Fernando Sor

1778 - 1839

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Fernando Sor (baptised 14 February 1778 – 10 July 1839) was a Spanish classical guitarist and composer of the late Classical era and early Romantic era. Best known for writing solo classical guitar music, he also composed an opera (at the age of 19), three symphonies, guitar duos, piano music, songs, a Mass, and at least two successful ballets: Cinderella, which received over one hundred performances, and Hercule et Omphale. Partly because Sor was himself such a classical guitar virtuoso—contemporaries considered him to be the best in the world—he made a point of writing didactic music for players of that instrument of all levels. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Fernando Sor has received more than 529,411 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia. Fernando Sor is the 134th most popular musician (down from 106th in 2019), the 218th most popular biography from Spain (down from 180th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Spanish Musician.

Fernando Sor is most famous for his guitar compositions and his virtuosity on the instrument.

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Among musicians, Fernando Sor ranks 134 out of 3,175Before him are Mike Oldfield, Neil Peart, Fritz Kreisler, Pete Best, Ronnie Wood, and Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber. After him are Buddy Holly, Roger Glover, Arnaut Daniel, Cliff Richard, Nikki Sixx, and Malcolm Young.

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Among people born in 1778, Fernando Sor ranks 11Before him are Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden, José de San Martín, Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Giovanni Battista Belzoni, and Bernardo O'Higgins. After him are Augustin Pyramus de Candolle, Clemens Brentano, Charles Ferdinand, Duke of Berry, Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, Coenraad Jacob Temminck, and Ugo Foscolo. Among people deceased in 1839, Fernando Sor ranks 4Before him are Mahmud II, Frederick VI of Denmark, and Caroline Bonaparte. After him are Friedrich Mohs, Ranjit Singh, William, Duke of Nassau, Princess Marie of Orléans, Pehr Henrik Ling, William Smith, Joseph Fesch, and Milan Obrenović II, Prince of Serbia.

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In Spain

Among people born in Spain, Fernando Sor ranks 218 out of 3,355Before him are Alfonso the Battler (1073), Pomponius Mela (15), Federico Bahamontes (1928), Eulalia of Mérida (290), Luis de Góngora (1561), and Jordi Savall (1941). After him are Manuel Castells (1942), Juan Pujol García (1912), Alfonso VII of León and Castile (1105), Sancho II of Castile and León (1036), Petronilla of Aragon (1136), and Luis Enrique (1970).

Among MUSICIANS In Spain

Among musicians born in Spain, Fernando Sor ranks 5Before him are Isaac Albéniz (1860), Pablo Casals (1876), Pablo de Sarasate (1844), and Paco de Lucía (1947). After him are Andrés Segovia (1893), Narciso Yepes (1927), Alicia de Larrocha (1923), Joan Manuel Serrat (1943), Dionisio Aguado y García (1784), Ricardo Viñes (1875), and Enrique Fernández Arbós (1863).