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