Fernando Sor: Introduction et variations sur l’Air: Que ne suis-je la fougère! Op. 26


The music of Fernando Sor (Barcelona, 1778–París, 1839) resonates with universal and cosmopolitan aspects of the Spanish guitar: Viennese classical style elegance in forms, beautiful Italian operatic simplicity and Germanic romantic lyricism in expression. These are all absorbed and reflected in Parisian dynamism as Sor made the guitar capable of transcending national and cultural barriers.

Les Tendres Souhaits (The Tender Wishes) is a sentimental poem by Charles-Henri Ribouté (1708–1740) in which a man longs to see again a woman he loves. It is unknown who set this poem to music for the first time, however, it is usually attributed to either the Italian castrato singer and composer Antoine Albanèse (Egidio Giuseppe Antonio Albanese) or the Italian composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi under the title of ‘Que ne suis-je la fougère (Why am I not the fern)’, which is the first verse of the poem.


Fernando Sor

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