"Fernando Sor - A Bibliography of Published Literature and Music" brings together for the first time detailed descriptions of all known published references to the Catalan classical composer and guitarist Fernando Sor. Born in Barcelona in 1778, Sor was descended from a long line of career soldiers. He continued the family tradition, and until 1813, when he was obliged to leave Spain, he combined a military career with composing and performing music. Best known for his guitar compositions, he also composed music for a wide range of genres, including opera, orchestra, string quartet, piano, voice, and ballet. Sor’s contemporaries considered him to be "the most perfect guitarist in the world" (1822). His works, particularly those for guitar, continue to be played and reprinted since his death in 1839.
In this bibliography, the result of many years of musicological research, author Mijndert Jape presents entries from 532 authors, 105 periodicals and 154 publishers. The book is a practical guide, which enables the reader to find his way through the published literature chronologically or with the aid of six indices. The descriptions conform to the International Standard Bibliographic Description for Monographic Publications and [id.] for Printed Music (ISBD-M and ISBD-PM).
Mijndert Jape, originally from the Maastricht region of the Netherlands, now lives in France. He studied the guitar with Hans-Lutz Niessen (pupil of Bruno Henze, Berlin) at the Municipal Conservatory of Maastricht (NL) as well as with the duo Ida Presti - Alexandre Lagoya at the Schola Cantorum, École supérieure de Musique, Paris (F) (Diplôme supérieur, "mention très bien à l'unanimité avec félicitation du jury"). During his studies in Paris he was awarded the "Premier Prix du Concours International de Radio France" (again "à l'unanimité du jury"). He went on to study the lute with Toyohiko Satoh at the Royal Conservatory of Den Haag (The Hague - NL) and developed an interest in musicology. He now devotes his time to the lute and to the musicology of both lute and guitar.
Mijndert Jape wrote several articles (selection) : - The origin of the Dutch national anthem "Wilhelmus" ;The authentic voice-guitar version of the Christmas carol "Stille Nacht" (Silent Night) ; Music and poetry 1600-1650 in the Netherlands ; The authentic music in the Plays of Shakespeare ; Joachim van den Hove, in "The New
Grove Dictionary (...)", vol. viii, ed. 1980.
He published (selection) : Louys de Moy : Le Petit Boucquet, 1631, facsimile edition with a musicological introduction ; Classical Guitar Music In Print, Bibliography (see below for commentary) ; Fernando Sor : Opera Omnia for the Spanish Guitar, vols. v, viii, ix.
Mijndert Jape was a jury member at the European Music Festival for Young People, Neerpelt (B), from 2001- 2012. He has been teaching at the Music Academies of Maasmechelen and Tongeren (B) and in his native region at the Sittard Music School (NL) where he hold also the function of Music Director.
The musicological activities of Mijndert Jape have been appreciated in the international world of the guitar and lute (selection) : "Classical Guitar Music In Print is the best source to consult when seeking guitar music today", John Tanno, in : Guitar Review ; ”(...) the enormous amount of new research (...) undertaken by Thomas Heck, Mijndert Jape”, Peter Danner (...), in : Soundboard (editorial note) ; "Es la famoso catalogación de musica impresa", in : Musica y Edición, Madrid (on Classical Guitar Music In Print) ; "(…) haben sich einen Namen gemacht : (…) Jape, Mijndert, Jeffery, Brian (…)" (translation : who became well reputed [specialising on Sor], Konrad Ragossnig, in : Handbuch der Laute und Gitarre.
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Josep Ferran Sorts i Muntades (baptized 14 February 1778 - died 10 July 1839) was a Spanish classical guitarist and composer. While he is best known for his guitar compositions, he also composed music for a wide range of genres, including opera, orchestra, string quartet, piano, voice, and ballet. His ballet score Cendrillon (Cinderella) received over one hundred performances. Sor's works for guitar range from pieces for beginning players to advanced players such as Variations on a Theme of Mozart . Sor's contemporaries considered him to be the best guitarist in the world, and his works for guitar have been widely played and reprinted since his death. The eighth volume in the Pendragon Press Annotated Reference Tools in Music series, Fernando Sor: A Bibliography of Published Literature and Music is a 135 page compendium comprised of a chronologically organized and presented bibliography. Included are entries on and about Fernando Sor are included from 532 authors, 105 periodicals, and 154 publishers. Six indexes ably provide access to the information organized in. the pages of Fernando Sor: A Bibliography of Published Literature and Music , making it a critically important addition to academic library Musicology reference collections in general, and students of Fernando Sor life and accomplishments in particular.
James A. Cox, Editor-In-Chief
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