Fernando Sor


A Bibliography of Published Literature and Music

Mijndert Jape

May 7, 2014

135 pp.

2 illustrations

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“Fernando Sor – A Bibliography of Published Literature and Music” brings together for the first time detailed descriptions of all known published references to the Catalan classical composer and guitarist Fernando Sor. Born in Barcelona in 1778, Sor was descended from a long line of career soldiers. He continued the family tradition, and until 1813, when he was obliged to leave Spain, he combined a military career with composing and performing music. Best known for his guitar compositions, he also composed music for a wide range of genres, including opera, orchestra, string quartet, piano, voice, and ballet. SorпїЅs contemporaries considered him to be “the most perfect guitarist in the world” (1822). His works, particularly those for guitar, continue to be played and reprinted since his death in 1839. In this bibliography, the result of many years of musicological research, author Mijndert Jape presents entries from 532 authors, 105 periodicals and 154 publishers. The book is a practical guide, which enables the reader to find his way through the published literature chronologically or with the aid of six indices. The descriptions conform to the International Standard Bibliographic Description for Monographic Publications and [id.] for Printed Music (ISBD-M and ISBD-PM).


Mijndert Jape, originally from the Maastricht region of the Netherlands, now lives in France. He studied the guitar with Hans-Lutz Niessen (pupil of Bruno Henze, Berlin) at the Municipal Conservatory of Maastricht (NL) as well as with the duo Ida Presti – Alexandre Lagoya at the Schola Cantorum, пїЅcole supпїЅrieure de Musique, Paris (F) (DiplпїЅme supпїЅrieur, “mention trпїЅs bien пїЅ l’unanimitпїЅ avec fпїЅlicitation du jury”). During his studies in Paris he was awarded the “Premier Prix du Concours International de Radio France” (again “пїЅ l’unanimitпїЅ du jury”). He went on to study the lute with Toyohiko Satoh at the Royal Conservatory of Den Haag (The Hague – NL) and developed an interest in musicology. He now devotes his time to the lute and to the musicology of both lute and guitar. Mijndert Jape wrote several articles (selection) : – The origin of the Dutch national anthem “Wilhelmus” ;The authentic voice-guitar version of the Christmas carol “Stille Nacht” (Silent Night) ; Music and poetry 1600-1650 in the Netherlands ; The authentic music in the Plays of Shakespeare ; Joachim van den Hove, in “The New Grove Dictionary (…)”, vol. viii, ed. 1980. He published (selection) : Louys de Moy : Le Petit Boucquet, 1631, facsimile edition with a musicological introduction ; Classical Guitar Music In Print, Bibliography (see below for commentary) ; Fernando Sor : Opera Omnia for the Spanish Guitar, vols. v, viii, ix. Mijndert Jape was a jury member at the European Music Festival for Young People, Neerpelt (B), from 2001- 2012. He has been teaching at the Music Academies of Maasmechelen and Tongeren (B) and in his native region at the Sittard Music School (NL) where he hold also the function of Music Director. The musicological activities of Mijndert Jape have been appreciated in the international world of the guitar and lute (selection) : “Classical Guitar Music In Print is the best source to consult when seeking guitar music today”, John Tanno, in : Guitar Review ; пїЅ(…) the enormous amount of new research (…) undertaken by Thomas Heck, Mijndert JapeпїЅ, Peter Danner (…), in : Soundboard (editorial note) ; “Es la famoso catalogaciпїЅn de musica impresa”, in : Musica y EdiciпїЅn, Madrid (on Classical Guitar Music In Print) ; “(пїЅ) haben sich einen Namen gemacht : (пїЅ) Jape, Mijndert, Jeffery, Brian (пїЅ)” (translation : who became well reputed [specialising on Sor], Konrad Ragossnig, in : Handbuch der Laute und Gitarre.