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    Scarlatti Sonatas

    Anyone here a fan of Scarlatti ??

    Madam Comparone Plays Scarlatti

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    I assume you mean Domenico? Yes, I'm a big fan. His sonatas are just gorgeous, some of them even quite playable for a rank amateur.
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    David, Yes I was referring to The Domenico Scaratti, the use of scales seem predominant
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    Excellent Colin, first time I noticed Scarlatti was way back on one of Walter/Wendy Carlos' synthesizer albums.

    Since then I've listened and liked a lot of Scarlatti Sonatas, especially when played on Harpsichord.

    First time I've seen a Harpsichord played standing, obviously necessary given the keyboard height, is this common or a Comparone thing?

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    I wonder or Lars, Jonesey or others have ever used them as part of their church service music?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetmike View Post

    First time I've seen a Harpsichord played standing, obviously necessary given the keyboard height, is this common or a Comparone thing?


    I did a quick search and it seems as if she does it a lot, perhaps she has a sore ......
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    I have a 2CD set of his sonatas by Pletnev superb playing and I actually prefer piano.

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    Scarlatti is a nice way to warm up before tackling Rachmaninoff.
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    I'm working on about 12 of the sonatas now and I can't help but think that often he is inspired by Spanish Flamenco because he is so phrygian which I rarely hear in Italian composers.

    What I need help with is the trills and arpeggios. I noticed in 1 he included the grace note above the trill - indicating it starts above, like we usually do for Baroque. So this means the one he DIDN'T note that way would be normal/classical trills? Some sound better that way! I play some flamenco guitar and now I want to talk to the guitarists I know too! I don't think flamenco does trills starting above? So "when in Rome.." he would have written the Spanish influenced sonatas in that style of trill? I'm hoping to find a discussion where I can share what I've found and hear others' ideas - but from a playing it point of view.

    I love playing them on piano, well EVERYTHING is great on piano, but I'm thinking of using my synthesizers on Harpsichord tone!
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