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Where’s the Guitar?!

All these years building this web site; and the guitar has been left out. It must be my fault!

The other day at the Visitors’ Information Centre where I volunteer, a lady who is also a volunteer shared her love of Classical guitar with me. Hence I made a couple of Segovia CDs for her, and in the listening realized I like the guitar more than I thought I did. So all of you Classical guitar lovers – please accept my apologies for this belated Posting.

Here’s Andres Segovia playing some Scarlatti and Handel.

Scarlatti and Handel guitar


Scarlatti: Sonata in G major, K. 391/L. 79

Handel:  Menuet I and II from: Suite in G Minor, HWV 453

Gavotte in G Major, HWV 491

Minuet in G Major, HWB 531

Piano Scarlatti


Reading how Scarlatti was admired by Horowitz, Chopin, Brahms and others; I had a look in my files and found I only had 2 pieces by him! Quite an oversite. So I downloaded a collection of his sonatas played by Yevgeny Sudbin. Scarlatti (b. 1685 d. 1757) was born the same year as Bach and lived 7 years longer.

From Wikipedia:

The many sonatas which were unpublished during Scarlatti’s lifetime have appeared in print irregularly in the two and a half centuries since. Scarlatti has, however, attracted notable admirers, including Frédéric Chopin, Johannes Brahms, Béla Bartók, Dmitri Shostakovich, Heinrich Schenker, Vladimir Horowitz and Marc-André Hamelin. The Russian school of pianism has particularly championed the sonatas.

Scarlatti’s 555 keyboard sonatas are single movements, mostly in binary form, and are almost all intended for the harpsichord (there are four for organ, and a few where Scarlatti suggests a small instrumental group). Some of them display harmonic audacity in their use of discords, and also unconventional modulations to remote keys.

555 keyboard pieces! Wow. Well here are just 4 of his Sonatas. The first two “exuberant” and the next two “thoughtful”.

Yevgeny Sudbin_01_Keyboard Sonata in B flat major, K 545


Yevgeny Sudbin_03_Keyboard Sonata in F minor, K 365




another in g minor, not sure what K#!

Yevgeny Sudbin_11_Keyboard Sonata in G minor