John Doan | The Lost Music of Fernando Sor

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The Lost Music of Fernando Sor

by John Doan

This recording features the sensitive artistry of John Doan playing the elegant and disarmingly beautiful music of Fernando Sor ("father of the classical guitar") on the extremely rare three necked 21 string harpolyre from the Romantic era.
Genre: Classical: Classical era
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1. #1 Six Petite Pieces
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2. #2 Six Petite Pieces
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3. #3 Six Petite Pieces
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6. #6 Six Petite Pieces
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7. Marche Funebre
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8. #1 Andante Largo
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9. #2 Andante Cantabile
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10. #3 Andantino
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In 1830 Fernando Sor (1778-1839), beloved as the "Father of the Classical Guitar", composed ten works for the harpolyre - an instrument thought then to be a "Perfected Guitar" at the beginning of the Romantic era. This music has been lost for nearly two centuries until John Doan recently rediscovered a rare original instrument and set out to make this extraordinary recording. In essence, it is guitar music with expanded range, resonance, and effects written by one of the most imaginative guitarists that the instrument has ever known. Each piece is a treasure that captures the elegance of a time in Paris when Sor's gift for lyric and expressive melodies was quite strong. This magical performance will take the listener into a forgotten world that has remained lost with the harpolyre until now.

Bio: Emmy-Nominee, John Doan is a recording artist and concert performer as well as a professor of music at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. He is recognized as one of the world's leading harp guitarists and perhaps the only master of the very rare harpolyre. His classical guitar studies include a guitar performance degree from California State University at Northridge along with numerous master classes with renowned artists such as Oscar Ghiglia, Michael Lorimer, and Alirio Diaz and lute studies with Toyohiko Satoh, Paul O'Dette, Frank Eyler (Paris, France) and Catherine Liddell.


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Greg Miner

The uniqueness and importance of this project cannot be overestimated. The vast legions of classical guitar music fans and scholars - especially all students of the music of Sor - should be lining up outside John Doan\'s door to thank him! A thirty-year goal of music professor Doan was realized when he finally succeeded in tracking down and restoring a playable instrument from c.1830. He was already familiar with the score, having analyzed it for nearly three decades (it was John who provided the first accurate string pitch information for the listing on The third ingredient necessary to accomplish the project was that John was conveniently the best-suited musician - a \"normal\" 6-string classical guitarist might have found it extremely difficult to play the three banks of strings. Who better suited than the only performer alive who was first classically trained and then perfected the modern steel-string, sub-bass and super-treble-fitted, 20-string harp guitar!