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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  • 201.
    The Best Of Classical Guitar Vol 2 / Russel, Aussel, Et Al
    Label: Gha   Catalog: 126038 Release Date: 01/21/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sérgio Assad,  Fernando Sor,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Leo Brouwer  ... 
    Performer:  Sérgio Assad,  Odair Assad,  David Starobin,  Eduardo Isaac  ... 
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    Sor: 24 Exercises, Etc / Steven Novacek
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553341 Release Date: 12/17/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fernando Sor
    Performer:  Steven Novacek
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    Sor: Morceau De Concert, Etc / Adam Holzman
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553450 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fernando Sor
    Performer:  Adam Holzman
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  • 204.
    Guitar Recital / John Williams
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 452173 Release Date: 10/15/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Lauro,  Isaac Albeniz,  Domenico Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  John Williams
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  • 205.
    Musique Espagnole Pour Deux Guitares / Moser, Rahm
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 881 Release Date: 09/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  André Froelicher,  Enrique Granados,  Fernando Sor,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  Fredy Rahm,  Jürg Moser
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  • 206.
    Sor: Six Divertimenti, Etc / Marc Teicholz
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553354 Release Date: 07/09/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fernando Sor
    Performer:  Marc Teicholz
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  • 207.
    Vivaldi, Sor, Tarrega, Sanz, Et Al / Simon Schembri
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 848 Release Date: 07/09/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Joao Pernambuco,  Joaquin Valverde,  Heitor Villa-Lobos  ... 
    Performer:  Hélène Dautry,  Claire Vial,  Christian Briere,  Marie-Laure Sogno  ... 
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  • 208.
    Guitar Recital - Sor, Torroba, Hayashi, Et Al /Ichiro Suzuki
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 413 Release Date: 05/21/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Benjamin Britten,  Hikaru Hayashi  ... 
    Performer:  Ichiro Suzuki
    Conductor:  Hikotaro Yazaki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gunma Symphony Orchestra
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  • 209.
    Sor: Fantaisies, Etudies / Nicholas Goluses
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553342 Release Date: 05/21/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fernando Sor
    Performer:  Nicholas Goluses
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  • 210.
    Sor: Grandes Sonates Opp 22 & 25, Etc / Adam Holzman
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553340 Release Date: 03/26/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fernando Sor
    Performer:  Adam Holzman
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  • 211.
    Blasons Des Fleurs / Elisabeth Mattmann, Claude Chappuis
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 751 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Mauro Giuliani,  Julien-François Zbinden,  Fernando Sor  ... 
    Performer:  Claude Chappuis,  Elisabeth Mattmann
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  • 212.
    Four Centuries Of Guitar Music / Miguel Rubio
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 688 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Scott Joplin,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Miguel Rubio
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  • 213.
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 507 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Enrique Granados,  Gaspar Sanz,  Fernando Sor,  Francisco Tarrega  ... 
    Performer:  Dagoberto Linhares,  Raymond Migy
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  • 214.
    Sor: Guitar Duets Vol 1 / Kubica, Berkel
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553302 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fernando Sor
    Performer:  Robert Kubica,  Wilma Van Berkel
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  • 215.
    Duo De Guitares - Boccherini, Sor, Et Al / Obradovic, Leu
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 533 Release Date: 08/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Gabriel Fauré,  Pierre Yves Petit,  Francis Kleynjans  ... 
    Performer:  Christophe Leu,  Maya Obradovic
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  • 216.
    Shin-ichi Fukuda Plays 19th Century Guitar - Sor, Coste, Etc
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 78950 Release Date: 07/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Kaspar Mertz,  Napoléon Coste,  Dionysio Aguado,  Fernando Sor
    Performer:  Shin-ichi Fukuda
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  • 217.
    Romantic Guitar - Sor, Coste, Regondi / David Starobin
    Label: Gha   Catalog: 126022 Release Date: 04/16/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giulio Regondi,  Fernando Sor,  Napoléon Coste
    Performer:  David Starobin
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  • 218.
    Guitar Collection - Sor, Aguado, Tárrega / Norbert Kraft
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553007 Release Date: 03/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Tarrega,  Fernando Sor,  Dionysio Aguado
    Performer:  Norbert Kraft
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  • 219.
    Los Romeros - Spanish Guitar Favorites
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 442781 Release Date: 03/03/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jerónimo Giménez,  Luigi Boccherini,  Celedonio Romero,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Celin Romero,  Wilhelm Hellweg,  Angelita Romero,  Celino Romero  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Romeros
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  • 220.
    Popular Guitar Music / Diego Blanco
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 133 Release Date: 09/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vicente Emilio Sojo,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Antonio Lauro,  Fernando Sor
    Performer:  Diego Blanco
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  • 221.
    Andres Segovia - The Complete 1949 London Recordings
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1043 Release Date: 09/13/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Manuel Ponce,  Jorge Gomez Crespo  ... 
    Performer:  Andrés Segovia
    Conductor:  Alec Sherman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Orchestra
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  • 222.
    Schubert: Lieder With Lute Accompaniment / Högman, Lindberg
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 293 Release Date: 03/25/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mauro Giuliani,  Franz Schubert,  Louis Spohr,  Carl Maria von Weber  ... 
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  • 223.
    Sor: Fantasies / Luis Orlandini
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999199 Release Date: 02/01/1994   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Fernando Sor
    Performer:  Luis Orlandini
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  • 224.
    Christopher Parkening - The Great Recordings
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54905 Release Date: 09/14/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Joseph Brackett,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Parkening,  David Brandon
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    A Song From The East / David Starobin
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9004 Release Date: 09/11/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sándor Jemnitz,  Alex Ivanov-Kramskoi,  György Kurtág,  Rezsö Sugár  ... 
    Performer:  David Starobin,  Benjamin Hudson,  Kim Kashkashian,  Susan Palma  ... 
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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
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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