Date of Award

Spring 2023

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


School of Music

First Advisor

Christopher Berg


Fernando Sor provides directions for fingering his Introduction and Variations on “O Cara Armonia” in the specific beaming and notation of the work. Although there are numerous publications of Sor’s Op. 9, most fail to provide elegant fingerings for his difficult passages. In these editions, the editor either failed to understand Sor’s intentions rendered in the notation, or disregarded Sor’s technical practices in favor of modern technical practices. Both avenues will lead to a disastrous reproduction of the work. While the piece may offer a challenge for the guitarist, the technical difficulties of Sor’s Op. 9 should not be readily apparent to the audience. This document will provide a comprehensive guide to Sor’s idiomatic intentions for the piece.


© 2023, Luke James Nolan

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