Tempo di Minuetto Opus 2 No. 1

By Fernando Sor (1778-1839)

From:Kevin Smith (kevins@ornews.intel.com)

Please Note: This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research.

This is a Tempo di Minuetto by Ferdinando Sor. It is a sweet and easy piece and short enough not to bore the "faint of ear". It is in 3/4 time, '|'s mark the quarter notes. As the piece is in a minuet tempo. Now, this is often interpreted as allegreto (~120).

At the time this was written though, minuets were often played slower. I like to play it adagio (~70) to let the sweetness come out. Pay attention to the dynamics. Let the chords ring throughout. The volume change at measure 9 is striking and I like to play it sul ponticello and vibrato on select notes for added effect.

I'm pretty sure this is accurate, but let me know if you find any mistakes.

 1 |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     
E|-3-----3-----3---|-3-----------2---|-5---------------|-5-----------3---|
B|-0-----0-----0---|-1---------------|-----------------|-------------0---|
G|-0-----------0---|-2---------------|-5---------------|-5---------------|
D|-------0---------|-------0---------|-0-----2-----4---|-5-----0---------|
A|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------------3---|
   mp

 5 |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     
E|-7-----5----\3---|-3-----2-----0---|-----------------|-----------------|
B|-8----\7----\5---|-5----\3-----1---|-3-----1-----0---|-0---------------|
G|-0---------------|-0---------------|-4-----2-----0---|-0-----2---------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-5---------------|-0-----4---------|
A|-----------------|-----------------|-------3-----4---|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

repeat this previous section once


 9 |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     
E|-------0-----2---|-3-----------2---|-------0-----2---|-3-----------2---|
B|-3-----2-----1---|-0-----2-----3---|-3-----2-----1---|-0-----2-----3---|
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------3-----2---|
D|-0---------------|-0---------------|-0---------------|-0---------------|
A|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
   mf


13 |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     
E|-------0-----2---|-3-----1---------|-0-----5-----2---|-2-----3---------|
B|-3-----2-----1---|-0-----3---------|-1-----5-----1---|-1-----0---------|
G|-----------------|-0-----0---------|-0-----5-----2---|-0---------------|
D|-0---------------|-----------------|-------------0---|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-------2---------|-3-----0---------|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
                           ff         diminuendo........ p


Repeat this previous section (beginning at measure 9).

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