Comparison of the "Méthode Pour La Guitare" by Fernando Sor with the "Méthode Complète Pour La Guitare Par Ferdinand Sor, Rédigée Et Augmentée De Nombreux Exemples Et Leçons Suivis D'une Notice Sur La 7e Corde" by Napoléon Coste Page: I
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Rodriguez, Sergio. Comparison of the "Methode Pour La Guitare" by Fernando Sor with
the "Methode Complete Pour La Guitare Par Ferdinand Sor, Redigee Et Augmentee De
Nombreux Exemples Et Legons Suivis D'une Notice Sur La 7e Corde" by Napoleon Coste.
Doctor of Musical Arts (Performance), August 2017, 167 pp., 2 tables, 7 figures, 7 musical
examples, bibliography, 26 titles.
The nineteenth century presents a great increase in publications of guitar methods. Most
authors of the time published several versions of their works. Fernando Sor, perhaps the most
prominent guitar composers of the time-whose Methode is regarded today as the most
important of the period-only published one edition. However, Napoleon Coste took on the task
to do a second account. The literature reviewed shows substantial existing information regarding
background, type of text, tone, and contents of Sor's work, but comparisons to date are not
substantial. Therefore, there is a need to compare these two texts side by side to yield a complete
view of their pairing. The existing negative views of Coste's edition hinder the importance of
Coste's work as reference to Segovia's publication of Sor studies, and as a clearer pedagogical
application of many of Sor's concepts which are sidetracked by his response to criticism and his
elaborations in matters beyond his main subject matter. I provide a comprehensive review of
Sor's method, an outline and a consideration of his concepts. Then I offer a complete English
translation of Coste's method which is inexistent until now. The comparison follows pointing at
differences and similarities. Results show that Coste clarifies and complements many of the
principles in less text and simpler language. He modifies certain others either to approach Sor's
practice or to depart to a newer standard. He offers his own lessons and sections to apply Sor's
concepts. Coste's text heads towards a pedagogical synthesis of Sor's method, but it is
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Rodriguez, Sergio. Comparison of the "Méthode Pour La Guitare" by Fernando Sor with the "Méthode Complète Pour La Guitare Par Ferdinand Sor, Rédigée Et Augmentée De Nombreux Exemples Et Leçons Suivis D'une Notice Sur La 7e Corde" by Napoléon Coste, dissertation, August 2017; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1011789/m1/2/: accessed April 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .