An Italian composer, Scarlatti composed over five-hundred one-movement sonatas, including this short yet deep sonata in d minor. Trills and ornamentation decorate both sections of this particular sonata. Written similarly to a sarabande, the metric emphasis often falls on the second beat. Rhythmic variety in both hands prevents the piece from becoming stagnant. Most of the piece contains a right hand melody with left hand accompaniment. Expansion and modulation of the original motivic material make the sonata a cohesive whole.


Caroline Krause, undergraduate piano major, The University of Iowa