Handel. Sonata in G major for harpsichord, HWV 579
In his famous 'trial of skill' with Domenico Scarlatti, which happened in Rome 1708, Handel improvised a sonata in G Major. In our edition we publish the two surviving versions of this work. One version is explicitly designed for a harpsichord with two manuals, and it is especially interesting because Handel notated the music on four staves. The Handel specialist Graham Pont explains in his preface that this piece was subsequently reworked and reused several times by Handel and others to become one of the most popular works for keyboardin the eighteenth century.
Editor: Günter von Zadow.