Fernando Sor – Trois pièces de société op. 33 for solo guitar, as a digital download (pdf)


This is a digital download (pdf).

Sor’s three Pièces de Société op. 33 were published in Paris in 1828. With them a new genre enters Sor’s work, one which he had not used before, and one which, indeed, is still seldom approached by guitarists playing Sor’s music: the Pièce de Société. In Sor’s hands, this is an extended piece in two movements: and here, in op. 33, to the lyricism of the shorter pieces is added the stature of sonatas.

The first is a Moderato cantabile followed by a catchy Allegretto, a kind of rondo; the second an Andante followed by a waltz; and the third breaks new ground in its combination of forms, being a Sicilienne followed by a March with a trio entirely in harmonics. In each of the three pairs it is made very clear that the first movement leads straight into the second, without a break.


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.