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During the early nineteenth-century, the writing for classical-guitar elevated the instrument to
the solo concert stage. The appearance of the six-string guitar changed guitar writing.1 With this new
instrument, guitarists had an array of new possibilities to explore in terms of sound and technique.
Fernando Sor (1778-1839) and Dionisio Aguado (1784-1849) were the main artists promoting and
advocating the six-string guitar as a serious concert instrument in Spain.2
This document will focus on two guitar masterworks: Fernando Sor's Grand Solo Op.14 and
Dionisio Aguado's Rondo Op2. N3. It will explain why Grand Solo Op.14 and Rondo Op2. N3 can
synthesize the style and guitar writing of the Classical Movement in Spain. Grand Solo Op.14 was
written in sonata form and Rondo Op2. N3 in rondo form; both forms were typical musical structures
used in the Classical period. This study presents two musical examples which can depict and represent
the guitar sonority which defined the Classical era.
The outline of this qualitative research will be divided in four parts: the relevance and weight of
these pieces in the guitar repertoire; the biographies of Sor and Aguado; a brief definition of Classicism
to ensure the Grand Solo Op.14 and Rondo Op2. N3 contain musical features in the Classical style; and
finally a conclusion addressing these masterworks as two essential references for the study of the
The primary objective for investigating the value of these two ambitious works, is to benefit
historians and musicologists who do not have prior knowledge of guitar history and literature. This research concerning two guitar masterworks in nineteenth century Spain, will be an indispensable
resource for historians, musicologists, and other musicians to better understand the historical process of
the guitar, its technique, repertoire, and exponents.
Dionisio; guitar; history; method; sonata; Spanish
History | Music | Theatre and Performance Studies
Maia Nogueira, Hugo, "Grand Solo Op.14 & Rondo Op2. N3: The Sonority of the Classical Era" (2017). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 3007.