This volume brings together for the first time detailed descriptions of the published references to this Catalan classical guitarist and composer. Born in Barcelona in 1778, Sor was descended from a long line of career soldiers but was distracted from continuing this tradition when his father introduced him to Italian opera and he fell in love with music. 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. Sor’s contemporaries considered him to be the best guitarist in the world, and his works 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).
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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.
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M. 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, as well as with the duo Ida Presti - Alexandre Lagoya at the Schola Cantorum, École supérieure de Musique, Paris. He studied the lute with Toyohiko Satoh at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (Den Haag's-Gravenhage). He now devotes his time to the lute and to the musicology of both lute and guitar.