Sonatas Arranged for Two Guitars part two

SONATAS ARRANGED FOR TWO GUITARS, PT. II Sonatas_Arranged_for_two_guitars_Part_Two

Domenico Scarlatti (arr. By Eugene Den Hoed)

Musiekuitgeverij Iduna V.O.F. 42 pp (score only)

A chance to show your facility around the fingerboard

Back in May 2014, I reviewed a book of Den Hoed’s two-guitar arrangements of some Scarlatti sonatas, and here is Part Two, with a further eight from the 550. As with the previous book, it is a score-on-ly edition, and if the book has a fault it is that there are page turns in every piece. But that is the only caveat, for as with all this Dutch writer’s work, one finds great music beautifully arranged in a very guitaristic manner, so nothing feels arti-ficial, but rather natural as if originally written for two guitars.

In this collection, you’ll find Scarlatti’s K1/L366, K472/L99, K233/L467, K159/L104, K11/L352, K377/L263, K69/ L382 and K533/L395. Six are in the orig-inal keys, with only K11 dropping from G minor to E minor, and K69 dropping a semitone from F minor to E minor, for guitaristic convenience. The musical styles within the eight are varied, with much opportunity to show your facili-ty around the fingerboard, and plenty of places where the cantabile nature of the music is ideally suited to the guitar.

All in all, it’s another fabulous book of wonderful pieces, superbly arranged for two guitars, and providing you have the necessary facility around the frets (and that is nearly all of them!) you will certainly enjoy this fine book, as will any audience you present them to.

-Chris Dumigan – Classical Guitar Magazine