Sonata in G Major, K. 431: III. Allegro by Luke Trimble, guitarist published on 2013/03/27 03:18:31 +0000 From the 2012 recording by guitarist Luke Trimble & cellist Matthew Keating titled "Lines, Color & Form: Music of Bryan Johanson" Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) was an Italian composer who spent much of his life in the service of Portuguese and Spanish royal families. His fame rests almost exclusively on music for solo keyboard and is best known for the roughly 555 keyboard sonatas composed in Madrid during the last 25 years of his life. His sonatas reflect a colorful and emotional Iberian way of life: the fire of flamenco, the click of castanets, the strumming of guitars and the thump of muffled drums. And yet they manage to retain many Italian elements, not infrequently preserving the bel canto style. While his music is most intimately bound with the sound of the harpsicord, these Iberian ingredients alongside the plucked strings of the harpsicord make for a natural transition to the guitar. Johanson’s inclusion of the cello among these transcriptions — marked with impeccable legato, graceful phrasing, and and agile flexible technique — highlight the hallmarks of an Italian-originated bel canto style that prevailed throughout most of Europe during the 18th century.