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Scarlatti Pedal

Discussion in 'Technique' started by Anonymous, May 21, 2007.

  1. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Hi everyone just asking your opinions :)

    Should I play Scarlatti Sonatas with pedal or not? My opinion is to not use pedal

  2. juufa72

    juufa72 New Member Piano Society Artist

    Jul 13, 2006
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    I never really pay attention to pedal markings (maybe because I use a keyboard which is alot quieter than a real piano). So I touch the pedal when it is needed for my keyboard. I can't say a whole lot for pedaling on a real piano because I do not get around to playing on them all to often. I hope this helps :wink:
  3. Anonymous

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    Because of the style and era of the Scarlatti sonatas I use as little pedal as possible. During the time Scarlatti was composing the harpsichord was used which has no pedals. I do use some pedaling to connect some passages for esthetic reasons for the sake of modern piano playing. There are some interesting and challenging hand crossing at fast speed in some of his sonatas in which I use the sustaining pedal to connect the hand crossing.
  4. Anonymous

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    If one plays Scarlatti at the piano...... then, I prefer he uses the piano with its possibilities
    (pedals, dynamics, etc) when and in the manner required by interpreter's ideas.
    Another thing: the sound of the harpsichord is more similar to a piano with pedal hold or
    not hold?

    All best,

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