Just think, if we called this “Scarlatti Sunday” we could cover more than 550 Sundays on the composer’s Sonatas alone. (Actually I don’t have a clue how many of those Baroque keyboard Sonatas have be arranged for guitar by this point; quite a few, though.) But from what I can tell, Segovia only transcribed and recorded two different ones: L352, which is featured in this video (he first recorded it in 1944, but it wasn’t released on a 78 until 1953), and L79. Perhaps because Segovia recorded it, L352 has been a popular choice of modern guitarists, and it’s certainly the case that the Maestro even taking on Scarlatti to begin with influenced future generations of players to investigate those works for their potential as guitar pieces. —Blair Jackson


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The prolific Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)