Many of Scarlatti’s compositions are not within easy reach of most piano students, but Margery Halford, editor, has compiled an Introductory album published by Alfred, with technically and musically attainable works. And it’s a blessing that she’s eliminated ones with crossed-hand acrobatics. Yet trills, so emblematic of the composer, are an ever-present challenge.
My interest in this piece centered upon a redundant forward-rolling wrist motion that best realizes ascending broken-chord fingers that alternate with upward step-wise progressions. This physical movement creates curvaceous lines and contours the piece nicely.
In the videos below I flesh out this particular motion, while I explore the Minuetto’s harmonic outline and pervasive sequences.