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 the Minuetto, L. 217 centered upon its ascending broken-chord figures that alternate with upward step-wise progressions. These require a forward motion wrist movement to create curvaceous lines and pleasing contours.
In the videos below I flesh out this particular motion, while exploring the Minuetto’s harmonic outline and recurrent sequences.