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Variations on a Scottish theme 'Ye banks and braes o' Bonnie Doon', Op 40
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'Homages – A musical dedication' (SIGCD404)
Homages – A musical dedication
SIGCD404  Download only 27 October 2014 Release  
'Variations, Passacaglias & Chaconnes' (CDH88026)
Variations, Passacaglias & Chaconnes
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDH88026  Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service  
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Track 5 on SIGCD404 [9'04] Download only 27 October 2014 Release
Track 3 on CDH88026 [6'53] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service

Variations on a Scottish theme 'Ye banks and braes o' Bonnie Doon', Op 40
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The lyrics of Ye Banks and Braes o’ Bonnie Doon by Scottish poet Robert Burns were first published in 1792, when Burns was 33 years old. It has remained a popular song, which is strongly connected with Scottish spirit and sentiment. Sor dedicated his Variations to his student, Miss Mary Jane Burdett, who was already accomplished on the piano and was having guitar lessons with him in Paris.

Fernando Sor was a prolific Spanish composer and virtuosic guitarist with a strong love of opera and song; his early education was at the choir school of Montserrat monastery. Although his family background was not artistic but military, his father introduced him to the opera and guitar, both of which absorbed his interest for the rest of his life. Sor maintained his military career, alongside that of a performer and composer, until the Spanish overthrew the Revolutionary French Forces. He was forced to leave Spain forever in 1813 and, thereupon, lived in Paris and in London.

from notes by Thérèse Wassily Saba © 2014

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