Fernando Sor

Biography

Born: February 14, 1778; Barcelona, Spain   Died: July 10, 1839; Paris, France  
Spanish composer Fernando Sor (originally Sors), despite having composed prolifically for various vocal and instrumental ensembles, is remembered today chiefly as a virtuoso guitarist whose hundred-plus compositions for that instrument constitute a vital part of its concert repertory. While the exact date of Sor's birth remains unknown, he is known to have been born in Barcelona and baptized on Valentine's Day in the year 1778. Of Catalan Read more ancestry, Sor attended the choir school at Montserrat monastery and later enrolled in Barcelona's military academy. After the production of his opera Telemaco nell'isola de Calipso in 1797 he moved to Madrid, where he served in a number of minor administrative positions and continued to compose privately. During the French invasion of 1808 Sor's military background and patriotism roused him to fight against the invaders, though by 1810 he had resigned himself to the presence of the new regime; when the French withdrew three years later Sor opted, along with countless other Spanish artists and intellectuals, to return to Paris with them.

After two years of teaching guitar and performing in various Parisian venues, Sor moved to London and remained there for eight years (1815-1823). Many of his works were published there, and his thirty-three Italian vocal ariettas (published in groups of three) made a particularly strong impact. Sor also gained fame after directing his energies toward the ballet; Cendrillon (1822) achieved the most favorable critical and public response and was successfully transplanted to Paris in 1822. When the Bolshoi theater in Moscow showed an interest in the work for the 1823 season, Sor accompanied the lead dancers to Moscow. He limited his compositional activities to music for the guitar while staying in Russia, and by the time he returned to Paris in 1826 he had several works for the instrument ready for publication and had completed much of the work on a Méthode pour la guitare, eventually published in Paris in 1830. Except for occasional trips abroad, such as a journey to London in 1828 to oversee production of a new ballet, Hassan et le calife, Sor remained in Paris, composing and teaching guitar, until his death in 1839.

Much of Sor's music that has survived (two symphonies, three string quartets and any number of smaller pieces have been lost since his death) has been abandoned by performers, but his music for the guitar lives on. Much of his reputation is based on the continued use of his Méthode by teachers and students of classical guitar. Sor's musical style derives largely from an awareness of the late eighteenth century German masters (in particular Haydn); his guitar music, with its independent voices and occasionally contrapuntal textures, shows a tendency to move away from the largely chordal textures that had been common up to that point. Read less
Fernando Sor: Complete Studies For Guitar
Release Date: 09/30/2014   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94791   Number of Discs: 3
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Romantic Guitar Duets - Sor, Etc / Pieters, Dumortier
Release Date: 03/01/2005   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 92452   Number of Discs: 2
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Sor, Coste: Guitar Duets / Maccari, Pugliese
Release Date: 10/13/2009   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 93898   Number of Discs: 2
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Sor: Complete Fantasies For Guitar / Stefano Palamidessi
Release Date: 05/31/2011   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 93960   Number of Discs: 3
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Sor: 20 Studies for Guitar / Cristiano Porqueddu
Release Date: 05/29/2012   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 9205   Number of Discs: 1
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Fernando Sor


MOST POPULAR WORKS
II. Cantabile
III. Theme et variations
WORKS
No. 1. Marsch der Preister (Act II)
No. 2. Seiduns zum zweiten Mal wilkommen (Act II)
No. 3. Bewahret euch vor Weibertucken (Act II)
No. 4. Das klinget so herrlich (Act I)
No. 5. Konnte jeder brave Mann (Act I)
No. 6. O Isis und Osiris! (Act II)
No. 1. Andante
No. 2. Allegretto
No. 3. Cantabile
No. 4. Mazurka
No. 5. Andante
No. 6. Valse
I. Valse
II. Allegretto
III. Valse
IV. Allegretto
V. Andante
VI. Andante
VII. Valse
VIII. Allemande
IX. Minuetto
X. Valse
I. Andante Moderato
II. Valse
No. 1. Andante
No. 2. Allegretto
No. 3. Larghetto
No. 4. Andante
No. 5. Theme and Variations
No. 6. Marcia
No. 1. Tempo di minuetto
No. 2. Waltz
No. 3. Andantino
No. 4. Tempo di minuetto
No. 5. Waltz
No. 6. Siciliana
II. Cantabile
III. Theme et variations
I. Andante - March
II. Allegretto
I. Andantino cantabile
II. Mouvement de Polonaise
No. 1. Andante -
No. 1. Allegretto
No. 2. Andante -
No. 2. Allegretto
No. 3. Andante, Theme and Variations - Mouvement de Valse
Study No. 13 in C major
Study No. 14 in D minor
Study No. 15 in A major
Study No. 16 in D minor
Study No. 17 in D major
Study No. 18 in E minor
Study No. 19 in C major
Study No. 20 in A major
Study No. 21 in A major
Study No. 22 in E minor
Study No. 23 in E major
Study No. 24 in E major
No. 1 in C major
No. 2 in C major
No. 3 in C major
No. 4 in C minor
No. 5 in A minor
No. 6 in C major
No. 7 in C major
No. 8 in C major
No. 9 in C major
No. 10 in C major
No. 11 in G major
No. 12 in G major
No. 13 in C major
No. 14 in E minor
No. 15 in E major
No. 16 in G major
No. 17 in C major
No. 18 in A minor
No. 19 in G major
No. 20 in E minor
No. 21 in C major
No. 22 in E minor
No. 23 in A major
No. 24 in D minor
No. 25 in D major
No. 13 in B Major: Andante lento
No. 14 in F Major: Andante moderato
No. 15 in A Major: Andantino
No. 16 in A Major: Lento assai
No. 17 in C Major: Allegro moderato
No. 18 in E Minor: Andante
No. 19 in E Major: Andante
No. 20 in D Major: Moderato
No. 21 in D Major: Lento
No. 22 in E-Flat Major
No. 23 in G Major: Allegretto
No. 24 in E Minor: Andante
Study No. 1 in C Major: Andante
Study No. 2 in A Minor: Andante
Study No. 3 in D Major: Allegretto moderato
Study No. 4 in B Minor: Andante
Study No. 5 in G Major: Andantino
Study No. 6 in E Minor: Andante
Study No. 7 in E Major: Andantino
Study No. 8 in A Major: Andante
Study No. 9 in C Major: Allegretto
Study No. 10 in D Major: Cantabile
Study No. 11 in F Major: Moderato
Study No. 12 in D Minor: Andante
Study No. 13 in C Major: Andante
Study No. 14 in G Major: Andantino
Study No. 15 in B Minor: Allegretto
Study No. 16 in D Minor: Moderato
Study No. 17 in C Major: Andantino
Study No. 18 in B Minor: Moderato
Study No. 19 in A Major: Andante
Study No. 20 in A Minor: Andante allegro
Study No. 21 in F Major: Andantino cantabile
Study No. 22 in B-Flat Major: Tempo di marcia. Moderato
Study No. 23 in E Major, "Mouvement de priere religieuse"
Study No. 24 in E Major: Allegretto moderato
No. 1 in D major
No. 2 in A major
No. 3 in E major
No. 4 in G major
No. 5 in C major
No. 6 in A major
No. 7 in D major
No. 8 in C major
No. 9 in D minor
No. 10 in C major
No. 11 in E major
No. 12 in A major
I. Introduction: Andante moderato
II. Theme and Variations
III. Allegretto
Introduction
Theme, Variations and Mazurka
I. Andante Largo
II. Theme and Variations
I. Introduction: Larghetto Cantabile
II. Theme avec variations
Introduction, Theme and Variations
Allegretto
Introduction: Andante largo
Andante
Mouvement de valse
I. Andantino
II. Appel - Danse: Allegretto - Priere
I. Andantino
II. Valse
I. Introduction: Andante largo - Theme and Variations
II. Allegro
No. 1. Cantabile
No. 2. Valse
No. 3. Andantino
No. 4. Valse
No. 5. Moderato
No. 6. Valse
No. 1. Andante
No. 2. Allegretto
No. 3. Andante
No. 4. Allegretto
No. 5. Cantabile
No. 6. Valse
No. 1. Menuet
No. 2. Valse
No. 3. Menuet
No. 4. Allegro
No. 5. Andante largo
No. 6. -
No. 1. Andantino
No. 2. Allegretto
No. 3. Theme and Variations
No. 4. Valse
No. 5. Andante
No. 6. Valse
No. 1. Marche
No. 2. Valse
No. 3. Menuet avec variations
No. 4. Valse
No. 5. -
No. 6. Rondeau
No. 1. Menuet: Andantino lento
No. 2. Menuet
No. 3. Allegretto
No. 4. Menuet: Andante
No. 5. Menuet: Andante
No. 6. Menuet: Andante
No. 7. Allegretto
No. 8. Menuet: Andante
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Minuetto: Allegro
IV. Rondo: Allegretto
I. Andante largo
II. Allegro non troppo
III. Theme and Variations: Andantino grazioso
IV. Minuetto: Allegro
No. 1 in C major
No. 2 in C major
No. 3 in C major
No. 4 in C major
No. 5 in C major
No. 6 in G major
No. 7 in G major
No. 8 in G major
No. 9 in G major
No. 10 in G major
No. 11 in E minor
No. 12 in E minor
No. 13 in G major
No. 14 in D major
No. 15 in D major
No. 16 in D major
No. 17 in D minor
No. 18 in D major
No. 19 in D major
No. 20 in A major
No. 21 in A major
No. 22 in A minor
No. 23 in A minor
No. 24 in A major
Valse No. 1
Valse No. 2
Valse No. 3
Valse No. 4
Valse No. 5
Valse No. 6
Galop
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