Author: REGO, Eusiel
Title: Fernando Sor e as transcrições Opus 19 para violão de Seis árias escolhidas de A flauta mágica de Mozart: uma abordagem estético-analítica
Institution: University of São Paulo
Begun: January 2009
Completed: October 2012
This paper aims at addressing the aesthetic, musical and historical concepts (related to the Enlightenment) that involve the guitar transcriptions “Six Airs Choisis de l’Opéra de Mozart: “Il flauto magico, arrangés pour guitare” Op. 19 by Spanish composer and guitarist Fernando Sor (1778-1839), published between the years 1823 to 1825, in London, and based in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte k620 (The Magic Flute). The transcription’s process undertaken by Fernando Sor required, even for historical purposes (the compositions were created 35 years apart), a change in the concept of instrumental writing. For Sor, it was a question of translating the essence of the musical thought conceived in an operatic way and presenting it under a sonorous concept of an emerging, solo instrument as had been the case of the guitar in the late 18th century and in the first decades of the 19th century. From the instrumental perspective, therefore, elements such as texture, style of accompaniment and the voice leading concept, to name but a few, have undergone conceptual changes, often resulting almost in a new composition and even a different perception of the musical form since, above all, the elements of drama and literature are absent.
Keywords: Fernando Sor, Music Transcription, Classical Guitar, Pseudo-Counterpoint, Die Zauberflöte, Musical Topics, Musical analysis.