World Music Exploration - Fandango by Antonio Soler

The first time I heard the music of Soler was at the Honens International Piano Competition. The sonata reminded me a bit of Domenico Scarlatti's music.Years later, I learned his Sonata in c# minor, which was a lot of fun:
This week, I'm introducing Padre Antonio Soler to my students. This Spanish (more specifically, Catalan) priest and composer lived  from 1729 - 1783. He is best known for his 120 keyboard sonatas. Soler also composed chamber music, organ concerti and liturgical music.
My ears did not deceive me all those years ago. There is also a Scarlatti connection. Soler was a pupil of Scarlatti.
 
Here is the clip I'm sharing with my students. The harpsichordist is Mayako Sone from Japan:
 
 
The fandango is a Spanish dance. It's a spirited dance in triple meter, usually played on guitar and castanets. It can be sung as well.
If you're up for a challenge, you can get your sheet music for Fandango here:
Fandango look inside Fandango By P. Antonio Soler. Edited by Samuel Rubio. For Piano. Music Sales America. Baroque. 28 pages. Union Musical Ediciones #UMP21604. Published by Union Musical Ediciones (HL.14030574)...more info
 
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