Brian Jeffery’s home page
Dr. Brian Jeffery took a First in Modern Languages from Christ Church, Oxford, and a doctorate from St. Andrews, as well as a further degree in musicology from Oxford. He taught at St. Andrews and at UC Berkeley. As well as specializing in Renaissance literature and thought, he concentrates on textual analysis of early sources and the production of modern editions. In 1997 he held the Curtis Mayes Orpheus Chair in Musicology at Florida State University, Tallahassee.
He is the director of Tecla Editions, the author of the book Fernando Sor, Composer and Guitarist, and has published a new and re-engraved eleven-volume edition of the New Complete Works for Guitar of Sor and very many authoritative editions of music. In 2017 he published a new book, España de la guerra: the Spanish political and military songs of the war in Spain 1808 to 1814, which catalogues and describes for the first time the anti-French songs of that period and their musical scores, and discusses their political significance.
The following introductions, prefaces and articles, many of them long and detailed, may be read on this site under the titles concerned:
The complete introduction to Aguado: New Guitar Method.
The complete preface to Aguado: Variations on the Fandango, op. 16
The complete introduction to Beethoven: The 32 Piano Sonatas in high-quality facsimiles.
An article: Why, exactly, this Tecla edition of Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas may be useful to pianists, under Beethoven: The 32 Piano Sonatas.
An article: Jaime Bosch (1826-1895) and the guitar in Paris at the end of the 19th century, under Jaime (Jacques) Bosch: Works for Guitar.
The complete preface to Luigi Brambilla: V ArietteItaliane e Duettino, op. 5.
The complete introduction to Carcassi: 25 Etudes for Guitar, op. 60.
Carcassi: detailed biography.
The complete preface to Onorato Costa: Souvenir d’Orient ou Fantaisie Brillante for flute and guitar, op.12.
The complete preface to Coste: La Source du Lyson, op. 47, for solo guitar.
The complete introduction to English Romantic Songs and Ballads for voice and guitar
The complete introduction to Giuliani: The Complete Studies for guitar.
Giuliani: short biography.
The complete introduction to Giuliani: The Complete Works.
The complete introduction to Giuliani: Guitar Concerto in A,op. 30.
An article for a magazine onFrancesco Molino’s Three Trios op. 4for guitar, flute and viola.
The complete introduction to Francesco Molino: Grand Trio Concertant, op. 30.
The complete introduction to Moretti: Doce Canciones for voice and guitar (or piano).
The complete introduction to Songs for Voice and Guitar, a selection of 19th century songs with guitar from many countries.
Sor: short biography.
Sor the teacher, and the Enlightenment.
The preface to Sor: Appel des nègres auxfrançais.
The complete introduction to Sor: The Complete Italian Arietts etc.
The complete introduction to Sor: The Complete Studies, Lessons, and Exercises for guitar.
The complete preface to Sor: Method for the Spanish Guitar.
The complete introduction to Sor: The New Complete Works for Guitar Solo and Guitar Duet in eleven volumes
The complete introduction to Sor: Seguidillas.
Sor: Seguidillas. Are they dance music?
The complete introduction to Sor: Seguidillas Book 2.
Sor: Seguidillas Book 2. First US performance, November 1999.
The complete preface to Sor: Variations on a Scottish Theme, op. 40
Fernando Sor, Composer and Guitarist by Brian Jeffery: extract from Chapter 1, on the seguidillas
Fernando Sor, Composer and Guitarist by Brian Jeffery: extract from Chapter 3, on Sor’s concerts inLondon
Fernando Sor, Composer and Guitarist by Brian Jeffery: extract from Chapter 5, on the visit to Sor of Eusebio Font y Moresco
An article written for the EGTA Journal: “The terminology of: studio, esercizio, étude, lesson, etc, in early 19th century guitar music“.