Fernando Sor – Minuet and Waltz for guitar op. 8 nos. 1 and 2

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These are the first two pieces in the set of Six Divertimentos which Sor published in London in about 1818-19.

Keep the bass very clearly articulated in the minuet. At bar 7 of the minuet if you wish you can omit the ornaments and play those upper notes simply as quavers (eighth-notes).

Play the waltz with great lightness and rhythm, with the dance-floor firmly in mind. Many of Sor’s pupils were young ladies who would have been very well used to dancing, especially the waltz at that time.

The complete set of Sor’s Six Divertimentos op. 8 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.