10 Scarlatti Sonatas You Should Play or Teach

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) is a real treasure. His music is bite-sized, sounds great on piano or harpsichord, and features the lightness of the Italian Baroque, forays into Classical style, and some Spanish flair from his music master positions in Seville and Madrid. A single three- or four-minute Scarlatti sonata can traverse a wide range of... Continue Reading →

Bernstein and the Piano

This article by Richard Walters was originally published in Leonard Bernstein: Music for Piano, Boosey & Hawkes, distributed by Hal Leonard. Used by permission. As his principal instrument, the piano was inextricably a part of Leonard Bernstein’s musical life. There was no piano in his family home until he was ten years old, when an aunt’s... Continue Reading →

Hidden Gems – Scriabin: 4 Preludes, Op. 22

I view Alexander Scriabin (1871-1915) as one of the true successors to Chopin as a composer of preludes, as he emulated both the brevity and poetry of those works. Despite having written eighty-three individual preludes, he gets less recognition than Chopin or even Rachmaninoff. Granted, some of these pieces are quite brief, and are dispersed... Continue Reading →

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