Scarlatti: Sonata in E, K. 531


Sonata in E Major K. 531 L.430 Performed by Gary Lloyd

This is one of my favorites. I did at least one very “out of the box thing” by changing the rhythm of a few measures from 6/8 to 3/4, which is a rather modern thing to do, but Scarlatti was a very “out of the box” composer. This is also usually played faster. In my view modern pianists put too much emphasis on speed and not enough on shape, accents, contrasts and creativity.

“K” stands for Kirkpatrick. “L” stands for “Longo”.

Kirkpatrick produced an edition of the sonatas in 1953, and the numbering from this edition is now nearly always used.  Previously, the numbering commonly used was from the 1906 edition compiled by the Neapolitan pianist Alessandro Longo

4 thoughts on “Scarlatti: Sonata in E, K. 531

  1. Agree on all counts. Too many think fast = technical chops. I find too-fast playing lacking in musicality most of the time. There are exceptions, but they are very few. Strangely enough I let the motions of marching for real inform my march tempo, and I let my very little dance exposure inform my tempo di valse, etc. Minuets, too. When it comes to driving, though, it’s always presto, con brio. ;o)

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