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Manuel Ponce's Sonata Romantica for Classical Guitar - Free Videos and Sheet Music
In 1929 Mauel Ponce (1882-1948) created one of the greatest works in the classical guitar repertoire: his Sonata Romantica.
The story is that the guitarist Andres Segovia asked him to compose a piece for the guitar which was in the style of the Romantic Period. The piece is deciated to Andres Segovia and its subtitle is Hommage a Franz Schubert. Schubert was a leading composer during the Romantic 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.
Here are the first and fourth movements, which are my favorites. They are being performed by David Hawkins at the University of Southern Mississippi in April 2009.
Ponce's Sonata Romantica Movement I
Ponce's Sonata Romantica Movement IV
My favorite recording of this piece is my Jason Vieaux. He recorded not only this piece, but all of Ponce's other guitar sonatas. And they are all on one CD!