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Domenico Scarlatti

Domenico Scarlatti Composer

Sonata in Eb, K.474, L.203

Performances: 14
Tracks: 14
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  • Sonata in Eb, K.474, L.203
    Key: Eb
    Genre: Sonata
    Pr. Instrument: Harpsichord
This sonata was composed compketed by 1756, the year it was copied out for a Venice publication of the composer's keyboard sonatas. Like many of Scarlatti's sonatas, this E flat major effort has a songful manner, at least in some of its slower music, in accordance with its Andante Cantabile marking. But "cantabile" here does not in any way imply an imitation of vocal music: this work's varied melodic material would mostly be unsuited to the vocal realm. The sonata opens with a brief introductory passage, after which comes a lively, but unhurried, theme of gently playful character. After but one full appearance, it becomes faster and more rhythmic, and not particularly songful. It is this thematic guise that will come to dominate the other material in the work. The themes are repeated, after which Scarlatti develops and transforms them. The latter half of the sonata has a somewhat busier, more animated, character, the faster variant taking on an almost ethereal and expressive temperament in places. This sonata typically has a duration of nearly six minutes.

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