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Scarlatti Masterpieces for Solo Piano: 47 Works (Dover Music for Piano) Paperback – June 24, 1999


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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Music for Piano
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (June 24, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486408515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486408514
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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And Scarlatti makes a wonderful break from all Bach all the time.
Dillon J. Ekle
I am an amateur but I do like having a number of volumes of music by different composers in my collection.
Christine S. Smith
That means worry about if all the notes are there so you can sound off whatever you see.
Juston Freeman

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By shraon552 on October 30, 2010
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I love it! The selections are fun, and the interpretive markings (i.e. dynamics) provided by the editor are very good. After playing from this book I can finally do a good Baroque style. Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By blodfon on July 24, 2013
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About 40 of the 47 works are great and 20 of them are masterpieces of the specific era.
Amazing music and a best collection.Period.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 27, 2014
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two stars because it is Scarlatti, not more, because it is a bad edition, really bad, not the kind for which I usually like Dover, heavily edited, more slurs, articulation and dynamic mars, fingerings etc. than original notes.

At second look, I see it's edited by Alessandro Longo, the famous, for Ricordi, in Milan, 1906-1908. Well, it's a hundred years and more ago, times change, I think I have been too harsh. It sure is of historical value. I imagine that then, with only very rare audio recording technology, it must have been for most players, barely emerging from the fogs and volcanoes of the late Romantic period, to have a specialist's guidance for how Scarlatti might be approached.

So I add two stars to my original two, in honor of the great forefathers of the 20th century's pioneers of the revival of earlier music.

However it's more like lessons in Scarlatti than like the texts, so it really depends on your preference and personal needs.

Alessandro Longo (31 December 1864 - 3 November 1945) was an Italian composer and musicologist.

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Longo was born in Amantea. After studying at the Naples Conservatory under Beniamino Cesi (and composition under Paolo Serrao), he began teaching piano at his alma mater in 1887, deputizing for Cesi as pianoforte professor, and succeeded him in 1897. As a pianist, Longo often played in chamber ensemble with the Ferni Quartet, and with the Quartetto Napoletano (with Cantani, Parmiciano, Scarano and Viterbini). He founded various musical institutions in Naples, and gained a high reputation as a concert pianist. In 1914 he began editing the review L'Arte Pianistica.[1] He became Director of the Naples Conservatory in 1944, and died in Naples the following year, aged 80.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Juston Freeman on April 27, 2012
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Yes, the paper is rather thin, and the cover is ratchet. With that being said, the notes are all there and in this volume, one of intelligence shall recognize immediately that these are some of Scarlatti's best sonatas put into one album. If one is a thorough musician, they shall observe sooner than later, that the editor has incorporated dynamics and treatments of rhythms from the legendary, unsurpassed, definitive and celebrated Scarlatti recordings by the late Vladimir Horowitz.

Music is not appreciated because it sits looking appetizing on a piano's music stand. Music is appreciated when it sounds off appropriately and properly in accorded circumstances. That means worry about if all the notes are there so you can sound off whatever you see. This edition is extremely cheap and when I sounded off the music in sight, I immediately felt like a winner. A good purchase you will always know, for you will walk away feeling like a champion.

Juston Bourgie
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dillon J. Ekle on December 4, 2013
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This is a nice edition, though it contains all the editorial bits from Longo (the dynamic markings and the pedal markings go a little too far if you are going for a historically informed harpsichord-ish performance). The collection of pieces, though, is wonderful. If you like baroque music but don't have much of a repertoire, this is a great addition to your library. And Scarlatti makes a wonderful break from all Bach all the time. Some require more work than others, having lots of jumping the left hand back and forth or a lot of contrapuntal action, while others can be worked up fairly quickly if you're in a pinch and just need a nice baroque piece to play.

As with other Dover "lay-flat" editions, it does lay fairly flat eventually, but you will have to work with it for a good while before that happens.
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