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It can also be used as a seed for free improvisation. These are ten easy pieces, each one covering a dance style on the 18th century. This is excellent for rhythm development and to introduce the student to old dance patterns which keep recurring on the piano repertory. Excellent recital material for the beginners. The harmonies are traditional, the writing is highly pianistic and they make up excellent recital material. The whole collection consists of 8 sets of short pieces for complete beginners. If you are familiar with Kabalevskys pieces for children, this is similar.

Introduction to contemporary mus More difficult than the previous two, this is thoroughly contemporary music - and let us face it, contemporary music is not the most appealing to beginners but this is a good introduction since it is not too radically contemporary. Introduction to how chords devel Similar in difficulty to the above, this set of pieces uses modern harmonies to tell stories, so it is a very good introduction to how and why chords and intervals can elicit different emotions for instance, The spider uses tritons to build up suspense, and Bees and Flies uses chromatic intervals to emulate buzzing.

A collection of 10 pieces for the complete beginner, most you can teach at the first lesson. The interesting thing here is that they use the whole keyboard and introduce patterns that frequently appear in the more advanced pieces, so they are excellent preparatory pieces. Again very good recital material for beginners.

Sonatina No. Grown ups may not find Alberti patterns it so useful, but for the below 10 is a great repertory. The second Broken arpeggios movement is the easiest, but also dull. Composition French Suite No. II anon. II Anon. Another excellent 2 voice canonic work that will develop hand independence and yet is easy enough for a beginner.

Hauntingly beautiful slow minuet. Excellent piece to introduce canon round writing. It is a perfect Intro to 2-voice inventions introduction to 2 voice inventions which are far too difficult for a beginner. Ornamentation Beautiful lyrical minuet, reflective and slow.

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For beginners omit the ornamentation. For more advanced players there is a lot of scope for learning the art of ornamentation with these two pieces. Allegro in C minor 3 Bach, C. Fantasia in D minor. Excellent piece for the virtuoso to be very easy but impressive , with daring skips on the LH and fast runs on the RH. A favorite with kids.

One of the few pieces in the notebook that is actually by Bach, this prelude is the first prelude in the WTC book I. A beautiful prelude based on broken triads, this is very easy but not as effective if you omit the several ornaments. These can added later on when the student has progressed enough. An excellent study in arpeggios for both RH and LH and a great introduction to question and answer writing.

Very effective at a fast speed, but equally beautiful at a much slower tempo. The repetitive figuration in broken triads make it an excellent exercise as well. Eighteen Little Preludes'. March in D, H. Sinfonia No. Solfeggietto 5 Bach, C. Solo per il Cembalo, W. Sonata in C 7 Bach, C. Sonata in C minor, W 60 7 Bach, C. Sonata in F 7 Bach, C. Sonatas 1 Bach, J. From Anna Magdalena 1st mvt, Allegro assai Allegretto 1st mvt, Allegretto 3rd mvt, Allegro Allegretto 2nd mvt Almost forgotten these days and almost never played, his sonatas are real gems.

Again, all of the sonatas are around grade , so you should be able to manage. I particularly like w62 in G. Theme and Variations. Chromatic and highly atmospheric if you want poetic and romantic and yet modern look no further. Extremely complex advanced work requiring the utmost pianism. This sonata was written for Horowitz.

Originally it had only the first three movements, but Horowitz insisted that Barber write a flashy finale for it, hence the - very difficult - fugue. Sonata My favourite though is Secrets also from op. Excellent exercise in equalizing the hands tone, and an exquisite piece of music. They are probably more suited to the later beginner 6 months one year of lessons. These are one-page very easy pieces grade 1 that Beethoven most likely wrote as pedagogical material for is pupils.

These are actually to be played as a single piece. It sounds far more difficult. However I find this sonata a bit dull Beethoven thought so too Op. It is a bit more difficult though. Both of these however are not quite full-fledged sonatas they were most likely composed as exercises for his students.

Composition Sonata Why not stretch a bit and try Op. It is considered to be around grade 7, but if you can manage grade 5 pieces, you can manage grade 7. Exhilarating and athletic piece with fast arpeggios divided between the hands and hand crossings on the second part. This is a one-movement sonatina only 49 bars long that sounds much more difficult than it actually is.

A one movement sonata that although supposedly in B minor is actually a chromatic work. Once you get used to it, it is very beautiful and lyrical. Bloch composed a set of ten very interesting pieces called Enfantines, for his daughters. They are not for beginners though, except the first one, which may be tackled by a late beginner 6 months 1 year of lessons : Impressionistic writing, this is a very expressive piece that allows for the introduction of several concepts: Modes the piece is written in the Aeolian mode , legato playing the piece requires that one finger be held while the other fingers of the same hand play the melody above it , cantabile.

Paul Frederick Bowles: These are really for intermediate students, but I could not resist including it. These are excellent arrangements of classical American folk tunes. Truly enchanting pieces. Boure Fantasque Consolation Op. The LH mostly plays broken octaves, skipping over two octaves. Excellent for skip accuracy. And it is a wonderful, hauntingly beautiful piece. Composition Mazurka in F minor, op. Composition Nocturne No. Posth 71 no. Composition Soanta no. Variations in E on Bellinis I Puritani. Variations on a German National air Waltz No. Marche Funebre 2nd mov.

Menuetto 3rd mov. Allegro ben ritmato e preciso. Gershwin called this prelude Spanish. This is a fast virtuoso piece, very good as an encore. Gershwin called this prelude a blues lullaby. Slow and slightly lugubrious, it would make quite a good piece to play before an intermission. This is my favourite of the three and the most difficult. Tonal music but with lots of chromaticism and strong rhythms.

These are all short pieces, good as encores. Lyric Pieces Op. Impressionistic, tonal music. A study in broken chords very effective in performance. The melody is in the LH while the RH accompanies with syncopated chords. Excellent for teaching how to voice between the hands.

Excellent preparation for similar figuration in the more advanced repertory e. Mendelssohns Song without words op. Although easy, it is for the late beginner. Beautiful chorale in three voices, will prepare for four voice chorales. Very easy. From here, go to the one below. Excellent to learn four part harmony and bring up the top voice in each chord. Develop inflection of short melodi Very light, with a fast RH going through a circular semiquaver pattern.

Very good to develop the inflection of short melodic motifs. For the budding virtuoso. A very nice waltz with just 16 bars two 8-bar phrases. Good for learning how to contrast the grazioso section with the scherzo section. Omit the ornaments for the early beginners. Very easy, but due to the unexpected skips it teaches one to think ahead. Excellent for forearm rotation and bringing the bass melody over the mist of sound created by the very fast RH. Hands swap figurations occasionally, so both hands get a workout. Allegro 5 Menuet and Trio 4 Scherzo 2 For the budding virtuoso.

Beginners can easily master this movement at slow speed. More advanced beginners can start working on speed. How to work for speed, how to get accuracy, etc. Purple Poverty op. I'll just list my favourites but they are all pretty good There are plenty of goodies from op and Sleeping Cat is a hauntingly beautiful piece extremely easy with great scope for musicality.

No 56 from 'Klavierschule'. Composition Valses Oubliees S. Lovely piece very easy technically, but demanding the greatest expressivity in playing. Probably better suited to older students. Good for awakening the skills for expression in ones playing. Very fast arpeggio figurations on LH with a powerful melody in chords on the RH. Good preparation for Chopin Op. Variations 2, 4, 6 and 12 are excellent for the LH. I like no. As you know beginners have difficulty with chords, so this is a good one.


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Although Brazilian by birth, Oswald spent most of his life in Europe, so his music is completely European, with much French influence. All of his work is highly poetic and romantic. A hilarious fugue with chopsticks on the RH and very fast scales over two octaves on the LH. An excellent encore. Poetic and romantic.

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A beautiful, magical piece with a fast broken chord accompaniment creating a mist of sound around the right hand melody. Very impressive watch out for the glissandi! This piece was originally written for harp. Moderato Lots of crossing hands. Main difficulty is pedal use. Andantino Andante Assai Sostenuto the most difficult of the lot.

The melody is in the left hand while the right hand plays a repeated but complex dotted rhythm pattern. Promenade Joyful and bouncy Historiette. Sounds much more difficult than it actually is. Waltz - A nice little waltz with unexpected turns of the harmony. Wonderfully tonal and yet very modern.

Playing tag a fast moto perpetuo requiring good finger agility. The moon strolls in the Meadows This is my top favourite A beautiful, melodic piece of great delicacy with the melody played alternatively in the right and left hand. Lentamente - Slow and melancholic Allegretto tranquilo this is my favourite of the set Con vivacita Poetico Con una dolze lentezza.

Wonderful, lyrical piece, much closer to Griegs Notturno in form and feeling than to Chopins or Fields. D minor - Allegro This is actually a two voice invention. Fast and delicate with lots of thirds and scale runs on the right hand, but no difficulty at all in the left hand. Difficult to play at full speed but easy if played slowly and still effective Recorded by Ivo Pogorelich for DG.

A minor - Presto Electrical piece with ultra fast scale rushes. Looks easy on the page, but wait until you try to play it up to tempo G minor Allegro In spite of the tempo indication this is a slow, lyrical sonata. Melancholic and intense. G major Presto Fast and brilliant with a catchy, rhythmical theme on repeated notes. One of my favourites. Look no further than this sparkling gigue. E major Presto Virtuosistic sonata that is the sort of expected Scarlatti: guitar imitation, Spanish rhythms, fast scales in thirds, repeated notes and lots of ornaments.

Great show off piece. If you want to develop a certain kind of technique, burn the Czerny and play this sonata A majorinstead. F minor Allegro A not too fast, beautiful two voice invention that moves in a relentless way with one of the most beautiful motifs of all sonatas. Crossing hands. Broken chords figuration in both hands. Harmonically adventurous and mood setting. A masterpiece. B minor Allegro This is my all time favourite Scarlatti sonata. Surprisingly romantic, could very well have been composed by someone like Schubert. Very untypical Scarlatti. Achingly beautiful melody. Arpeggio figurations and lots of crossing hands.

G minor - Moderato A beautiful and complex fugue. D minor Aria Lyrical sonata much easier than it sounds. Slow and melancholic. Although just one page long it requires some musical maturity to be truly effective. This is an ideal piece to open a recital, since it is slow and introspective it will calm you down. This is a real gem. Only 24 bars long, technically unchallenging grade 3 , and yet one of the most beautiful sonatas. Slow paced and exuding tranquillity, this reflective piece is the best of the four. A slow thoughtful piece, only 28 bars long A major Allegro Fast and furious, full of nervous energy.

Excellent for waking up the audience! Figurations are shared equally by both hands. Excellent Czerny replacement and superior warm up piece. Equally effective at a slower tempo. A nice minuet only a page long 24 bars amongst the easiest of Scarlatti pieces G minor Allegrissimo Ferocious and virtuosistic sonata. E major Presto This one of my favourite fast sonatas. As the Cheyene Indians found of saying it makes my heart soar like a hawk. One of the most catchy motifs amongst all sonatas it makes one wish to dance and jump for joy.

This is amazing music. D minor Andante moderato Wonderful sonata, lyrical and devotional, uplifting and tranquil. Written mostly in 3-voice counterpoint. Another masterpiece. A minor Allegro After a typical plaintive start in A minor, it suddenly displays a most romantic theme. Very unusual sonata. The main difficulty is to be found in the several bars where the hands cross. There are some thirds and sixths but they are easily negotiable.

G major Allegro Also known as Capriccio, this is celebratory, joyful and uplifting music that is much easier to play than it sounds. An all time favourite. Wide skips, echo effects, but fits the hand surprisingly well. D minor Allegro A determined and energetic gavotte, one of Scarlattis most played and well known pieces. F minor Allegro Toccatta like, this is a fast, dazzling sonata ideal for an encore.

F minor My favourite amongst the slow, lyrical sonatas, this is a hauntingly beautiful piece with a complex polyphonic texture difficult to read but easy to play. Spend sometime analysing its structure before tackilng it at the piano. D minor Moderato e cantabile minuet Painfully nostalgic and evocative lyrical sonata followed by a lively minuet. B minor - Andante Intensely lyrical work of great musical depth. Couterpoint in three and four parts. Said to be Horowitz favourite Scarlatti sonata. D major Allegro Another typical Scarlatti sonata similar to the overplayed K Richly textured.

It has everything in it: Horn calls, fast repeated notes, trills, suspensions, cross relations, parallel fifths, big leaps, scale runs and guitar imitations. E minor Alegrissimo Wonderful study in rhythm with unexpected developments, suspensions and syncopations. C minor - A beautiful , tranquil and lyrical sonata that grows in emotional intensity as it develops. A minor Adagio Beautiful lyrical writing in three and four part couterpoint. Excellent as a study in voicing. Recital material for the intermediate player. Bb major - Allegro A beautiful, lyrical sonata. Wonderfully tonal and yet very modern.

The moon strolls in the Meadows This is my top favourite A beautiful, melodic piece of great delicacy with the melody played alternatively in the right and left hand. Lentamente - Slow and melancholic. G major Allegro Also known as Capriccio, this is celebratory, joyful and uplifting music that is much easier to play than it sounds. An all time favourite. Wide skips, echo effects, but fits the hand surprisingly well. F minor Allegro Toccatta like, this is a fast, dazzling sonata ideal for an encore. One of my favourites.

Bb major - Allegro A two voice invention with a third voice intruding on the last two bars of the first part , this is excellent for finger and hand independence. Bb major - Allegro A beautiful, lyrical sonata. Crossing hands. F minor Allegro A not too fast, beautiful two voice invention that moves in a relentless way with one of the most beautiful motifs of all sonatas. Broken chords figuration in both hands. Harmonically adventurous and mood setting. A masterpiece. The left hand which demands a hand span covering at least an octave plays sonorous chords and tone clusters with up to ten notes!

This Sonata was composed in Here Scarlatti succeeds in making conventional harmonies with slight changes sound quite extraordinary for the period. The Sonata has real Spanish character with vitality and bravura. Musically, the guitar-like sounds of the left hand chords are particularly fascinating. A major Allegro Dazzling and fast, this baroque prelude style sonata has most of its impressive finger work in the right hand. Excellent for finger control and co-ordination, it is actually much easier than it sounds. Great fun to play. G minor Presto a fugato Wonderful sonata with scales some chromatic alternating hands over the whole extent of the keyboard.

E major Allegro This beautiful two-voice invention is excellent for finger and hand co-ordination and independence. A most beautiful melody on the second part. E minor Andante One of my favourites slow sonatas. Harmonically advanced and elaborate at seven pages is one of the longest sonatas - this is a masterful sonata with a superb central melody. Reflective and spiritual. Technically undemanding. G major Andante spirituoso After a calm opening and nice little folk-like tune this sonata goes onto a breathless sequence of scurrying scales and broken chords over the entire length of the keyboard on both hands.

Unexpected changes. Good Czerny replacement and warm-up piece. Reiterstck, from 'Album for the Young' Op 68 No. Prelude Op. An insistent and catchy motif keeps bringing the sonata together. Unusual syncopations. Requires a sizeable hand span and accurate skips in some of the figurations. A major Andante e cantabile Lyrical sonata, with a hauntingly beautiful melody and compelling harmonic progressions. Tranquil and luminous, this is a masterpiece.

D minor - Andante Another of my favourites amongst the lyrical sonatas. A slow, full-of-longing melody increases gradually in intensity up to an unusual harmonic climax. Great to play and to listen to. C major Allegro A beautiful sonata full of guitar sounds and Spanish nostalgia. A fast introduction is followed by a most evocative second part. Bb major Cantabile A beautiful aria, this lyrical sonata is a real gem. With occasional 4-voice couterpoint it has dignified, overlapping phrases. G major Allegro Lively and imposing sonata with a beautiful recurring motif.

Two voice invention with an occasional third voice equally shared between hands. Effective at a slower tempo. Great warm up. Sonata It is a bit more difficult though. Both of these however are not quite full-fledged sonatas they were most likely composed as exercises for his students. Why not stretch a bit and try Op. It is considered to be around grade 7, but if you can manage grade 5 pieces, you can manage grade 7. There are plenty of goodies from op and Abschied S. Songs Without Words Op. Cappriccio in A minor, op. Moderato Lots of crossing hands.

Main difficulty is pedal use. Sostenuto the most difficult of the lot. The melody is in the left hand while the right hand plays a repeated but complex dotted rhythm pattern. Playing tag a fast moto perpetuo requiring good finger agility. Fast and delicate with lots of thirds and scale runs on the right hand, but no difficulty at all in the left hand.

Difficult to play at full speed but easy if played slowly and still effective Recorded by Ivo Pogorelich for DG. G major Presto Fast and brilliant with a catchy, rhythmical theme on repeated notes. E major Presto Virtuosistic sonata that is the sort of expected Scarlatti: guitar imitation, Spanish rhythms, fast scales in thirds, repeated notes and lots of ornaments.

Great show off piece. If you want to develop a certain kind of technique, burn the Czerny and play this sonata instead. A minor Allegro After a typical plaintive start in A minor, it suddenly displays a most romantic theme. Very unusual sonata. The main difficulty is to be found in the several bars where the hands cross.

There are some thirds and sixths but they are easily negotiable. D minor Allegro A determined and energetic gavotte, one of Scarlattis most played and well known pieces. C minor - A beautiful , tranquil and lyrical sonata that grows in emotional intensity as it develops. G major Vivo This non-stop sonata will not allow you to catch your breath! Great fun to play and an excellent virtuosistic piece to end a recital on a high note. If you are looking for a Czerny alternative look no further: it is a study for the left hand plus repeated notes, broken thirds, sixths and octaves.

Also good practice for quick adjustments. C major Cantabile A slow well, sort of A lyrical sonata with beautiful lush harmonies, haunting dissonances and arpeggios that are suddenly interrupted by a heart wrenching delicate melody based on repeated notes.

One of my all time favourites. Although it sounds dazzling and virtuosic it is much easier than it sounds. Main difficulty are the fast alternating hands. E minor Lento A beautiful lyrical and reflective sonata. E flat major - Allegretto A beautiful, lyrical sonata not too slow. E minor Allegro A masterpiece. Dramatic and powerful, this 2 voice invention with a third voice intruding on 4 bars near the start of the second part is still effective at a slower tempo.

A major Allegro Uplifiting sonata, not too fast. F minor - Allegro An excellent dance piece full of Spanish rhythms. C minor Allegro Beautiful lyrical sonata slightly reminiscent of K 69 with a weaving three voice counterpoint. Enharmonic modulations and movement into remote keys. Amajor - Allegro A delicate, joyful sonata with a Mozartian flavour. F minor - Another sonata full of brilliance, with fast scales and compelling harmonic progressions.

C major Allegro. This is joyful music that makes you want to skip and jump and dance! This is the kind of music that makes you smile for hours after listening to it. This cures depression, serious! Great for your trills and glissando-like scales. C major Allegro One of my favourites, this is a brilliant and dazzling sonata with plenty of repeated notes.

It is said to represent children running through the streets of Madrid. A major - Allegro Lyrical and gently lilting sonata. Counterpoint in three and four parts. A minor Adagio Beautiful lyrical writing in three and four part couterpoint. Excellent as a study in voicing. Recital material for the intermediate player. D major Allegro Another sonata ideally suited to replace some of the common technical studies. Fast repeated notes, broken chords, arpeggios, leaps, crossing hands, scale runs. This unusual, percussive watch out for the castanet sounds! Cirandas No.

Consolation Op. G major Allegretto Starts with determined, percussive chords, which are followed by a fast figuration of great delicacy equally shared between the hands. Good Czerny replacement and warm up. Fast and dazzling this sonata exudes confidence. F minor Andante e cantabile Introspective, delicate and lyrical this could be an ideal choice for opening a recital.

And if you need a study in phrasing and legato this sonata is for you! D major Allegro Rhythmical percussive beginning followed by a romantic arpeggiated section not unlike a Schubert impromptu with a most pleasing melody. C major Allegro Inventive sonata with many original musical ideas. Dotted figuration, including dotted rests. D major Allegro A masterpiece. This is a 2 voice invention with the figurations equally distributed between the hands.

Urgent and dramatic it will still be effective at a slower tempo. Technical problems are minimal. Beautiful haunting melody with 16th note acompanying figure split between the hands, somewhat like some of Mendelsohnn's SWWs. French Suite No. Again, all of the sonatas are around grade , so you should be able to manage.

I particularly like w62 in G. Ecossaise no. Waltz No. The LH mostly plays broken octaves, skipping over two octaves. Excellent for skip accuracy. And it is a wonderful, hauntingly beautiful piece. OrSor Grade Composer 7 Debussy 7 Debussy 7 Debussy 7 Debussy 7 Debussy 7 Debussy 7 Debussy 7 Debussy 7 Debussy 7 Donizetti 7 Field 7 Gershwin 7 Gershwin Allegro ben ritmato e preciso Three Preludes II.

Andante con moto e poco rubato. Three Preludes III. A nocturne-like version for piano of the famous aria Una furtiva lacrima Gershwin called this prelude Spanish. This is a fast virtuoso piece, very good as an encore. Gershwin called this prelude a blues lullaby. Slow and slightly lugubrious, it would make quite a good piece to play before an intermission. This is my favourite of the three and the most difficult. OrSor Grade Composer 7 Haydn 7 Haydn 7 Haydn 7 Haydn 7 Haydn 7 Haydn 7 Heller 7 Heller 7 Heller 7 Kabalevsky 7 Kalkbrenner 7 Liszt 7 Liszt 7 Liszt 7 Liszt 7 Liszt 7 Liszt 7 Macdowell 7 Macdowell 7 Mendelssohn 7 Mendelssohn 7 Mendelssohn 7 Mendelssohn 7 Mendelssohn 7 Mendelssohn 7 Mendelssohn Very fast arpeggio figurations on LH with a powerful melody in chords on the RH.

Good preparation for Chopin Op. Visions Fugitives Op. Wonderful, lyrical piece, much closer to Griegs Notturno in form and feeling than to Chopins or Fields. G minor Allegro In spite of the tempo indication this is a slow, lyrical sonata. Melancholic and intense. G major Presto Looking for fast very fast scale runs interspersed with a beautiful staccato melody? Look no further than this sparkling gigue. A major Allegro Fast and furious, full of nervous energy. Excellent for waking up the audience!

Figurations are shared equally by both hands. Excellent Czerny replacement and superior warm up piece. Equally effective at a slower tempo. Fnf Klavierstcke, No. G minor Allegrissimo Ferocious and virtuosistic sonata. D minor Andante moderato Wonderful sonata, lyrical and devotional, uplifting and tranquil. Written mostly in 3-voice counterpoint. Another masterpiece. F minor My favourite amongst the slow, lyrical sonatas, this is a hauntingly beautiful piece with a complex polyphonic texture difficult to read but easy to play.

Spend sometime analysing its structure before tackilng it at the piano. D minor Moderato e cantabile minuet Painfully nostalgic and evocative lyrical sonata followed by a lively minuet. B minor - Andante Intensely lyrical work of great musical depth. Couterpoint in three and four parts.

Said to be Horowitz favourite Scarlatti sonata. E minor Alegrissimo Wonderful study in rhythm with unexpected developments, suspensions and syncopations. Eb major Allegro Joyful and uplifting.

G major Allegro Tired of practising arpeggios? Try this sonata instead. A breezy arpeggio study with very fast triplet semiquavers. Uplifting and extroverted. Go and jump on a lake, Hanon!. E major Allegro Dazzling finger work alternating with slow episodes in 4-voice counterpoint.

Catchy and uplifiting. B minor - Andante Sonata in a lyric, cantabile style, moderately flowing. Expansive, sonorous qualities. K is also excellent to replace technical exercises dealing with arpeggions and thirds E major Andante Sudden shifts of key abound in this sonata. G major Andante A two and three voice invention. Lyrical and tranquil. Slightly reminiscent of K F major Andante An unusual key that suggests that Scarlatti was familiar with equal temperament tuning. A lyrical and calm sonata. D major - Allegro One of my all time favourites, After a rhythmic introduction characteristic of Spanish dances, a most gentle and evocative melody develops.

Repeated notes. C major Allegro A percussive sonata, full of zest and unresolved dissonances that make it sound brittle and sharp. Difficult octave leaps on the left hand. G minor Written in 2 and 3 parts, this is another lyrical, melancholic sonata with a beautiful, flowing melody. Recorded by Benjamin Frith for Naxos. Composition Mazurka no.

Posth 71 no. Variations on a German National air Waltz No. Bagatelle without Tonality S. La columbe from 8 Preludes Plainte calme from 8 Preludes You cannot get much more complex or modern than this. A beautiful, magical piece with a fast broken chord accompaniment creating a mist of sound around the right hand melody.

Very impressive watch out for the glissandi! This piece was originally written for harp. A minor - Presto Electrical piece with ultra fast scale rushes. Looks easy on the page, but wait until you try to play it up to tempo A major - Allegro Virtuoso piece alternating relatively calm sections with dazzling scale runs. B minor Allegro This is my all time favourite Scarlatti sonata. Surprisingly romantic, could very well have been composed by someone like Schubert. Very untypical Scarlatti. Achingly beautiful melody. Arpeggio figurations and lots of crossing hands.

G minor - Moderato A beautiful and complex fugue. E major Presto This one of my favourite fast sonatas. As the Cheyene Indians found of saying it makes my heart soar like a hawk. One of the most catchy motifs amongst all sonatas it makes one wish to dance and jump for joy.

This is amazing music. D major Allegro Another typical Scarlatti sonata similar to the overplayed K Richly textured. It has everything in it: Horn calls, fast repeated notes, trills, suspensions, cross relations, parallel fifths, big leaps, scale runs and guitar imitations. D minor Allegro A fast sonata full of nervous energy, this is the cross hand piece to end all cross hand pieces!

Leaping bass figures, double notes in both hands. Unusual and difficult. D minor Allegro A masterpiece. A fast toccata with lots of repeated notes over long stretches. Broken chords and skips. Virtuosic with dissonant guitar strumming in the left hand and lots of cross hands.

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Excellent as a study replacement. G major Prestissimo Wonderfully exhilarating sonata, both to play and to listen to. The tempo direction as fast as possible gives you an idea of what to expect. A really electric and uplifting work requiring pianism of the utmost degree. Has a recurring motif that is incredibly joyful and catchy. My favourite fast sonata.

But only if you play it at top speed.

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It is still effective at lower speeds. F minor Andante moderato - A masterpiece. Beautiful, slow lyrical sonata. As it is often the case with the lyrical sonatas, this one elicits tranquillity and peacefulness rather than melancholy and grief. Excellent for developing rhythm awareness of triplets versus quavers. It also has 3 against 2. E major - Andante After a slow, lyrical beginning all hell breaks loose, and a fast, dazzling sonata ensues with occasional returns to the slow theme. G minor Andante Another beautiful lyrical sonata, deeply reflective and tranquil, and not at all melancholic.

Rich textures and highly musical. Very good as a study in long phrases. Sudden dramatic silences. D major Andante cantabile Beautiful lyrical sonata and one of the longest. Uses the whole keyboard. C major Pastorale: Moderato Molto allegro Presto One of the few sonatas written in different movements tempos. Shepherd pipes and bagpipes drones are imitated.