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Fernando Sor's 20 Etudes (Studies) for Classical Guitar (Segovia Edition) - Videos, Sheet Music and Tab

Updated on November 5, 2010

Introduction

This Hub is about a set of 20 beautiful pieces of music written by Fernando Sor in the 19th century. Before I discuss the interesting history of these pieces, let me first show you a video of one of them being performed.

Hopefully this encourages you to continue reading :)

Fernando Sor
Fernando Sor

Who was Fernando Sor?

Fernando Sor (1778-1839) was one of the great guitarists from the Classical era. During his lifetime the guitar experienced its first "Golden Age". The instrument as we now know it was standardized, and there was a tremendous interest in both learning the instrument and watching live virtuoso performances.  Sor was prolific, writing hundreds of pieces.  A classical guitar student today does ask the question "What pieces of Sor's should I learn?", but rather "Given how prolific Sor was, which pieces of his should I try to tackle first?"

Andres Segovia
Andres Segovia

Who was Andres Segovia?

Andres Segovia (1893-1987) was one of the greatest guitarists of the 20th century.  He is of historical importance because after the end of the guitar's first Golden Age (around 1850), interest in the instrument sharply decreased, almost to the point of extinction.  Segovia, more than any other person, is credited with the bringing the instrument back to the concert hall. 

Segovia Selected 20 ...

Segovia wanted to influence how the guitar was taught. As part of this, he selected 20 of Sor's numerous studies (also known as "etudes" and "estudios") for their musical and education value, and created a separate book for them.

I personally own this edition and it has brought me countless hours of joy. Both as a student who could originally barely play any of them, and as a more mature musician who is currently preparing to perform one of them.

If you are not a guitarist but simply want to enjoy listening to these pieces, then I recommend this recording by Eros Roselli, which I own and enjoy myself.

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      Derdriu 6 years ago

      Ari Lamstein: Thank you for the moving tribute to the enduring musical legacy of two of my favorite classical guitarists!

      Voted up, etc.,

      Derdriu

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      John Sarkis 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thanks! I'm a pianist, so I love the piano and also the violin. However, I've always felt that the guitar is just as capable for classical music (Baroque, Romantic, etc) as any other instrument is....

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      GreenMathDr 7 years ago

      Great Hub. Of course as a guitarist I'm partial but it brings back memories.