Music with 8 Guitars

96 Tears

Composed by: Phil Kline (b.1953)

Phil Kline's 1996 imitation of 17th Century viol consort music produces long tones and unexpected harmonies, slowly developing and then slowly unravelling over the course of twelve minutes. The... listen »

Domino Figures

Composed by: Wayne Siegel (b.1953)

Written for 10-100 classical guitars, Wayne Siegel's "Domino Figures" (1979) is a transcendent experience unlike no other. With a sound similar to that of a buzzing swarm of bees, ove... listen »

East L.A. Phase

Composed by: Wayne Siegel (b.1953)

In Wayne Siegel's "East L.A. Phase" (1975), the four classical guitar parts are expanded to eight electric guitars. Where the original is an interwoven nylon tapestry, the ostinato li... listen »

G-String Fetish

Composed by: Peter Yates (b.1953)

It's all in the title. Peter Yates' "G-string Fetish" (2003) is a spasmodic frenzy of notes that slowly unravels onto the guitar's open G-string. The piece employs aleato... listen »

Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus

Composed by: Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
Arranged by: Andy Nathan

Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time is an abridged dialogue between sound and divinity. "Louange à l’Éternité de Jésus" (Praise to Jesus... listen »

Picture Perfect Life

Composed by: Felix Salazar (b.1978)

Written for and premiered by Los Angeles Electric 8 at the 2008 MicroFest , "Picture Perfect Life" explores the sounds of 36-tone equal temperament tuning (the octave divided into 36 equa... listen »

Quartetto a 3 Violini con Violoncello

Composed by: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Arranged by: Ben Harbert

In 1946, a manuscript of a 5-movement string quartet was uncovered in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, bearing the title “Quartetto a 3 Violini con Violoncello del Sigre Benjamin F... read more »