Miguel Espona Keyboard Music

Espona, sometimes, is as good as Scarlatti, but you have to be selective. (though it must be said that some Scarlatti is a bit ordinary, and a lot more is so awkward to play, with its cross-hands work, that it's best avoided)

Here are my experiences with the pieces published by Scala Aretina in 2001 - the "Clavichord or Harpsichord Sonatas". *** denotes an outstanding piece worthy of serious practice and good enough to record on cd.

Very beautiful. Vary the ornamentation on the repeat, and do not be afraid of adding extra ornamentation in rh and lh. For example: bar 59 - mordents on the strong beats, rh; bar 61 - fill in the gaps in the left hand, so you play Bb-A-G, C#-B-A, A-G-F with the first two notes of each "triplet" being demisemiquavers. This can be done in various places throughout the piece.

Another excellent sonata in Dm. Half the ornaments, however, seem to be missing. For example, mordents on second beat of bars 16, 18, 20, 22, 27 and many others...Fill in some of the gaps in the rh, e.g. bar 34 - could play semiquaver B-A instead of quaver B on the 5th note, also bar 72: play semiquaver E-D instead of quaver E on 5th note. Bar 74 - play semiquaver E-D instead of quaver E on 5th note. The printed score is not a holy relic - it is a framework around which you work.

Back to top

Radio Plays
Wine Making
Cosby Methodist Church
Gokart Racing
Links to other sites
Contact Us