|The first performance in the US of "Sin duda
que tus ojos", a song by Sor now newly published for the first
time in Seguidillas Book 2.
An e-mail (29 November 1999) from Steven Blier, Director of the New York Festival of Song, published here with his permission.
We did our first semi-performance last night of "Sin
duda" at a cocktail-party/runthrough of the LATIN LOVERS concert.
The piece went over beautifully, and Jamie Bernstein Thomas, who
hosted the party, asked us to include it on the radio broadcast of
concert excerpts in January. (She also co-hosts the radio show with
me.) I let the gathering in on the fact that they were certainly
hearing an American premiere, if not a Twentieth Century premiere as
well, of the trio, and thanked my English guitar-guru benefactor (you)
for directing me to it.
I chose the Peruvian song, "Los tristes," to
end the group of songs with guitar [“Los tristes” comes from Songs
for Voice and Guitar, Tecla
0044]. The singers love it, and each of them takes a verse.
Below--an excerpt from the program notes
Director, New York Festival of Song
PROGRAM NOTES, from the November
30, l999 program of The New York Festival of Song. The concert was at
Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall.
The famous guitar works of
Sor (1778-1839), especially his exercises which form a part of every
classical guitarist’s training, have almost completely eclipsed the
bulk of his musical output. Like many Spanish intellectuals, he had to
flee his native country for political reasons in 1813. His musical
gifts gave him entrée in many countries and he adapted his
style as he went, dispensing Italian ariettas, English songs,
and French ballet music to suit the occasion. But his musical heart
belonged to Spain and especially to the guitar, where his proficiency
and freedom had no equals in his day. The "Seguidillas" were
written early in his life, around the turn of the century. These
youthful pieces were meant for singing, dancing, improvisation, and
carousing--they were party music, not high art. "Las mujeres y
las cuerdas" is one of the best of them, with a wonderful, non-P.C.
lyric. We’re also presenting the American premiere of "Sin duda
que tus ojos," culled from a new collection of Sor duets and
trios [that is Seguidillas Book 2]. For this song, I am greatly
indebted to publisher and scholar Brian Jeffery of Tecla Editions, who
shared it with me before the book was published last month. For any
guitarist or singer, his catalog is a veritable candy-store of
enticements (and--a word to the wise--it’s easily accessed on his
Back to Seguidillas Book 2.
Copyright 2003 by Tecla Editions. Errors and omissions excepted.