Josep Ferran Sorts i Muntades (baptized 14 February 1778 – died 10 July 1839) was a Spanish classical guitarist and composer. While he is best known for his guitar compositions, he also composed music for a wide range of genres, including opera, orchestra, string quartet, piano, voice, and ballet. His ballet score Cendrillon (Cinderella) received over one hundred performances. Sor's works for guit... morear range from pieces for beginning players to advanced players such as Variations on a Theme of Mozart. Sor's contemporaries considered him to be the best guitarist in the world, and his works for guitar have been widely played and reprinted since his death. Although modern classical guitar players usually do, Sor rarely used his annular finger or nails when playing.
As Sor's works were published in various countries, his name was translated, leading to variations in the spelling. Variations have included Joseph Fernando Macari Sors, Fernando Sor, Ferran Sor, Ferdinand Sor, and Ferdinando Sor.
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^ Tracie Ratiner, ed. (2005). Encyclopedia of World Biography 25 (2nd ed.). Detroit: Gale. pp. 394–396.
^ Sor, Fernando. Merrick, A., ed. Method for the Spanish Guitar. New York: Da Capo Press.
^ Carme Morell i Montadi (1995). El teatre de Serafí Pitarra. L'Abadia de Montserrat.
^ Fernando Sor: Composer and Guitarist by Brian Jeffery
^ Baltasar Saldoni (1856). Reseña histórica de la escolanía ó colegio de música de la Vírgen de Montserrát. Imprenta de Repullés.
^ F. J. Fétis (1810). Revue musicale.
^ Recensionen: Guitarre-Schule von Ferdinand Sor. Breitkopf und Härtel. 1810.
^ "Cover of Sor's Op. 9 Mozart-Variations".