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Sor’s Allegro in the Spanish style, Natalie Houzé, and key dates in European cultural and political history

Brian Jeffery

Soundboard Vol. 48 No. 2 guitarfoundation.org  / https://tecla.com

is article is about Sor’s Allegro “dans le genre espagnol” (“in the Spanish style”), which is the last movement in his guitar duet Fantaisie, op. 54 bis.1 It contains rhythms that appear to be Andalusian, with plenty of hemiola and even with rasgueado notated, and in using that idiom it is unique in Sor’s music for solo guitar or guitar duet. e work was first published in Paris in about 1833, probably performed there in a concert in February 1832 as we shall see, and therefore probably composed in 1831. e question is: why did it appear at that particular moment? I would like to suggest that it may have something to do with the date

Sor’s Allegro in the Spanish style, Natalie Houzé, and key dates in European cultural and political history.

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