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Domenico Scarlatti is today considered one of music history's great piano composers; and the first-ever piano virtuoso. The present collection contains 24 sonatas from various creative periods; offering a survey of the rich and varied output of this Italian musician who worked at the Spanish court. Scarlatti triumphed over the heavy Baroque style with his characterful themes; natural cantabile melodies; and dance-like movements. The performance-technical moment is a formally constitutive element within his one-movement sonatas. Renowned pianist Bengt Johnsson provides information on Scarlatti's life and career; as well as on the various sources on which this edition is based; in his preface to the edition. A few sonatas appear in print here for the first time. An additional “bon-bon” is the reprint of a preface to the edition of 30 of Scarlatti's piano sonatas; published in 1738. Absorbing reading for all who wish to acquire a deeper understanding of Scarlatti's piano music.Contents: SONATAS BY K NUMBER: 30; 47; 54; 82; 88; 127; 149; 159; 197; 261; 268; 291; 294; 302; 307; 380; 386; 415; 430; 520 • Sonata in C Major; K. deest • Sonata in G Major; K. deest • Sonata in G minor; K. deest • Sonata in C Major II; K. deest
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