"Easy" Scarlatti Sonata for intermediate level guitar player

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"Easy" Scarlatti Sonata for intermediate level guitar player

Post by powis55 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:00 am

Hi all,

It may seem like a dumb question, but I am keen to start in on Scarlatti and wonder if anyone could guide me towards a relatively easy sonata that I could start on. If such a sonata exists, as I find most way out of my current reach.

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Re: "Easy" Scarlatti Sonata for intermediate level guitar player

Post by randalljazz » Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:11 am

k. 322, widely available elsewhere (including in noad's baroque collection). delicious.
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Re: "Easy" Scarlatti Sonata for intermediate level guitar player

Post by zupfgeiger » Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:45 am

I play K322 and I would not say it is a Sacarlatti beginners piece. More intermediate level. Try K 32, available here:

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Re: "Easy" Scarlatti Sonata for intermediate level guitar player

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:47 am

The ABRSM Scarlatti book is the most accessible collection I know. Several well known pieces within, though the easiest inevitably are not among the most interesting.
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Re: "Easy" Scarlatti Sonata for intermediate level guitar player

Post by Altophile » Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:47 am

zupfgeiger wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:45 am
I play K322 and I would not say it is a Sacarlatti beginners piece. More intermediate level. Try K 32, available here:

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+1

K322 is probably one of Scarlatti's easiest pieces (though I certainly woudn't call it "easy"), but it also happens to be one of his best, IMO. I started learning it but found fingerings that cause discomfort in my left hand, so I set it aside to focus on other pieces.

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Post by DerekB » Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:22 pm

K322 is included in the current Trinity book for grade 8. For easier pieces the ABRSM is a better choice. The pieces range from grade 6 to grade 8. I like them all. K322 is the next to last piece - i.e. it is one of the harder ones.
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Re: "Easy" Scarlatti Sonata for intermediate level guitar player

Post by Robert Rogers » Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:24 pm

I learned K 32 L. 423 from Due Sonate by Alirio Diaz. It's in D minor with drop D tuning. Some of it is somewhat uncomfortable for me to play, but it sounds very nice.

I give up every time I try to learn anything else by Scarlatti.

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Post by zupfgeiger » Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:58 pm

I play (let's better say practice) 5 Scarlatti sonatas, K1 as the hardest among them, whereas K32 seems to be the easiest. Scarlatti is great fun to play and btw a brilliant source for learning ornamentation patterns, but never really easy. Some look easy like K11, the "Segovia Sonata" in e minor, but it isn't. The most beautiful one to my opinion is one without any ornamentation at all: K 87 in b minor. Fantastic piece, so sublime and severe.
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Re: "Easy" Scarlatti Sonata for intermediate level guitar player

Post by Tim W » Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:02 pm

I'd vote for K-208. It's beautiful, lyrical, and can be played very simply or with elaborate ornamentation. It's also slow, which makes things easier. Barrueco, Vieaux, many, many others have posted widely varying guitar interpretations on line. Scott Ross does it wonderfully on harpsichord.

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Re: "Easy" Scarlatti Sonata for intermediate level guitar player

Post by Altophile » Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:59 pm

Tim W wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:02 pm
I'd vote for K-208. It's beautiful, lyrical, and can be played very simply or with elaborate ornamentation. It's also slow, which makes things easier. Barrueco, Vieaux, many, many others have posted widely varying guitar interpretations on line. Scott Ross does it wonderfully on harpsichord.
+1

Here's Simon Powis's interpretation:

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Re: "Easy" Scarlatti Sonata for intermediate level guitar player

Post by oski79 » Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:54 am

208 only looks/sounds easy...
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Re: "Easy" Scarlatti Sonata for intermediate level guitar player

Post by powis55 » Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:58 am

Thank you all for your suggestions. Will post my attempts!
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Re: "Easy" Scarlatti Sonata for intermediate level guitar player

Post by Altophile » Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:45 pm

oski79 wrote:
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:54 am
208 only looks/sounds easy...
Yeah, I learned the hard way years ago that how "easy" something looks/sounds can be *very* deceiving. Joy of Man's Desiring by David Qualey sounded rather difficult to me, but turned out to be pretty easy to play, while Stanley Myers's Cavatina sounds rather easy, but turned out to be a hand-buster (for me).

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