three. A close observation of measures forty through forty-two will reveal an indirect quote from Torroba'sTuregano from his Castles of Spain collection.
works for 2 guitars
Eterno– M. A. Cruz Intermediate
Tempus Fugit Score and Parts – M. A. Cruz (2009) Advanced
Tempus Fugit for 2 Guitars — M. A. Cruz
Tempus Fugit was composed for two guitars by Mark Anthony Cruz for the Hanser/McClellan guitar duo.
In this recording, both parts were played by the composer.
Tempus Fugit is the Latin expression commonly translated as time
flies. It is with this idea that Tempus Fugit
bares the tempo marking vivace to represent the fleeting
of irretrievable time that we all experience at any given moment
- especially of moments with little relevence to what we consider
This work was inspired by the request of the Hanser/McClellan
Tula Score and Parts – M. A. Cruz (2009) Advanced Tula is the Mexican city considered to be the legendary site
of the Toltec empire that ruled from around 900 to 1100 A. D.
Then, the city was called Tollan. It is the home of the Toltec
columns also known as Atlantean Warrior Statues which stand
atop a terraced pyramid as if keeping a watchful eye on the
city. The beautiful aesthetics, strength and size of these statues
are the inspiration for this composition which was originally
written for solo guitar and arranged for two guitars by the
works for 3 guitars
Cantabile Score and Parts – A. Diabelli Intermediate
Diabelli is a composer not often found in most programs and should
not be overlooked as often as he is! This wonderful guitar trio
arrangement was originally a solo piece and well suited for a
natural division into three voices. Stylistically correct embellishments
even out the level of each part.
Esperanza from Triptych No. 2, Score and Parts – M. A. Cruz Intermediate
Guitar Trio Anthology, Volume I
One and Two Page Scores Final Piece is Three Pages Intermediate
These twelve wonderful arrangements are perfect for the next step in your student's performance experience. This anthology functions as great "gig" literature as the two-page scores never require a page turn!
Mabelita (Barrios) Menuet (Handel)
Gavotta (Ponce/ A. Scarlatti)
Sonata K. 64 (L. 58) (D. Scarlatti)
White Christmas (Berlin)
March of the Toys (Herbert)
Sonata K. 64 (L. 58) (D. Scarlatti)
Trio Anthology, Volume II 20 Pieces, Various Composers Beginner
This anthology contains several easy pieces to give your beginning students their first taste of ensemble cooperation while learning the basics of playing the guitar. It also contains slightly more challenging pieces as a foresight to its Guitar Trio companion (Guitar Trio Anthology, Volume I).
Theme from 1st Symphony (Brahms)
Spiritoso (Cruz)Sarabande (Cruz)
Prelude No. 20 (Chopin)
Minueto en Do (Barrios)
Variations on Folias D'España (Cruz)
Bist du Bei Mir (Bach)
Larghetto and Allegro
Score and Parts – W. A. Mozart Intermediate Translation to three guitars from
its original intended medium of three basset horns is perhaps, agift from the
guitar ensemble gods. This is a most sublime composition and must be shared withguitarists
Mérida (3 guitars) Score and Parts – M.
A. Cruz (2004) Intermediate to Advanced
Minuet and Trio Three Page Score – M. A. Cruz (2005) Intermediate
Minuet and Trio
A delightful and lighthearted classical style piece offering
plenty of activity in all parts. Challenging for medium level
players and lengthy by the nature of its form.
New Settings for Three Classic Hymns Score and Parts – M. A. Cruz (200)) Advanced
I. Lasst Uns Erfreuen (All Creatures of Our God and
II. Darwall (Rejoice, The Lord is King)
III. Lobe Den Herren (Praise to The Lord, The Almighty)
Darwall – M. A. Cruz
Lobe Den Herren as Interpreted for 3 Guitars
M. A. Cruz
These larger arrangements contain creative new solutions for the
old Hymns. They are stylized and highly developed for interest
with unexpected dissonance and re-harmonizations. The final movement
is an outstanding arrangement and undeniably appropriate to close
this most impressive set.
Prism Score and Parts – M.
A. Cruz (2004) Intermediate
Real de Catorce (from Triptych) Score and Parts – M. A. Cruz (2001) Intermediate
Inspired by a visit to a small town in Mexico, this Spanish style
work was originally written for solo guitar and arranged for guitar
trio by the composer with the interjection of new lines and harmonies
not included in the solo score.
Real de Catorce — M. A. Cruz
Swarm Score and Parts – M.
A. Cruz (2014) Intermediate to Advanced
Symphonette in C Score and Parts – M. A. Cruz (2007) Intermediate
Four movements of fun and energetic pieces written in the tradition
of old-world composers with form and balance. The ideal composition
to beef up the best of any trio program.
SYMPHONETTE in C
Finale by Mark Anthony Cruz (from Symphonette in C) Symphonette in C is a neo-classic or pastiche composition in four movements composed for 3 guitars. Finale is the last movement of this collection. All parts are performed by the composer.
Symphonette in C began as a sight-reading exercise for guitar
trio, hence, the simplicity in the two middle movements. The two
outer movements were quickly added to fulfill the potential for
a collection. In addition to its contrapuntal quality and
large repeat of the subject and development, movement one concludes
with a renaissance ending in the dominant key. The final movement
uses techniques and rhythmic material from each of the preceding
movements and introduces a fourth and fifth voice within the last
five measures for a well rounded conclusion. The composer suggests
that the Fantasia, Rondo and Finale be performed with brisk tempos,
while the Serenade opposes the others with a moderately slow,
Variations on a Saraband by HandelScore and Parts – M. A. Cruz
Three VignettesTwo Pages Per Movement – M. A. Cruz (2006) Beginning
Two pages per movement.
The third Vignette of this modest collection is a wonderful and challenging conclusion to this primarily sight-readable set (Vignettes I and II). Intended for students.
Two Minuetti Score and Parts – J. P. Rameau Intermediate
As one of the forefathers of todays music theory system,
Rameau secured his place in history by not just his academic achievements,
but also by his creative achievements. Segovia selected this string
composition to transcribe for solo guitar and is now available
for guitar trio.
We Three Kings Score and Parts – Anon/Cruz Intermediate
works for 4 guitars
Agitato and Departure Score and Parts – M. A. Cruz Intermediate
Agitato and Departure by M. A. Cruz
The first two minutes of this piece rallies around a whole-tone
mode, which to the composer, has a very agitated sound,
especially with the way the guitars rhythmically interchange.
In order to ease the listeners tension from the mechanistic
opening, the piece suddenly departs into pure diatonic
writing within the five sharps originally presented.
The piece shifts gears again with the introduction of a new theme
as the subject of a contrapuntal section and then this subject
returns again over a homophonic texture.
A slow section (Lyrico) is inserted and taken from a very early
solo piece by the composer and adapted here for four guitars.
The two excerpts from this solo material fit perfectly within
this new quartet as the theme from this music is also an ascending
whole-tone scale just as the opening agitato. An inversion
of this theme makes for a nice transition back to the beginning.
The piece ends with a coda. The final chord is the only obvious
one chord (or B major chord) throughout the entire piece in regard
to the original key.
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, by HandelScore and Parts – M. A. Cruz Intermediate
Awaken Score and Parts – M.
Awaken – M.
A. Cruz (for Guitar Quartet)
Awaken was commissioned in 2009 by the Classical Minds Guitar Festival for their adult ensemble participants. Valerie Hartzell, director.
Fandango Score and Parts – M. A. Cruz Advanced
Fandango – M. A. Cruz
Fandango was composed for four guitars in 2011 by Mark Anthony Cruz and dedicated to the Texas Guitar Quartet. All parts in this recording were played by the composer.
GravityScore and Parts – M. A. Cruz Advanced
Guitar Quartet Anthology Vol. I10 Pieces, Various Composers Intermediate
Preludio – Page
Score (A. Corelli)
Gorgeous! This beautiful and lyrical Baroque piece allows the guitar to sing through angular melodies and imitation (both literal and offset by a third). Slow and simple, yet profound.
Air, from Watermusck (Handel)
Awake Sweet Love (Dowland)
A Cortesia do Principezino (Villa-Lobos)
Queen Elizabeth's Galliard – Score and Parts (J. Dowland )
This arrangement is a must for students who are rhythmically
challenged and in need of a good dose of counting while simultaneously
familiarizing themselves with a standard of the solo guitar
repertoire through a group setting.
Expansion on Study No. 5 by Carcassi (Cruz)
Guitar Quartet Anthology Vol. II10 Pieces, Various Composers Intermediate
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Score and Parts – Martin and Blane Intermediate
La Cumbre Score and Parts – M. A. Cruz Intermediate
La Cumbre— by M. A. Cruz
November BluesScore and Parts – M. A. Cruz Intermediate
November Blues – for Guitar Quartet
M. A. Cruz
Swings of Mood Score and Parts – M. A. Cruz Intermediate
Swings of Mood by M. A. Cruz
Swings of Mood is a guitar quartet composed in early January of 2011 for submission to the composition competition hosted by the Austin Classical Guitar Society. This piece placed first and was premiered by approximately 90 guitarists before an international concert. All parts in this recording were played by the composer.
Ceviche CircusScore and Parts – E. M. Cruz (Composed in 2006 / Arranged by M. A. Cruz in 2010) Intermediate This piece was composed by Edgar Cruz who is best known for his solo guitar transcription of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. Edgar began composing as a departure from his world of transcribing popular music for solo guitar. A wonderful result of this endeavor, Ceviche Circus, is a fun, melodious, medium paced Latin-fused-with-reggae composition. Originally for solo guitar, it was arranged for four guitars by his brother, Mark. Very well written!
Danza Española No. 3, E. Granados Score and Parts - M. A. Cruz Intermediate
Danza Espanola by M. A. Cruz
Elegy for the Victims of Katrina
Score and Parts–
M. A. Cruz (2006) Beginning
A sublime homage for a tragic event. Perfect for the contrast
of a slower piece within a program of uptempo works. It is the
Adagio for Strings of the guitar!
El PayasoScore and Parts – M.
A. Cruz (2006) Intermediate
El Payaso by M. A. Cruz
A work composed in a Spanish/Classical style. This is a programmatic
piece in E major exhibiting strong thematic material influenced
by Torroba, Bach, and Jenkins. It is also the 1st prize composition
of the Austin Classical Guitar Society sponsored 2006
Guitars Galore composition competition.
El Payaso [audio only]
Exchanges Score and Parts – M. A. Cruz (2007) Intermediate
There is plenty of interplay in this work as the title implies. In two sharps, the introduction rallies around an A11 chord suggesting a resolution to D major for the thematic material, but deceptively surprises the ear with the relative minor mode and a flourishing musical conversation between the instruments. It is also the 1st prize composition of the Austin Classical Guitar Society sponsored 2008 Guitars Galore composition competition.
Fugue in G minor K. 401 Score and Parts – W. A. Mozart Intermediate
Fugue in G minor K. 401
Unfinished by Mozart and completed by Maximilian Stadler, this transcription is a compelling and challenging Fugue by one of the greatest composers the world has ever known.
Kyrie Score and Parts – M. A. Cruz Intermediate
Menuettfrom Symphony in C, KV 55, Score and Parts – W. A. Mozart Intermediate
This delightful work fulfills the need for the inclusion of a
traditional piece on any guitar ensemble program. Medium tempo
and homophonic with some contrapuntal passages as only Mozart
can do. Charming!
Mérida (4 gtrs) Score and Parts – M. A. Cruz (2004) Intermediate
Mérida by M. A. Cruz
This is a beautiful Spanish style work originally written for
solo guitar and arranged for four guitars by the composer.
Muñeirafrom Suite Compostellana, F. Mompou (Score and Parts) Beginning to Intermediate
One of the most amazing modern guitar solos is now available for
four guitars. The separation of voices from solo to quartet will
give the players an experience of expeditious success. When played
briskly (as it should be), this arrangement is most impressive.
PablitoScore and Parts – M. A. Cruz Beginning to Intermediate
Pablito for Four Guitars by M. A. Cruz
PrismScore and Parts – M. A. Cruz
(2006) Intermediate to Advanced
Prism – A Guitar Quartet by M. A. Cruz
Prism has a potpourri of influences from jazz to Bach. It contains
a spectrum of color, style and composition devices with its
key layout in arch form. Very effective and always an audience
During it’s inception, Prism was titled after listening to an
NPR radio show which featured a therapist by the name of Dr. Dan
Gottlieb, who treats Quadriplegic patients. He mentioned that
one of his patients viewed her soul as “a prism of many colors...”,
a vivid analogy of one’s inner self. It
is interesting to know that Dr. Gottlieb is himself a quadriplegic
and it is amazing to think that someone facing such great adversity
through his life is helping others who are experiencing the same
The title, Prism, is appropriate as this piece is made up of a
variety of textures (colors, if you will).
The theme, which is inspired by jazz idioms, is coupled
with the pizzicato effect. A reduction to one guitar morphs the
piece into a contrapuntal episode inspired by Bach. This section
leads into dramatic new material which was originally intended
to be developmental but inadvertently, by it’s strength, became
the C section. This is followed by hymn style writing in a much
slower and lyrical setting. A duo is introduced midway through
the hymn portion of the piece and joined by the other two guitars
to bring the work back to it’s original, quick, tempo and theme
in the dominant key. This is followed by the return of the C section
and concludes with a coda for new material based on existing content.
The coda yields to the inevitable return to the home key.
The strength of this work rests on the foundation of a symmetrical
key structure. The piece opens with A minor, it then modulates
to E minor, then to E major, back to E minor, and finally, returns
to A minor, creating an arch form.
SpacesScore and Parts – M. A. Cruz Intermediate
What Would Michael Kelsey Do? Score and Parts – M. A. Cruz (2007) Intermediate
Price: $18.00 Catalog MP414
A fusion of funk, rock, jazz and classical for the guitarist full
of angst yearning for something cool to play with his classical
guitarist colleagues. Guaranteed to entertain your audience!
What Would Michael Kelsey Do?
NOTE FROM THE COMPOSER: My brother, Edgar, asked me to go on a “six shows in five days”
tour in September of 2007. The tour was called, “The Edgar Cruz
Guitar Forum” which included myself, Richard Smith (from England,
now residing in Nashville), and an acoustic guitarist named Michael
Kelsey, whom I had never heard of.
Our first show was at TSU-San Marcos (TX). Having just joined
together as a group for the first time only two hours prior to
show time, we were discussing how we would go about formatting
the show. We would each play a 20 minute solo set and at the end,
play together on a pair of pieces closing with Sweet Georgia Brown.
I opened the show and had the pleasure of listening to the others
after I was finished. Curious to hear Michael Kelsey, he came
out with his long curly hair and acoustic guitar, playing a style
of music I can only describe as “nuclear acoustic.”He played primarily
original music. Much of it was percussive and very funky, hitting
anything within arms reach for effect and entertainment value.
This guy was crazy! We became good friends.
I composed this piece for submission into the 2008 ACGS composition
competition but didn’t want it to sound like my winning entries
from the two previous years (which were all composed in a more
traditional style). So I asked myself, “What Would Michael Kelsey
Do?.” Not only did I think that would be a great and unique title
but it challenged me to think like Michael Kelsey to create a
guitar quartet unlike any I had composed in the past. Did it win?
No. But I submitted two pieces that year. My other piece, Exchanges,
was the winning composition for its more traditional qualities. What Would Michael Kelsey Do? was too radical.
works for 5 guitars
CanariosScore and Parts – Sanz/Cruz (2012) Intermediate
Canarios by Gaspar Sanz
Interpreted by M. A. Cruz [for five guitars]
This is a composition for five guitars based on the popular baroque guitar piece by Gaspar Sanz. This expansion and performance is by Mark Anthony Cruz.
Lasst Uns Erfreuen Anon/Cruz Intermediate
NettletonScore and Parts – Anonymous Beginning to Intermediate
Nettleton is the tune name for this popular hymn better known
as Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. This five guitar arrangement
is rich in harmony and drenched in elegant beauty.
Rain Score and Parts – M. A. Cruz Intermediate
works for guitar & other instruments
Concertino Principessa Bb trump. & GQ, Score and Parts – M. A. Cruz Advanced
Concertino Principessa C inst.& GQ, Score and Parts – M. A. Cruz Advanced
guitar and celeste
ComitatusTwo Identical Scores, No Parts – M. A. Cruz (1991) Advanced
Like his Trilogy for Guitar, Comitatus is the result
of an undergraduate class assignment and the second composition
penned by Cruz that was published by FLP Music Publishing. The
guitar andceleste combination produces a wonderful sound and is
a rare medium in guitar literature. This is a modern work materialized
by the expectations of an inspiring music professor.
Mark Anthony Cruz For CD descriptions viewRECORDINGS
PARA EL MUNDO (Original Classical Guitar Solos) $15.00
PIEZAS PARA MI PADRE (Original Classical Guitar Solos) $15.00
VOL. I (Sacred Solo Guitar) $15.00
VOL. II (Sacred Solo Guitar) $15.00
Contemporary Jazz – Electric and Acoustic Guitar with Combo) $15.00
CRUZ AND THE PAVLOVIAN DOGS – DROOL (Original Rock) $15.00
contact and ordering information:
All purchases must be made through
Mr. Cruzs website: www.markanthonycruz.com