Fernando Sor (1778-1839)

I wrote what is now the standard biography of Fernando Sor: Fernando Sor, Composer and Guitarist, on which see below. Based on the research which I was able to do when I prepared that book, which included for the first time a detailed bibliography of all Sor’s compositions, I have been able to prepare and to publish many works of his which you will find listed here below. Among them are the New Complete Works for Guitar in eleven volumes, and his Complete Studies, Lessons, and Exercises for guitar. All of these editions are based on a re-examination of the original sources. All of Sor’s original fingering is preserved, for example, which is not the case with some other editions of this music which alter Sor’s original fingering without saying that they are doing so. The editions which are listed here on this page provide you with authenticity.

Brian Jeffery

Fernando Sor life and music, a short biography based on my book Fernando Sor Composer and Guitarist.

TITLES IN TECLA:

Sor: The Complete Studies, Lessons and Exercises for guitar. The standard edition of this music, now in its third printing, used worldwide. Urtext.
Sor: The Sixteen Easiest Pieces for guitar. Ideal for beginners.
Sor: The New Complete Works for Guitar in eleven volumes. Re-engraved edition. 
Sor: Variations on a Scottish air, op. 40.
Sor: Fantaisie elégiaque, op. 59

VOICE
Sor: Seguidillas for voice and guitar or piano
Sor: Seguidillas Book 2 for two and three voices and guitar or piano
Sor: The complete Italian arietts for voice(s) and piano
Sor: Appel des nègres aux français (a song against the slave trade, for bass voice and guitar)
Sor: O crux, ave spes unica (choral)
Mozart/Sor: Three airs from Don Giovanni, arranged with guitar accompaniments by Sor.

BOOKS
Sor: Method for the Spanish guitar
España de la guerra, the Spanish political and military songs of the war in Spain 1808 to 1814, a new book by Brian Jeffery of 2017 about the songs of the war, of which Sor was the principal known composer.

Audio and Video Examples

Rob MacKillop playing pieces 1-4. They are played on a fine modern copy of a Lacote guitar.  From
Sor – The Sixteen Easiest Pieces

Jamie Akers plays Op 29 no 17 from
Sor – The Complete Studies

Gohar Vardanyan has made a video of Sor’s famous study in B minor (op. 35 no. 22) from the Tecla book
Sor – The Complete Studies

Patrik Kleemola has made videos of all 24 of the 24 very easy exercises op. 35 of Sor, on Youtube playing a copy of an early guitar. 
Sor – The Complete Studies

Sor’s “Sin duda que tus ojos”, seguidillas for three voices and guitar. Auditorio Jorge Luis Borges, Biblioteca Nacional, Buenos Aires, 20xx.
In the Tecla book
Sor – Seguidillas Book 2

Kevin R Gallagher from
Sor – The Complete Studies

Kevin R. Gallagher plays op 35 no 22 from
Sor – The Complete Studies

Sor: L’Encouragement Op. 34 (Cantabile), played by the Duo Historico. 
In the Tecla complete guitar duets of Sor, in
Sor – New Complete Works for Guitar, volumes 8 to 11

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