OK, enough analysis. Now let's put theory into practice. Below is a reharmonization of the well known Study No. 2 from Op. 6 by Fernando Sor. This is the little study in A major that many of us know as Study No. 3 in the Segovia collection of Twenty Studies by Sor. It made an excellent exercise for myself in trying to preserve the original quality of the study while incorporating more contemporary harmonic language. It's kind of like thinking about what Sor would do if he lived a bit longer. I hope you enjoy it. I find it enjoyable to play and at an intermediate difficulty level. I included a recording for reference and of course the fingering is suggested only.

Listen: Homage_to_Fernando_Sor.mp3


If you are interested, I just completed a set of three reharmonized Sor Studies for purchase on my Buy page.


May 27, 2014 @02:51 pm
Tony Hyman
As far as what Sor would have ;thought; I believe we should look at his musical philosophy ,which most musicians ought to have ,the reason why we do it in the first instance. I assume Sor means what he says here regarding creativity to extend to all his works .To me he sees music as "fun"according to his methodology which he does not deem as binding on other opinions or schools of thought.He explains: "An amateur is he who takes up the study of an instrument as a relaxation from his service occupation.He therefore has learned other things, he must have reasoned, his education has initiated him in the elements of the sciences of which the knowledge was indispensable to him; he should love reason and prefere it to authorities. He ought to comprehend me better than he who has employed his whole time in studying music; Regarding interpretation he continues ;.. the same notes may express a great number of different things , and that the object may change place but not the form..although notists make differences in the way of considering them,unless it be difficult with which the imagination is laden , in order to convert the mind into a machine;Unquote Segovia despite whatever impressions(negative or positive) people may have regarding his musical approach regarding the guitar also states that it is for "enjoyment" .People in general turn to the guitar ..because no other instrument available to all offers an easier background of harmony to accompany folf or popular music. Anyone without training can pick a tune on it. And besides it weighs little. .Still , it would be unfair to limit the beauty of this instrument to mere accompaniment of folf song and dances; What Im seeing here is not a dogmatic binding set of laws laid down by the repected Maestros but rather on occationu an abuse of the original composer's intentions by current elitist or esoterics, who for self- interest reasons(not all mind),deny the beauty of the Masters to the other geners like jazz for instance. I believe Sor would have loved what you have done here , brining the Romantic to the Contempory. with respect(Hayden and other periods prior to him, but adapted their music to his time. I love the way you have given the piece a "now feel" with a few challeging alternatives in harmony ,use of maj 7 in the lead in. and the a key change to D as I see it in Bar 2 and then I must compliment you on what I see as "Lloberismm"(some odd reason) in the second section ,with the use of open string campanellas .I am sure he to would be just as pleased. .A job well done! Tony

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