Sonata per Cembalo (2001)
I began this piece while attending Arthur Haas' workshop in continuo realization at Eastman School of Music in the summer of 2001. As I toiled at the realization of figured basses, I realized how much I relished the rich, crunchy feeling of the harpsichord. I began playing around with some ideas with a pronounced jazzy groove; eventually I decided to work these ideas into a piece modeled after the sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti.
As soon as I began working on the piece, I thought of Gabriel Shuford, an elegant jazz pianist as well as a fine harpsichordist. The recording here is of Gabe’s premiere of the work at Stony Brook University in 2002.
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