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Fernando Sor: Seguidillas

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Twelve songs in Spanish with guitar or piano accompaniment.  The original edition of this music, edited by Brian Jeffery.  64 pages. Re-engraved. With a full introduction explaining what exactly seguidillas are.  The guitar accompaniments are mostly not difficult.  With photographs of two songs from the MSS in which they are found, and a facsimile reprint of Sor’s own article "Le Boléro".

Sor composed these songs in Spain in about the 1790s and 1800s, for voice with guitar accompaniment (some with piano). They take a significant place in the history of Spanish song and of popular song in general.

Mostly love poetry. Some songs have traditional themes, such as the first two: "Cease tormenting me, cruel Memory", and "Happy I live in Love's prisons". Others have their witty side: "Los canónigos, madre" says that canons don't have children, only little nephews and nieces.  Mother, says the singer, I want a canon, so that I can be an aunt... "Las mujeres y cuerdas" tells us: "Women and guitar strings: you need talent to tune them."

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If you're performing the Seguidillas, you really need TWO COPIES, one for the singer and one for the guitarist. Don't fiddle with photocopies: if you like, you can get two copies, one for each of you, at a specially reduced price.  Or consider getting the clothbound.

The twelve songs are as follows. 

  • Cesa de atormentarme (e to f')
  • De amor en las prisiones (f to g')
  • Acuérdate, bien mío (f sharp to g')
  • Prepárame la tumba (g to a'')
  • Cómo ha de resolverse (e to g' sharp)
  • Muchacha, y la vergüenza (e flat to d')
  • Si dices que mis ojos (e to f' sharp)
  • Los canónigos, madre (g to a'')
  • El que quisiera amando (f to g')
  • Si a otro cuando me quieres (f sharp to f' sharp)
  • Las mujeres y cuerdas (g to a'')
  • Mis descuidados ojos (f to f')

Ranges: Most of the songs go up to f, g, or a so they will suit a tenor or soprano, but one, Muchacha y la vergüenza, goes up only to d'.  The exact ranges are indicated above as follows:
a, b, c, and so on up to g: this means from the a four notes below the treble stave, up to the g which is on the second line of the treble stave.
a', b', c', and so on up to g': this means from the a which is on the second space of the treble stave, up to the g which is on the space just above the treble stave.
a'', b'', c'', and so on: this means from the a which is on the line immediately above the treble stave, upwards.

An illustration from Sor's article "Le Boléro", reproduced in full in this edition.
The Introduction, in full.
A substantial passage about Sor's Seguidillas from Fernando Sor, Composer and Guitarist, by Brian Jeffery.
Are the Seguidillas and More Seguidillas to be sung by men or by women?
Are the Seguidillas and More Seguidillas best regarded as dance music or not?
Tips for singers
See a sample song: "Cesa de atormentarme" (pdf, 142k)

First published 1976, reprinted 1990.  ISBN: Paper edition 978-0-906953-01-3, cloth edition 978-0-948607-05-9.

This page gives supplementary information about Sor's Seguidillas.  For the main page for Sor's Seguidillas and for ordering it, click here.

 

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