Publication Date



Open access

Embargo Period


Degree Type

Doctoral Essay

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


Instrumental Performance (Music)

Date of Defense


First Committee Member

Rene Gonzalez

Second Committee Member

Charles Mason

Third Committee Member

Rafael Padron

Fourth Committee Member

Pamela A. McConnell


The purpose of this study is to thoroughly analyze and to create a performance guide of the multi-movement guitar sonatas by Fernando Sor and Mauro Giuliani. The works include Sonatas, Opp. 22 and 25 by Sor, and Sonata, Op. 15 by Giuliani. Although the composers are well known to the guitar community, the number of detailed studies of these work is still limited. The present essay is a result of the desire to study them. It contains a short history of the origin of the six-string guitar, the biographies of Sor and Giuliani, and also a brief review of selected writing on sonata form that will help the reader to understand the musical form better. The main portion of this essay consists of detailed analyses and a performance guide to the sonatas. Theoretical, technical, and stylistic issues are addressed in depth.


performance guide; Fernando Sor; Mauro Giuliani; guitar sonata; sonata form