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Scarlatti Sonatas K. 402 (em), 431 (EM)

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  1. RichNocturne

    RichNocturne Member Piano Society Artist

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    Here's some Scarlatti sonatas from my piano recital from Monday. They remind me of bunnies.
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    Hi Richard,
    I had a listen to the E minor (K.402/L.427) with score in hand. I have the Kirkpatrick. You did a very fine job of it! I like how you change the triplets into ornaments on the composed repeats (e.g. m33). I would offer two interpretive observations for your consideration. First, I think you made too much of the ending of the "A" section, actually making it sound as if you approached the end of the entire work (with broadening of the tempo); I would save that for the repeat of the "B" section so as to prepare the actual ending alone. My second suggestion is raised with a bit more force. First observe that the work does not begin on the beat, but on the up-beat of one (in duple {cut} time for those without a score), but because the first two sounds are 8th notes, the ear properly sinks the relatively stronger sound of the second beat agogically by virtue of a quarter note. My trouble arises after the pauses (fermatas), i.e. bars 28 and 113, because the way you play it the first sound afterwards takes on the role of a down beat, but it's not. The only way to avoid this is to play it as the weak-beat-portion that it is (up-beat of one) and make the second sound (beat two) the louder: da-Da-da-d-d-d-d-da-da-Da (or: & 2 &|1-e-&-ah 2 &|1). Otherwise, the ear shifts the barline to the right one quarter note, and then has to work out the right meter in the ensuing bars with a bit of confusion. This does not happen at bars 59 or 101 due to the strong and clear meter established by the LH 8th notes.

    Just food for thought. I think this should be added to our D.Scarlatti works. :D
     
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    I just found the E major (K.531/L.420) in my Ricordi edition of 25 Sonatas edited by Longo (it's no 16 in that book for those who have it). Ok, you flubbed a few notes but the spirit of your performance was quintessential Scarlatti. Very nice! Another keeper IMO. (This sonata is almost a study in retardations [not ritardandos!])
     

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