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
Guitar Collection - Sor, Aguado, Tárrega / Norbert Kraft
Release Date: 03/21/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553007   Number of Discs: 1
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Sor: Guitar Duets Vol 1 / Kubica, Berkel
Release Date: 12/12/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553302   Number of Discs: 1
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Sor: Morceau De Concert, Etc / Adam Holzman
Release Date: 11/19/1996   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553450   Number of Discs: 1
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Guitar Collection - Sor: Trois Pièces, Etc / Marc Teicholz
Release Date: 05/26/1998   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553722   Number of Discs: 1
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Guitar Collection - Sor: Guitar Music Op 17-21 / Escarpa
Release Date: 03/23/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554197   Number of Discs: 1
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    Sor: Studies In The Form Of A  Suite  / Paolo Cherici
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 7722 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fernando Sor
    Performer:  Paolo Cherici
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    The Guitar History Of Alirio Diaz
    Label: Tuxedo Music   Catalog: 1064 Release Date: 04/07/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Tarrega,  Antonio Lauro,  Vicente Emilio Sojo,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  Alirio [Classical Guitar] Diaz
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    Cavatina At The Opera / Cavatina Duo
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9448 Release Date: 03/03/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Borne,  Mauro Giuliani,  Fernando Sor,  Francisco Tarrega  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cavatina Duo
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    Nocturne - Romantic Guitar Miniatures / Flávio Apro
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94875 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel Ponce,  Manuel de Falla,  Flávio Apro,  Antonio José  ... 
    Performer:  Flávio Apro
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    Homages: A Musical Dedication / Christoph Denoth
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 404 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Malats,  Luis de Narváez,  Miguel Llobet,  Fernando Sor  ... 
    Performer:  Christoph Denoth
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    Fernando Sor: Complete Studies For Guitar
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94791 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Fernando Sor
    Performer:  Enea Leone
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    Recuerdos
    Label: Alison Smith Music   Catalog: 90550 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Fernando Sor,  Frédéric Chopin,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré  ... 
    Performer:  Alison Smith
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    Memorias: Guitar Music By De Narvaez, De Visee, Schmid, Hagen, Sor
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7398 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert de Visée,  Joachim Bernhard Hagen,  Fernando Sor,  Martin Schmid  ... 
    Performer:  Admir Doci
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    Alhambra: Spanish Guitar Music
    Label: Christophorus   Catalog: 1972 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Regino Sainz de la Maza,  Fernando Sor,  Francisco Tarrega,  Federico Moreno-Torroba  ... 
    Performer:  Tilman Hoppstock
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    Romantic
    Label: La Ma De Guido   Catalog: 2124 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Niccolò Paganini,  Luigi Legnani,  Fernando Sor,  Napoléon Coste  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Viloteau
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    La Voix de l'Emotion II / Montserrat Figueras
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9904 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Bartolomé Cárceres,  Ginés de Morata,  Giovanni Batt. Bovicelli  ... 
    Performer:  Montserrat Figueras
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    Sor: 24 Selected Etudes
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 3050390 Release Date: 04/01/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fernando Sor
    Performer:  Frank Bungarten
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    The Westminster Legacy
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001999302 Release Date: 02/18/2014   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Performer:  Sena Jurinac,  Lucretia West,  Hans Loeffler,  Frederick Guthrie  ... 
    Conductor:  Hermann Scherchen,  Pierre Monteux,  René Leibowitz,  Erich Leinsdorf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Academy Chamber Chorus  ... 
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    Label: Warner Brothers   Catalog: 540778 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arlo Guthrie,  Rolfe Kent,  Vashti Bunyan,  Federico Moreno-Torroba  ... 
    Performer:  Arlo Guthrie,  David Ewart,  Lisa Dondlinger,  John Wittenberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Rolfe Kent
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    The Birth Of Classical Guitar - Sor, Giuliani / Wulfin Lieske
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 872 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fernando Sor,  Mauro Giuliani
    Performer:  Wulfin Lieske
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    Cuatro / Aquarelle Guitar Quartet
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10786 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Ian Krouse,  Isaac Albeniz,  Fernando Sor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aquarelle Guitar Quartet
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    Fernando Sor: Menuets
    Label: Emec (Editorial De Musica Espanola)   Catalog: 69 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fernando Sor
    Performer:  Agustín Maruri
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  • 18.
    Julian Bream - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 546242 Release Date: 10/15/2013   Number of Discs: 42
    Composer:  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Mateo Pérez de Albeniz,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Domenico Cimarosa  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Bream,  Peter Pears,  George Malcolm,  John Williams  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Arnold,  Sir Colin Davis,  André Previn,  David Atherton  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London,  Julian Bream Consort,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Essential Guitar - Giuliani, Scarlatti, Sor, Albeniz, Villa-Lobos
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300542 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Mauro Giuliani,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Fernando Sor,  Luigi Boccherini  ... 
    Performer:  Victor Villadangos,  Guiseppe Feola,  Cristiano Porqueddu,  Frédéric Zigante  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Magnifica Comunità,  Ensemble Ottocento
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    Souvenir De Barcelone: Starlight Hours / Javaloy
    Label: La Ma De Guido   Catalog: 2119 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jaume Bosch,  Francisco Tarrega,  Miguel Llobet,  Emilio Pujol-Villarrubi  ... 
    Performer:  Miguel Javaloy
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    The Essential Julian Bream [2013]
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 374696 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Luigi Boccherini,  Mauro Giuliani  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Bream,  George Malcolm,  John Williams
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  André Previn,  Leo Brouwer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Julian Bream Consort
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    Watercolor
    Label: Dan Hopson   Catalog: 5638174285 Release Date: 09/06/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maximo Diego Pujol,  Baden Powell De Aquino,  Santiago de Murcia,  Francis Cutting  ... 
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  • 23.
    Sor: Works For Solo Guitar / Lawrence Johnson
    Label: Elan Recordings   Catalog: 220444 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fernando Sor
    Performer:  Lawrence Johnson
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    El Circulo Musical: Tarrega, His Disciples & Their Students / Segovia
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7996 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel Ponce,  Francisco Tarrega,  Daniel Fortea,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Miguel Llobet,  Josefina Robledo,  Daniel Fortea,  Bartholomé Calatayud  ... 
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    The Private Collection
    Label: Upbeat Classics   Catalog: 3 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Enrique Granados,  Francisco Tarrega,  Heitor Villa-Lobos  ... 
    Performer:  Carlos Bonell
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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. 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
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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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