HISTORY OF THE MODERN GUITAR SONATA

masterpieces of the solo guitar sonata repertoire from the 20th century to the present

The "Golden Age" of the guitar during the classical/romantic period saw a flourishing of repertoire and increased technical demands on the performer, but the guitar never entered the keyboard-dominated mainstream and failed to attract the pen of the most renowned composers of the age. A difficult instrument to compose for, the guitar remained a niche genre whose composers were mostly accomplished performers themselves.   

Not so in the modern period.  Here we see another flourishing of interest in the instrument, this time from a wide range of international composers who were not guitarists themselves - many inspired by guitar legend Andrés Segovia.  This video series documents the genre of the Sonata - starting with Moreno Torroba (1924) to the most contemporary compositions of the 21st century. 

PART I

Federíco Moreno-Torroba (1891-1982)

Sonatina in A (1924)

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CYRIL SCOTT (1879-1970) 

SONATina (1927)   

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Manuel María Ponce (1882-1948)

SONATA III (1927)

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JOAQUíN TURINA (1882-1949)

SONATA OP. 61 (1931) 

COMING SOON!

COMING SOON!