Fernando Sor – Lesson for guitar op. 31 no. 3

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This lesson by Sor, op. 31 no. 3, begins with a simple melodic line with open basses, then adorns the melodic line with a good many “pull-offs” especially for the series of bars 9 to 12 and then for the faster notes of bar 21.

It comes from Sor’s 24 progressive lessons op. 31 which he published in Paris in 1828, that is to say shortly after he returned to Paris from Russia in 1827. Whereas the pieces in his Twelve studies op. 29 of 1827 had been at professional level, now in this new collection he specifically writes for beginners. Indeed, the title-page of the first edition of op. 31 states that the pieces are for “les Elèves Commençants” (beginning pupils). From now on in Paris he became a professional teacher of the guitar as well as a performer at the highest level.

The complete set of Sor’s 24 progressive lessons op. 31 is available from Tecla Editions at www.tecla.com as part of the new 2019 second edition of Sor’s New Complete Works for Guitar edited by Brian Jeffery. For details about Sor’s music and his biography, please see www.tecla.com.