Variations on a Theme by Sor

Composer
Year of composition
2005
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
6 minutes
Genre
Classical music
Instrumentation
Solo instrument (Classical Guitar [notation])
Instrumental parts
Not available
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These variations are based on the famous B Minor study by Fernando Sor (Op. 35, No.22; Segovia No. 5). The haunting melody has been begging me for years to be in tremolo ("Sor-ega") and that was the impetus to do these variations (and to move to E minor). The second variation, in E major ("Sor-cassi"), reveals the sunny side of this melody. I imagine it is a ’lost’ study by Carcassi (Op. 60, No. 26!)The last variation, "Sor-os" considers what may have happened if Sor met Villa-Lobos.

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