Piano Collection: 2022a

John Loeillet, A.Scarlatti, Merkel, A.Soler, J.C.Smith

Running time: about 72 minutes
John Loeillet (1-6): Suite 5
A.Scarlatti (7): Toccata no. 2
Gustave Merkel (8-10): Two Preludes Eb,G & Allegretto
J.C.Smith (11-20): Harpsichord Suite 8 in Cm
A.Soler (21): Sonata 164
John Loeillet (22-27): Suite 6
J.C.Smith(28-34): Suite 9

J.C.Smith was the son of Johann Schmidt, Handel's amanuensis. Here are his last two Suites. No. 8 seems to have been modelled on Handel's 'Harmonious Blacksmith' suite. I have varied the material on the repeats, as was the custom. Loeillet Suite 5 has been largely rewritten. I have also made minor alterations to Suite 6. The Soler is a recent discovery. The Scarlatti toccatas deserve wider popularity; they are well-written and very suitable for the piano.

Played and recorded by Nigel Deacon, Mar - Jun 2022 Sutton Elms Publications, Midlands, UK. Copyright. On Youtube as suttonelms1 http://www.suttonelms.org.uk; email:diversity@suttonelms.org.uk

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