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The composer says: In the tradition of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s “Variations à travers les siècles.” Astor Piazzola’s “Histoire du Tango” and Argento’s song cycle “Letters from Composers,” I have taken an historical view of composition for my “Variations on a Theme by Sor.” This new set of variations follows Sor’s little Menuet in c minor op. 24 N° 1 as it makes its epic journey across time and space through the nineteenth century and into the early years of the twentieth century. During its travels, the theme meets and pays its respects to the godfathers of nineteenth century music and as a result is irrevocably transformed.
Variations 12 and 14 from this composition, served as the set-piece for the 2011 GFA International Concert Artists Competition (ICAC).
Mark Delpriora has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Uruguay and Italy. He has been the recipient of grants and awards including the inaugural Andrés Segovia Award from the Manhattan School of Music, the Beards Fund Award, a Cooper Institute of the Arts and Humanities Grant, The Artists International Distinguished Artist Award, a Meet the Composer Grant, and a United Nations Travel Grant. He was twice chosen to perform in the New York Master classes given by Andrés Segovia in 1982 and 1987. Mr. Delpriora has recorded for Koch International Classics, Soundspells, Philips, and CRI and released six CDs on Cantilena with flutist, Laurel Zucker. As a composer, his “Sonata Nº 3” (Gilardino), "Sonata No. 2" and "Elegia" are published by Edizioni Musicali Bèrben and his “Four Images” are published by Guitar Arts Publishing. Editions Orphée had published the composer's Tango Caffé Carciofo, Pocket Sonata and 10 Short Studies in Kaleidoscope and his transcription of the Fugue from Haydn's the Creation (in the style of Fernando Sor.) His work appears in anthologies by Mel Bay (the Contemporary Guitar, ed. Stanley Yates) and Dover (American Folk Songs, ed. David Nadal). Mark Delpriora is currently co-chair of the guitar department at the Manhattan School of Music.
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