Sonata in A major K. 209
Composed around the middle of his harpsichord sonata-writing period, which commenced when he was 53, (he was born in 1685) the two sonatas form a binary unit with contrasting rhythms and textures. The first sonata has the familiar ‘arioso’ melody, full of chromatic ornamental notes, sometimes quite remote from the key, accompanied by strumming left hand chords. The harpsichord itself supports the brilliance and poetry of the music by making the notes of the various registers clearly contrasted in their sound colour. In the second sonata a dancing image emerges as the various motifs are presented in broken form, and then cleverly assembled in the second half into a virtuoso display of great harmonic ingenuity.
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