October 1, 2021
Hank Knox found himself, like many musicians, with a lot of time on his hands due to the pandemic. He therefore spent the past 10 months immersing himself completely in the 30-piece sonata collection, Essercizi Per Gravicembalo, by Domenico Scarlatti. Knox’s recording of the Essercizi Per Gravicembalo offers the listener a view into Scarlatti’s richly inventive and imaginative work that was first published in 1739 in London, England.
Essercizi Per Gravicembalo, meaning “Exercises for Harpsichord,” is a virtuosic composition that has been in uninterrupted print since its’ publication 275 years ago. The work has been arranged and transformed notably by George Fredric Handel and Johannes Brahms, and edited by famous pianists and pedagogues such as Muzio Clementi and Carl Czerny. The work is largely a compilation of manuscripts and reworking of sonatas from the past thirty years of Scarlatti’s life. The piece was dedicated to King John V of Portugal, whom was the father of longtime pupil, Queen Maria Barabra.Album Booklet