Into spring with a jolly dance tune from master Fux

Light. © Charles Thibo

“The piece looks quite easy, but it’s misleading”, my piano teacher recently told me about a keyboard sonata written by Domenico Scarlatti, a work that I had studied for several weeks. “Quite a few hurdles for you”, he grinned, “but that’s what gives the sonata its lightness and elegance.” He spoke about the trills and other embellishments. He was right, of course, he always is, and the grace of Baroque music is what makes it attractive to me. The Austrian composer Johann Joseph Fux left us a number of light and elegant works, little known and seldom performed – enough reasons to highlight them on this blog.

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