Jeff Dwarshuis Performs Fernando Sor’s Variation on a Theme of Mozart

In 1819 Fernando Sor attended the first performance of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” and was inspired to write a major work around a musical theme found near the end of act one. This particular piece purposefully captures every technical demand for the classical guitar known at the time as the theme is repeated through various expressions. The classical guitar at the time was about 4-6 inches shorter than today’s classical guitar thus today’s performer is confronted with considerable demands on the left hand in order to carry out the piece as written. Enjoy.

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