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).
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.