This is a Topic with the same objective as the Topic Let’s learn Sor’s Opus 60 together, shall we?
I launched two years ago "encouraged by fellow Forum member Yisrael Van Handel to learn, in a systematic way, all 25 pieces of Sor’s Opus 60, in preparation for some of his other, more demanding, works" and inviting other Forum Members to come along in this quest. Indeed, some of us did so and, in the process, we all learned a lot and surely improved our play. It is now time to move on to "other, more demanding, work". After some considerations that can be read in posts
of the Sor Opus 60 Project, there was a consensus that one should stay with Fernando Sor and learn now, together still, the 24 Studies of his Opus 35.
Indeed, as suggested by Machael Macmeeken in the Chanterelle Edition of Sor's Complete Studies, page 193, Sor's Studies, they can be graded as follows:
From his accessment of the degree of difficulty of each individual piece of all of Sor's Studies, one could extract the grading of the Opus 60 pieces,
as well as those of the Opus 35:
By the number of Elementary
pieces in each Opus, one can see, then, that Opus 35 seems to be a bit more challenging than Opus 60.
Therefore, as before, I'm inviting whomever is learning, or already plays some of the Opus 35 pieces, to share his progress and achievements and to comment on any particular aspect of a given piece she/he is studying or is already familiar with (difficulty, beauty, musical analysis, etc.).
I start the Project, then, by posting the piece #1. The #1 is an Elementary
piece. The learning period, which refers to the dates I started with the piece and the day I considered it to be fully memorized and “in my fingers”, was: 05Nov18 - 13Nov16. The piece has no repeats and the assigned Tempo is Andante
. I looked at the Wikipedia and, today, it implied to play it at 1/4 = 76–108 bpm, but even the upper limit, 108 bpm, seemed to me to be too slow, so I settled on 1/4 = 125 bpm. Comments are welcome.
The record was produced with the Zoom Handy Recorder app on my iPhone, the sound capture being made by an iRig microphone that connects directly to the iPhone. The guitar used was my Kuniharu Nobe #8 (1972), fitted with Knobloch Actives Carbon CX, High Tension strings. The resulting .wav
file was then processed with the Audacity audio editor on Windows 10 to produce the .wma
files below. Apart from cutting and splicing the audio wave file to eliminate some not so well succeeded sections, no special effects were added during the recording and editing sessions.
Sor, Fernando - Opus 35 #1 (V1).mp3
So, the table of posted (TPR) records is the following:
The corresponding Excel file (TPR
) is stored in my Google Drive and any Forum Member can download and use it at any time. By pointing to any particular post, the reader will have available not only the sound or video file but also all the subsequent comments made by other Forum members.
This is what I have for the moment, but I could not end this post without wishing you all a Happy 2019...
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