Saturday, August 25, 2018

Articulation At The Highest Level - Listen to the Music of Scarlatti and Galuppi...

Baldassarre Galuppi - a mouthful indeed; and a pretty well-forgotten composer at this point in time - and Domenico Scarlatti,  who is quite the opposite, being well-remembered today.
Scarlatti preceded Galuppi by about a generation, and was  one of the Great Three born in the same year(1685); namely, he, along with Bach and Handel. The pianist of today continues to be enthralled by his wonderful sonatas, about 550 in number, which he wrote for the keyboard; namely,  the harpsichord, which preceded the piano, which first appeared  around 1711. The matchless prescience of these compositions fits the modern piano veritably as if Scarlatti's vision  allowed for him to write for an instrument yet to come - and these short pieces continue, of course, to be among the great contributions to the  world  of harpsichord performance.
Galuppi was well-known, primarily as a writer of comic opera, and was among the most popular musical figures of his time - what is pretty well discarded today are  his keyboard works, some of which are really quite wonderful, especially in utterance of melody  and harmonic taste. Why not go to YouTube and listen to examples of both composers, one well-known; the other pretty well consigned to relative obscurity?
I chose the art of finger articulation at the highest level among three giants - no crushing Lisztian passages and heroics or passages which sweep us along in the Horowitzian  manner  this time around.
Just sounds, essentially without pedal or overpowering dynamic events.
Listen to the magic of Michelangeli, with his quicksilver tone and marvelous control over finger motion, murmur us through the third movement of a Galuppi Sonata - become introduced to Galuppi. You may very well want to hear more of this composer.
Then go to Martha Argerich, considered to be among many, the world's most powerful woman pianist.
Her performances of the Scarlatti Sonata no. 141, especially the 2008 version, and the replication by Scarlatti of  the guitar through repeated notes  done by the use of the first three fingers, is stunning.
Then do go to Michelangeli, whose Scarlatti is  a revelation, in his performance of the Sonata  in "C" no. 159.
Finally watch Yuja Wang, currently   the  most riveting, arguably, of the new crop of pianists  extant today, do another 'repeated note' investigation  by Scarlatti, in the Sonata no.455 in "G."
Do enjoy!



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