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“Oh! THAT is how they work! THIS is how they are supposed to sound!”

A guitarist, Robert Bell, after receiving the Tecla edition of the Sor Complete Studies, kindly writes:

Like every student, I have the “20 Studies”, but always found them in the “nice, but just nice”category, and there was something not quite right going on. Going through them (and the Carcassi studies) in the new/old manner was a revelation: “Oh! THAT is how they work! THIS is how they are supposed to sound!”

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The first review of “España de la guerra” is out

The first review of my new book “España de la guerra” is out! in the guitar magazine Il Fronimo of Milan of January 2018. I’m happy to say that the reviewer, Danilo Profumo, liked it, and I’m happy to say that he emphasizes the political and historical context in which the songs existed and in which – as he says – the guitar played its part. He mentions, of course, the role that Fernando Sor played, with his six known songs of this type.





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Many ABRSM exam pieces now available from Tecla as digital downloads

All the Sor pieces and Carcassi etudes, and the Giuliani Sonatina, that are prescribed for the Associated Board (ABRSM) guitar exams at all grades are now available individually, as inexpensive pdfs on the Tecla site. All of them are fully reliable newly made Tecla editions, all authentic, all fully acceptable by the Board. Have a look! Click here to view the list.

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Concert of Gabriella Di Laccio (soprano) and Jamie Akers (guitar) on 18 October 2017

I’m delighted to announce here the forthcoming concert of Gabriella Di Laccio (soprano) and Jamie Akers (guitar) at Burgh House in Hampstead, London, UK, on Wednesday 18 October 2017 at 19.00.

Gabriella will sing some seguidillas by Sor from my edition of Sor’s Seguidillas, and some songs by Giuliani from my editions of the Sei Ariette and Sei Cavatine of Giuliani. I will be there and I will have copies of those Tecla editions with me if anyone would like to see them. It will be an exceptional evening and I really recommend going, if you will be in London on that day.

The Burgh House webpage about the concert is here.

You can get tickets here (or on the door on the night but the hall isn’t very big so it might be advisable to get tickets in advance).

You can hear some splendid extracts from their recent CD of this music here.

Brian Jeffery

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Brian Jeffery’s new book España de la guerra is now available

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Jeffery – España de la guerra

I’m happy to say that my new book: España de la guerra: the Spanish political and military songs of the war in Spain 1808 to 1814 (that is the so-called “Guerra de la Independencia”) is now available.
I have recorded a video in which I speak about the new book.

Fernando Sor is the principal known composer of those songs.

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Sor’s Sixteen Easiest Pieces now available from Tecla as digital downloads

Recently (on 4 July 2017) we put our first new digital downloads onto the new Tecla website.

I’ve started with the book Sixteen Easiest Pieces by Sor, which I compiled especially for beginners when I was living on Central Park West in NY in the 1970s and published it there with the title Easy Studies, but here it is newly engraved with the more exact title of The Sixteen Easiest Pieces. It is very good for beginners. On our page for this book you can see and hear Rob MacKillop playing all sixteen pieces in videos. And the scores of all sixteen pieces are available either by buying the book (which you can have shipped to you inexpensively anywhere in the world) or by digital download.

Some of them are free.

Five of the pieces in this book are prescribed in the current (2017) syllabus of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and they of course can also be downloaded.

Some of my friends may remember that I (through Tecla) was one of the first ever to offer pdfs as downloads, through my website called Hebe Online, starting in the year 2000 (that’s a long time ago). It was called Hebe because Hebe was the cupbearer for the gods and brought them nectar and ambrosia. I closed Hebe a few years later mainly because of IT-related factors.

But now here is the new Hebe! Now it is again possible to download pdfs from Tecla, this time with advanced technology, no longer having to rely on manual processing but everything up in the cloud. You can see them as nectar and ambrosia, if you like.

Brian Jeffery