Me arrancaré esos galones

There is a new article by me about Sor in the current issue of Soundboard, for the 240th anniversary of Sor’s birth in 1778. Among other things I mention the astonishing recent discovery of his words as he left Barcelona in 1812: “Al llegar a Francia, me arrancaré esos galones, y tomaré de nuevo mi guitarra, y ella me hará la vida á mi y a mi familia” (‘When I arrive in France I will take off these epaulettes [of comisario de policía], I will take up my guitar and with it I shall make a life for me and for my family’). And that is exactly what he did.

Brian Jeffery