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Spanish composer and guitarist Fernando Sor (1778-1839) became known as the "Beethoven of the guitar"--during the "First Golden Age of the Guitar"--for his melodic virtuosity and similar handling in botht he performance on and composition for said instrument.  A versatile composer who also composed in such genres as ballet, opera, solo piano, accompanied vocal works and more, Sor is perhaps best know for the guitar method he left behind, embodied by two groups of etudes that have become essential to the pedagogy of modern guitarists.  he is also recognized as the guitarist who began the continuing work of elevating the guitar to respected worldwide status as a concertizing solo instrument capable of handling the complexities of classical music.  Key works include the Etudes (Op. 6 & 29), the Methode pour la Guitare published in 1830, and his Theme and Variations on Mozart's The Magic Flute, Op. 9.
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Simeon - 12 Jan 2010
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