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Published on Aug 25, 2015
Richard Trythall's SUITE, "Quattro Esercizi di Fantasia" for Amplified Harpsichord and Pre-recorded Sounds, is based upon the music and personage of Domenico Scarlatti. It is comprised of four movements: 1. Overture: Flight of Fancy 2. Aria: Dialogue with a Restless Memory 3. Cadenza: Command Performance 4. Gavota: Fireworks in the Royal Gardens. The material, both for the soloist and the tape manipulations, is derived primarily from three of Scarlatti's Harpsichord Sonatas: K.244, K. 322 and K. 64. The work was composed in 1973 and is dedicated to the Italian harpsichordist, Mariolina De Robertis, who commissioned it, premiered it, and whose brilliant performance of these works served as the basis for the subsequent tape manipulations. NB: Because of the density of the tape events and the importance of spatial location in clarifying their textures, it is highly recommended that this music is heard through high quality stereo earphones or speakers.