for guitar transcribed for orchestra
Arranged and Orchestrated by Benjamin Bates for Surrey Hills Orchestra, 2019
This piece was transcribed for Surrey Hills Orchestra from a facsimile of an early published edition
by Meissonier in about 1822. This sonata, opus 14, was written by Fernando Sor in his Spanish
period, however the date of composition (earlier than 1810) is not known and the original
manuscript is yet to be found in Spain*. Sor’s works are often performed by guitarists today as part
of university syllabuses. Benjamin Bates (the orchestrator) performed this piece in the final
performance of his bachelor of music degree at Northern Territory University in 2004. This piece,
although originally written for Surrey Hills Orchestra, is suited to a community orchestra with
players of varying standards, particularly with a number of solos in the woodwind.
* Jeffery, B. (1993). Fernando Sor. Amersham, Bucks., England: Halstan & Co. Ltd.
2 Flutes, 2nd doubling piccolo
2 Clarinets in Bb
3 French Horns