Celebrating Fernando Sor, the ‘Beethoven of the guitar’ with Stephen Morrison

Central Library is delighted to welcome back Stephen Morrison, who will perform another excellent programme of classical guitar music in the George Washington Browne Room. This programme is dedicated to the music of Fernando Sor, a 19th  century Spanish guitarist and composer. Sor’s work encompassed various forms, including ballets, waltzes, studies and, perhaps his most famous work, Variations on a Theme of Mozart. Sor was dubbed the ‘Beethoven of the guitar’ by François-Joseph Fétis, a highly influential music critic from the time. The compositions that will feature in this recital will be performed on Stephen’s beautifully restored 19th century guitar.

Stephen was born in Ohio, U.S.A, and has been a resident of Scotland since 1989. After extensive study with the eminent guitar teacher Ray Chester, Stephen taught guitar in various settings in the United States – including the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University and the Levin School of Music in Washington D.C. – before teaching in Fife and now in Edinburgh, where he has lived since 2015. Growing up listening to George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra helped to prompt Stephen’s strong resonance with the music of the 19th century.

Celebrating Fernando Sor: the ‘Beethoven of the guitar’ will take place on Tuesday 24 March, 6.30 – 7.30pm in the George Washington Browne Room at Central Library. To book your free ticket, please contact the Music Library or visit Edinburgh Reads on Eventbrite

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