Manuel Ponce's Sonata Clasica for Classical Guitar - Videos, Sheet Music and Tab
In 1928 Mauel Ponce (1882-1948) created one of the greatest works in the classical guitar repertoire: his Sonata Clasica.
The story is that the guitarist Andres Segovia asked him to compose a piece for the guitar which was in the style of the Classical Period. The piece is deciated to Andres Segovia and its subtitle is Hommage a Fernando Sor . Fernando Sor was a leading composer during the Classical Period.
One thing that I love about this piece is that it is a Sonata in four movements. This is one of the first long, multi-movement pieces for guitar that I ever listened to. When I first discovered it I was struggling with the quesiton of whether the guitar repertoire contained any long, multi-movement pieces at all. (As compared to say, the piano repertoire, which is full of them). I have since discovered countless pieces that are this substantial. But the Ponce Sonatas will always be special to me because they were the first pieces like that that I listened to.
Sonata Clasica: Movement I
The Fourth Movement is also one of my favorites. Here it is, played by the famous Ana Vidovic.
Sonata Clasica: Movement IV
The recording that I own of this piece is by the legendary guitarist Jason Vieaux. Not only does it have Sonata Clasica, but it has all of the Sonatas that Ponce composed! It is a delight to listen to, and I heartily recommend it!