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Let me know if you ever make use of this. Thanks. Donald Sauter.


Short ID:  PLOW3A.
Title:     The Plow That Broke The Plains; Mvmt 3. Cattle.
Composer:  Virgil Thomson.
Source:    Orchestral score.

Tuning:    Capo on 1; guitar part transposed to A.
Time sig:  3/2 and 6/4.

This guitar part for movement 3, "Cattle", is transposed from the 
original key, Bb, to the key of A.  Hopefully, it fits more naturally 
on the guitar.  You will need to play with a capo at the 1st fret, or 
maybe play on a guitar tuned up a half step.

The fingering specified by the tablature may be altered according to your 
own tastes, of course.  To move a note to a lower string, just add 5 frets 
(or 4 frets from the 2nd to 3rd string.)  To move a note to a higher string, 
just subtract 5 frets (or 4 frets from the 3rd to 2nd string.)  

Don't be afraid to eliminate a note in a problem spot.  For example, 

      | | | | | |         | | | | | |         | | | | | |  
    ______________      ______________      ______________
    |_____7___7__|      |_____7___7__|      |_____7___7__|
    |_____8___8__|      |____________|      |_____8___8__|
    |_____7___7__|  to  |_____7___7__|  or  |_0__________|
    |_5__________|      |_5__________|      |____________|
    |____________|      |____________|      |____________|
    |____________|      |____________|      |____________|

Explanation of symbols: 
  [12] = rehearsal number 12, for example.
  z = rest. Fill in to make a solid block.
  . (within the tablature) = endpoint of the note sounding on that string.

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               The Plow That Broke The Plains; Mvmt 3. Cattle.            PLOW3A: Page 1 of 3.
  Capo on 1; guitar part transposed to A.  Leading measures: 1 9 16 23 30.     Virgil Thomson.

 3/2  mf
                                                                                                
  |   | | | | | |  | | | | | |  | | | | | |  | | | | | |  | | | | | |  | | | | | |  | | | | | | 
________________________________________________________________________________________________
____|____________|____________|_____0___0__|____________|_____0___0__|____________|____________|
____|_____2___2__|_____2___2__|_____0___0__|_____2___2__|_____0___0__|_____2___2__|_____3___3__|
__z_|_____2___2__|_____2___2__|_____1___1__|_____2___2__|_____1___1__|_____2___2__|_____4___4__|
____|_____2___2__|_____2___2__|____________|_____2___2__|____________|_____2___2__|_____2___2__|
____|_0__________|_0__________|____________|_0__________|____________|_0__________|____________|
____|____________|____________|_0__________|____________|_0__________|____________|_0__________|


 [9]         piu f
                                                                                                
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________________________________________________________________________________________________
____________|_____5___5__|_____7___7__|_____10___10__|______9____9__|_____5___5__|_____7___7__|_
_____2___2__|_____7___7__|_____8___8__|_____10___10__|_____10___10__|_____7___7__|_____8___8__|_
_____2___2__|_____7___7__|_____7___7__|_____11___11__|______9____9__|_____7___7__|_____7___7__|_
_____2___2__|_0__________|_5__________|_0____________|_7____________|_0__________|_5__________|_
_0__________|____________|____________|______________|______________|____________|____________|_
____________|____________|____________|______________|______________|____________|____________|_


               [10]            mf                                     [11]          p
                                                                                                
 | |  | |  | |  | |  | |  | |  | | | | | |  | | | | | |  | | | | | |  | | | | | |  | | | | | |  
________________________________________________________________________________________________
______9____9__|_____10___10__|____________|____________|_____0___0__|____________|_____0___0__|_
_____10___10__|_____10___10__|_____2___2__|_____2___2__|_____0___0__|_____2___2__|_____0___0__|_
______9____9__|_____11___11__|_____2___2__|_____2___2__|_____1___1__|_____2___2__|_____1___1__|_
_7____________|_0____________|_____2___2__|_____2___2__|____________|_____2___2__|____________|_
______________|______________|_0__________|_0__________|____________|_0__________|____________|_
______________|______________|____________|____________|_0__________|____________|_0__________|_


                          [12]      6/4 pp                                                (solo)
                                                                                                
 | | | | | |  | | | | | |  | | | | | |  | | | | | |  | | | | | |  | | | | | |  | | | | | |  |   
________________________________________________________________________________________________
____________|____________|____________|___________0|____________|___________0|____________|_2___
_____2___2__|_____3___3__|_____2___2__|_____3_____0|_____2_____3|_____3_____0|_____2_____3|_____
_____2___2__|_____1___1__|_____2___2__|_____2___0__|_____0_____2|_____2___0__|_____0_____2|_____
_____2___2__|_____2___2__|_____2___2__|___4________|___2_____4__|___4________|___2_____4__|_0___
_0__________|____________|_0__________|_5__________|_0_____5____|_5__________|_0_____5____|_____
____________|_0__________|____________|_______3____|____________|_______3____|____________|_____


 mf                                          [13]                                    p
 ___            ___ ___          ___                                                            
 | | | | | |  | | | | | | | |  | | | | | | |  | | | | | |  | | | | | |  | | | | | |  | | | | |  
________________________________________________________________________________________________
___0___0_0_0|_5___3_5_3_2____|_2___0___0_0_0|_5_3_0______|___0_3___0_3|___2_5___2_5|_____3______
_____3______|_____________3_3|_______3______|_______3____|_____2_____2|_____3_____3|_____2______
_____2___0_4|_______0_______2|_______2___0_4|_____0_____2|___0_____0__|___2_____2__|___0_____0__
_4__________|___2_______0_4__|_0_4__________|___2___0_4__|_2_____2____|_0_____0____|____________
____________|_0______________|______________|_0__________|_0_____0____|____________|_0_____0____
_______3____|________________|_________3____|____________|____________|____________|____________





  Thomson.  Plow/Cattle.  Leading measures: 36 43 50 56 62.               PLOW3A: Page 2 of 3.

   [14]         pp                                     [15]   cresc.  Flute/oboe...
                                                                        __             __       
 |  | | | | | |  | | | | | |  | | | | | |  | | | | | |  | | | | | |  |.  | | | | |  |.  | | | | 
________________________________________________________________________________________________
_3|_____5_____5|___________0|____________|___________0|____________|_5___5_5______|_5___5_5_____
_2|_____3_____3|_____3_____0|_____2_____3|_____3_____0|_____2_____3|_________5___5|_________5___
__|____________|_____2___0__|_____0_____2|_____2___0__|_____0_____2|___________6__|_____________
__|___4_____4__|___4________|___2_____4__|___4________|___2_____4__|______________|_____________
__|_5_____5____|_5__________|_0_____5____|_5__________|_0_____5____|______________|_____________
__|____________|_______3____|____________|_______3____|____________|______________|_____________


                                3/2 Gtr pp      [16]      6/4 Flute/oboe...
       __             __ ___                                   __             __             __ 
 |  |.  | | | | |  |.  | | | | |  | | | | | |  | | | | | |  |.  | | | | |  |.  | | | | |  |.  | 
________________________________________________________________________________________________
__|_7___7_7_7_5_7|_9___7_9_7_5_.|_____0_._0_.|_____0_._0_.|_4___4_4_4___4|_5___5_5_5___5|_______
_5|______________|______________|_____0_._0_.|_____2_._2_.|___________5__|______________|_3___3_
__|______________|______________|_____1_._1_.|_____2_._2_.|______________|______________|_______
__|______________|______________|____________|____________|______________|______________|_______
__|______________|______________|____________|_0_.________|______________|______________|_______
__|______________|______________|_0_.________|____________|______________|______________|_______


 Fancy Free (tutti)                                       High wide and handsome
   ___         __   ___          __                          __   ___         __   ___          
 | | | | |  |.  | | | | |  |  |.  | | | | |  | | | | | |  |.  | | | | | |  |.  | | | | |  |     
________________________________________________________________________________________________
_____2___5|___________7___10|_5___5_5_7_5__|____________|___________2___5|___________7___10|____
_3_3______|_8___8_8_8_______|_____________7|_7_5_5_5___7|_3___3_3_3______|_8___8_8_8_______|____
__________|_________________|______________|____________|________________|_________________|____
__________|_________________|______________|____________|________________|_________________|____
__________|_________________|______________|____________|________________|_________________|____
__________|_________________|______________|____________|________________|_________________|____


                            Trumpet...
    __       ___                  __             __             __             __ ___           
 |.  | | | | | |  | | | | | |  |.  | | | | |  |.  | | | | |  |.  | | | | |  |.  | | | | | |     
________________________________________________________________________________________________
_5___5_5________|____________|______________|______________|______________|________________|____
_________8_7_5_5|_7_3_3_3____|______________|______________|_0___0_0_0___0|_2___0_2_0______|____
________________|____________|_2___2_2______|_2___2_2______|___________2__|___________2___2|____
________________|___________2|_________2___2|_________2___2|______________|________________|____
________________|____________|___________4__|______________|______________|________________|____
________________|____________|______________|______________|______________|________________|____


 Bassoon/Eng horn...          Strings...                    Bassoon...
    __             __ ___           __             __             __             __ ___         
 |.  | | | | |  |.  | | | | | |  |.  | | | | |  |.  | | | | |  |.  | | | | |  |.  | | | | | |   
________________________________________________________________________________________________
______________|________________|______________|______________|_2___0___0_0_0|_5___3_5_3_2____|__
_0___0_0_0___0|_2___0_2_0______|______________|_____________3|_______3______|_____________3_3|__
___________2__|___________2___2|_1___1_1_1___1|_2___2_2_2____|______________|________________|__
______________|________________|___________2__|______________|______________|________________|__
______________|________________|______________|______________|______________|________________|__
______________|________________|______________|______________|______________|________________|__






  Thomson.  Plow/Cattle.  Leading measures: 68 76.                        PLOW3A: Page 3 of 3.

               [17]      Gtr p                                     [18]                    p
    __                                                                                          
 |.  | | | | |  | | | | | |  | | | | | |  | | | | | |  | | | | | |  | | | | | |            | |  
________________________________________________________________________________________________
_2___0___0_0_0|_5_3________|___________0|____________|___________0|____________|____|____|______
_______3______|_____5_3___.|_____3_____0|_____2_____3|_____3_____0|_____2_____3|____|____|______
______________|____________|_____2___0__|_____0_____2|_____2___0__|_____0_____2|__z_|__z_|___0__
______________|____________|___4________|___2_____4__|___4________|___2_____4__|____|____|______
______________|____________|_5__________|_0_____5____|_5__________|_0_____5____|____|____|_0____
______________|____________|_______3____|____________|_______3____|____________|____|____|______


         [19]                                                rall e dim   3
                                                                        _____     __            
 | | | |  | | | | | |  | | | | | |  | | | | | |  | | | | | |   |  |  |  | | |  |.  |            
________________________________________________________________________________________________
_3_____3|_____2_____2|___________0|____________|___________0|__________________________||_______
_2_____2|_____3_____3|_____3_____0|_____2_____3|_____3_____0|________2_________3___.___||_______
_____0__|___2_____2__|_____2___0__|_____0_____2|_____2___0__|________0______2__2___.___||_______
________|_0_____0____|___4________|___2_____4__|___4________|_____2_______4____4___.___||_______
___0____|____________|_5__________|_0_____5____|_5__________|__0________5______5___.___||_______
________|____________|_______3____|____________|_______3____|__________________________||_______