This page is dedicated to all the editions that Julian Bream has published. Bream took a lot of care into taking a piece of established work and making it all his own. Weather is was a solo piece already arranged for guitar or a large suite written several hundred years ago for a harpsichord or cello, Bream would deconstruct it and give it new life. Early on, even before his phonograph recording career had started, Julian's editings, fingerings and arrangements where being offered for sale by the Clifford Essex Music Company. In the beginning, it was an additional source of income that he desperately needed.  Once Bream started recording, the editions for the pieces that were released on the phonograph record were in high demand amongst classical guitarist.

The Editions

Elegy for Guitar
By Alan Rawsthorne

Solo guitar - Level D (difficult)
Composed by Alan Rawsthorne. Edited by Julian Bream. Pieces & Studies. 8 pages. Duration 8'. Oxford University Press #9780193585102. Published by Oxford University Press (OU.9780193585102).

Item Number: OU.9780193585102

ISBN 9780193585102. 12 x 9 inches.

Edited and completed by Julian Bream.

Songs from the Chinese
for High Voice and Guitar

Guitar, Voice (High Voice)
For High Voice and Guitar. Composed by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976). Edited by Julian Bream. Boosey & Hawkes Voice. Classical, Contemporary. 16 pages. Boosey & Hawkes #M060015311. Published by Boosey & Hawkes (HL.48009005).

Item Number: HL.48009005

9x12 inches. Guitar Part Edited by Juliam Bream.


The Big Chariot (from The Book of Songs)

The Old Lute

The Autumn Wind

The Herd-Boy


Dance Song (from The Book of Songs).

Four French Folk Songs
By Matyas Seiber

High voice and guitar
Composed by Matyas Seiber (1905-1960). Arranged by Julian Bream. This edition: Saddle stitching. Sheet music. Edition Schott. Classical. 16 pages. Schott Music #ED 10637. Published by Schott Music (HL.49002448).

Item Number: HL.49002448

8.25x11.5 inches. French.

High Voice and Guitar.

Five Bagatelles Guitar
By William Walton

Classical guitar solo - Level D (difficult)
Composed by William Walton (1902-1983). Arranged by Julian Bream. 20th Century. Collection. 16 pages. Duration 13'. Oxford University Press #9780193594074. Published by Oxford University Press (OU.9780193594074).

Item Number: OU.9780193594074

ISBN 9780193594074. 9x12 inches.

Five Bagatelles were written for Julian Bream and dedicated to Malcolm Arnold 'with admiration and affection for his 50th birthday'. They were given their first performance in Bath on 27th May 1972.

I. Allegro 
II. Lento 
III. Alla Cubana 
V. Con Slancia 

The Blue Guitar
By Sir Michael Tippett

Guitar - difficult
Sonata. Composed by Sir Michael Tippett (1905-1998). Edited by Julian Bream. Arranged by Julian Bream. Sheet music. Edition Schott. Blues, Classical, Contemporary. Composed 1982-1983. 24 pages. Duration 17'. Schott Music #ED 12218. Published by Schott Music (HL.49003039).

Item Number: HL.49003039

9x12 inches.

Michael Tippett changed the order of the movements after the fist performances and recordings. The 2008 Edition Schott reprint of this work now has the movements in the correct playing order along with corrections to the score of several mistakes which were previously highlighted with an errata list.

Royal Winter Music
First Sonata on Shakespearean Characters
By Hans Werner Henze

Guitar - difficult
First Sonata on Shakespearean Characters. Composed by Hans Werner Henze (1926-). Edited by Julian Bream. Arranged by Julian Bream. This edition: Saddle stitching. Sheet music. Gitarren-Archiv (Guitar Archive). Classical. Composed 1975-1976. 35 pages. Duration 25'. Schott Music #GA 467. Published by Schott Music (HL.49010880).

Item Number: HL.49010880

9x12 inches.

My idea of developing music from Richard of Gloucester's monologue 'Now is the winter of our discontent', and of generating more music from that material, was conceived during the 1960s. Ten years later it took a more concrete form, when Julian Bream suggested to me that I should write a substanial new guitar work for him. More time went by, and only having finished 'We Come to the River' could I begin to realise our plan. Then began a collaboration with the instrumentalist that went through various phases, from which I gained a more profound knowledge of the technicalities and of the sound-world of the guitar. I would even go so far as to say that this collaboration gave me a new concept of how to write for an instrument with a rich tradition. The guitar is a 'knowing' or 'knowledgeable' instrument, with many limitations but also many unexplored spaces and depths within these limits. It possesses a richness of sound capable of embracing everything one might find in a gigantic contemporary orchestra; but one has to start from silence in order to notice this: one has to pause, and completely exclude noise.The dramatis personae of this piece enter through the sound of the guitar as if it were curtain. Through masks, voices and gestures, they speak to us of great passion, of tenderness, sadness and comedy: strange events in people's lives. Into this, the whispering voices of spirits are mingled. The epilogue is spoken by Oberon, pacified and reconciled, as though Nature had been subjected to Man.- Hans Werner Henze.

Sonatina For Guitar (Revised 2012)
for Guitar
By Lennox Berkeley

For Guitar. Composed by Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989) and Julian Bream (1933-). Edited by Peter Dickinson fing. Julian Bream. Arranged by Julian Bream. Music Sales America. Classical. Book Only. Composed 2012. 12 pages. Chester Music #MUSCH79772. Published by Chester Music (HL.14041941).

Item Number: HL.14041941

ISBN 9781780386560. 9x12 inches.

Commissioned by and dedicated to Julian Bream.

Nocturnal After John Dowland, Op. 70
By Benjamin Britten

Composed by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976). Edited by Julian Bream. Classical Guitar Solo; Masterworks. Faber Edition. 20th Century; Masterwork. Book. Faber Music #12-0571500056.

Published by Faber Music (AP.12-0571500056).

Item Number: AP.12-0571500056

ISBN 0571500056. English.

Britten's Nocturnal After John Dowland Op. 70 is a fantastically varied and intricate piece for Solo Guitar, which has been edited here by Julian Bream. This piece will present an enjoyable challenge to the advancing classical guitarist.

The first performance of Nocturnal was given by Julian Bream at the Aldburgh Festival June 12th 1964. The song upon which the work is based is No. 20 in The First Book of Songs or Ayres of Four Parts by John Dowland, published in 1597.

Drei Fragmente nach Holderlin / Drei Tentos
aus der Kammermusik 1958
By Hans Werner Henze

Guitar solo (Tentos) and for Vocal and Guitar (Fragmente) - difficult
Aus der Kammermusik 1958. Composed by Hans Werner Henze (1926-). Arranged by Julian Bream. This edition: Saddle stitching. Sheet music. Edition Schott. Classical. Score for Voice and/or Instruments. Composed 1958. 24 pages. Schott Music #ED 4886. Published by Schott Music (HL.49005234).

Item Number: HL.49005234

11.75x8.25 inches. German.

Score for Voice and/or Instruments, Ger.