Fernando Sor: Grand Solo, Op. 14
Revised and edited by Eliot Fisk.

12 pp., $9.95, Presser Order number 494-02557 (PWYS-64)

The editor says:

I have always found the editions of the Op. 14 published in Sor’s time to be flawed in one way or other. It is almost as if they were pirated versions published without the composer's direct supervision. Meissonnier’s version is beautiful but simple; Castro’s is more fleshed-out but strangely unidiomatic and at times musically clumsy. I therefore resolved to make my own version to try to achieve in my own small way an effect approaching the grandeur of what Segovia had achieved in his day. You hold in your hands the result, or rather a result as it is very likely that on any given day I may make slight variations in ornamental figures etc. appropriate to the acoustic and venue where I may be performing. We are accustomed to the idea of improvising ornamentation in the baroque style. However, it seems logical that a musician of Sor’s caliber would, like his great contemporary Mozart, have been capable of, and perhaps even likely to, improvise slight variations in figuration from one performance to the next. A comparison of two versions of his Op. 3 with the much more developed piece published as Op. 12 show both the kind of slight emendation of musical detail and the revisiting of an earlier work that I feel might have been typical of Sor.

Photo by George Fisk. Used by permission Eliot Fisk began to study the guitar at the age of 7. At the age of 19 Eliot was introduced to his idol Segovia from whom he attempted to imbibe the guitaristic equivalent of what Dante called il dolce stil novo, i.e. an expressive style of guitar playing, vocally inspired and emanating from the tradition of the great musical romantics of the first half of the 20th century. Segovia later wrote, “I consider Eliot Fisk to be one of the greatest musical artists of our times... his clear and flexible technique, his noble style of interpreting the masterpieces of the past and the colorful music of today put him at the top line of our artistic world.” At Yale from which he graduated summa cum laude in 1976, Eliot Fisk worked with harpsichordists Ralph Kirkpatrick, who became his special mentor, and Albert Fuller, with whom he subsequently recorded a CD devoted to the organ Trio Sonatas of Bach. In addition to this CD, Eliot has recorded nearly 2 dozen other discs for EMI Elektrola, Deutsche Grammophon, Music masters/Musical Heritage Society, Naxos, Arabesque and others. Many of these recordings including numerous first recordings on guitar of works ranging from Bach to Paganini to Berio have entered the Billboard Charts and received rave notices here and abroad. Eliot Fisk has frequently been the subject of features in such publications as The New York Times, The New Yorker, Newsweek and Time magazines and was voted best classical guitarist in the 26th annual Guitar Player Magazine poll. He has published dozens of transcriptions and edited numerous works composed especially for him by composers as Robert Beaser, Luciano Berio, Nicholas Maw, Xavier Montsalvatge, George Rochberg, and Kurt Schwertsik among many others. Since his debut at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York in 1976, he has performed regularly on four continents in solo recital, as soloist with orchestras and as chamber music partner to such distinguished colleagues as Paula Robison, flute; Ruggiero Ricci and Gidon Kremer, violin; soprano Victoria de los Angeles and the Julliard, Shanghai and Miro Quartets. He has also ventured into less traditional collaborations with, among others, flamenco guitarist Paco Peña, Turkish music specialist, Burhan Ocal, vocalist, Ute Lemper, and a newly formed flamenco- based trio with Pepe de Lucia and Manuel Canizares. Eliot Fisk has been a passionate advocate for the cause of music and has performed often in schools, churches, senior centers, prisons and even logging camps in Alaska in an effort to bring art music into unusual venues. In addition to his performing career, Eliot Fisk is professor at the Mozarteum Salzburg, Austria, and at the New England Conservatory in Boston where he makes his principal home with his wife, Zaira, and baby daughter, Raquel Leona. Many of his former students are now established performers and teachers in their own right. Eliot Fisk’s webpage is www.eliotfisk.com

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