Magnolia Arts Sheet music

Music for solo classical guitar

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The following pieces were arranged or composed by Tim Brace, who retains all rights of publication and all relevant copyrights.
All pieces, unless marked otherwise, are offered free of charge.
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Some pieces have links to downloadable audio files. Some are from the recordings By My Side, Music for Solo Guitar, or Songs of Healing
(all available from this site); others are midi files.
The midi files are offered to give you an idea of the arrangement; keep in mind that they are products of a computer, not of a performer.

Many of the pieces on this page have been recorded and are available via streaming services,
including Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music (which is free for Amazon Prime members).
See the bottom of this page for more.

Please bookmark this page and revisit this site regularly. New pieces are being added as they are written or arranged.
Most recent additions: "Lute Transcriptions II" (April 2020), "Branle Ivre" (May 2020), "Looking for the Center" (July 2020),
and "Three Interludes" (September 2021)

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Secular Pieces Notes
Original Works
A Small Amusement
The first piece I ever wrote for guitar solo; it's a bit of work for 45 seconds of music, but then you could always play through it twice!  (Spotify) (YouTube)
Branle Ivre A jaunty piece structured like a French Renaissance dance from which it takes its name, but with modern dissonant harmonies. Ivre gives a hint to its character, and means - well, it's French, look it up!
Five Small Pieces for Guitar
A set of expressionistic pieces I wrote while very much under the influence of the Second Viennese School of Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern. Each piece is a minute or so in duration. Three have been recorded: (Spotify) (YouTube)
Intermediate Guitar Studies 1-10 Good introduction to modern expanded tonality. Each piece focuses on a particular technical problem. Score set is available for viewing and purchase ($4.99) at
YouTube) (Spotify)
Looking for the Center
A minimalist work. Not too difficult. Good introduction to minimalism for your students. (mp3)
Nocturne - Love's Wisdom
A love song. Allusions to and influences from Cuban and Mexican folksongs, S.L.Weiss, and Impressionism. Intermediate/Advanced. (YouTube)
Preludes No.1-4 Four intermediate level preludes. The first two are character pieces; the other two are meditations.(YouTube) (Spotify) (Amazon Music)
Prelude No.8 An intermediate level prelude, romantic
Rhapsody for a Dancer
Free-wheeling, programmatic, expressive piece. Intermediate/advanced. (Spotify ) (YouTube)(Amazon Music)
Romance No. 1
This started out as an improvisation; it still has a very free, romantic, rhapsodic sense to it. Intermediate.
Sonata Allegro
A piece in sonata allegro form in the style of Giuliani. Great fun! (.mid)
Song Without Words No. 1 Wistful piece, written as a farewell to a friend. Intermediate. The score is available for viewing and purchase ($2.25) at
Spotify) (YouTube)(Amazon Music)
Song Without Words No. 2 A love song for solo guitar. Subtle, lilting South American feel. Intermediate. (Spotify) (YouTube) (Amazon Music)
Song Without Words No. 3 (Prayer)   An original piece of moderate difficulty. Gentle, expressive. (Spotify) (YouTube) (Amazon Music)
Song Without Words No. 4 Original piece, moderate difficulty. Started out as a lullaby for my granddaughter Catie, but morphed into something a little different.
A solo version of an award-winning guitar quartet piece. Intermediate to advanced. 
Three Interludes
Three short pieces of varying characters. A subset of a larger group of interludes. On the mp3 recording, I played the arpeggio interlude slower and with reverb on my electric guitar. It works at various tempos on the classical as well. (mp3 of all three pieces)
Tune for Conor
A lyrical piece with a slight jazz sensibility. Intermediate.(Spotify) (YouTube)
Other Works Transcriptions, arrangements, realizations of lute manuscripts
Allemande  by deVisee Theorbo piece by a leading French composer (1650-1725).
Chaconne by Ennemond Gaultier Charming 17th c. French lute piece in style brise
Courante by duBut le Pere  An elegant courante from 17th century France. Intermediate
Fantasia  by Fuenllana Beautiful piece in the Netherlands style by the 16th century Spanish vihuelist. YouTube performance of my arrangement, by Jay Shepherd.
Lute Transcriptions I
A set of 5 Baroque lute pieces transcribed for guitar. Weiss, Tauseana, Lauffensteiner. Intermediate.
Lute Transcriptions II
A set of 5 Baroque lute pieces transcribed for guitar, from two 18th century lute manuscripts. Intermediate.
Recit du Pecheur
transcription of de Falla piece from El Amor Brujo
Rondeau by Logy
Nice piece by well-known 17th century lutenist (.mid)
Shenandoah A sensitive setting of this American folk song. The score is available for viewing and purchase at (Spotify) (YouTube) (Amazon Music)
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress Classic romantic song by Jimmy Webb, recorded by Glen Campbell, Linda Ronstadt and others. Notation with tab available for viewing and purchase at
Wayfaring Stranger
19th century American folksong. The score is available for viewing and purchase at  (Spotify) (YouTube) (Amazon Music)



Recordings of hymns can be found here: (Spotify) (Amazon Music ) ( YouTube)

Sacred Pieces


Hymns Book One
Includes Be Thou My Vision
We Gather Together
Balm in Gilead
I Love to Tell the Story
Hymns Book Two
Includes Fairest Lord Jesus
Beach Spring
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Advent Hymns Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus + What Child is This + In the Bleak Midwinter
Amazing Grace Traditional hymn. Score (plus tab) available for viewing and purchase ($2.99) at and also at As of September 2020, my most streamed piece on Spotify (more than 10,000 per month)
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing Traditional hymn. Score and tab available for viewing and purchase ($3.99) at As of September 2020, my second most streamed piece on Spotify (almost 5,000 per month)
He Leadeth Me
One of my best arrangements
Jesus Loves Me
Traditional hymn
This Is My Father's World 
Traditional hymn; this is a good free introduction to the way I set hymns.
What Child Is This Traditional English piece

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Last updated January 2022

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