Scarlatti Sonata in A major K 208: Brouwer (2 of 12)


Cuban guitarist Leo Brouwer plays his transcriptions of 12 keyboard sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti in a magnificent (and long out-of-print) 1974 recording. Sonata in A major K. 208/ L. 238 (1753) To hear the whole set uninterrupted, go to http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=B23CB5D9DF095955 From Brouwer's liner notes from the LP: "FORM It would be wrong to attempt to find in Scarlatti's work the formal plan of a classical sonata; but there are nevertheless analogies in structure, formal relationship and thematic conception. Whereas the traditional form is in three sections, Scarlatti maintains a balance between his two sections, including development periods at the start of the second. Contrary to traditional procedure, the final ideas presented in the first section are those which run parallel with the second half. Nor is it to be expected that the opening themes should start the second section (as is customary with German baroque). This occurs in some sonatas of the first period, called by Kirkpatrick "closed sonatas" -- see K. l (L. 336). The "open sonata" is one where the initial ideas do not open the second section. Summarising, it can be said that, excluding the initial theme which Scarlatti in general uses in the form of an "opening", the rest of the thematic ideas are developed and periodically re-presented in nearly all the compositions. Typical Scarlatti thematic patterns are in general: 1. Generative rhythmic patterns (K. 443-L. 418). Thematic cells of popular character --predominantly Spanish-- with accompaniment (K. 544-L. 497). Materials derived from the instrumental technique of finger touch (K. 178-L. 162). 2. Contrasting sections based on clearly differentiated materials (K. 206-L. 257). 3. The tradition of toccata-improvisation derived from Frescobaldi (K. l-L. 336). Free melodic development in Prelude style (K. 2 08-L. 238)." *** For this recording, Brouwer played a guitar built in 1973 by Daniel Friedrich (Paris). Recording: D. Scarlatti. Douze sonates par Leo Brouwer. Erato: Florilège de la guitare 17 (1974) STU 70786. Score: 12 sonatas/Domenico Scarlatti; transcribed for guitar by Leo Brouwer. Gendai Guitar Co. 1983, repr. 2004. Please don't ask for the score -- I don't have it. It can be found at Gendai Guitar (Japan) or at Guitar Solo Publications (San Francisco, CA); both are on the internet. (Many thanks to Yuri at Universo Violonístico)

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