Fernando Sor – Fantaisie élégiaque op. 59 for solo guitar


This is a digital download (pdf).

Sor’s op. 59, the Fantaisie Élégiaque à la mort de Madame Beslay, née Levavasseur, is a threnody, a lamentation on a death, a work of unrelieved grief. In one sense it is specific, in that the title-page tells us the name of the person on whose death it was composed. In another sense it is personal, for the composer himself had not long to live. And in a final sense, it can be regarded as an eloquent reflection on death as part of the human condition. It was first published, and probably composed, in Paris in about 1835.


This edition comes from the new 2020 second edition of Sor’s New Complete Works for Guitar edited by Brian Jeffery. The Introduction and Index to the entire series can be seen here on this site.