What are some interesting rhythm challenges found in intermediate-level Scarlatti Sonatas?

​The music of Scarlatti appears to be frequently overlooked by many teachers. It is more common to hear intermediate-level pianists playing much more of the music of other Baroque composers such as J.S. Bach. Part of the challenge for us as teachers is simply that there is so much of Scarlatti's music available, it is an overwhelming wealth of...
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What have I learned being an editor of the Rhythm Department?

I once heard it said that no one learns more at a clinic than the clinician. As strange as that may sound, based on my own experiences, I believe it is true and it applies to more than just workshops. When someone is put in charge of something, an interesting phenomenon occurs - one perceives more and ponders it more deeply. An extra sensitivi...
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How do you get students to really play the rests in their pieces?

Introduction This same question appeared in the Rhythm Department almost nine years ago in the Winter 1997 issue of Keyboard Companion. Three excellent teachers - Linda Poquette, Steven Rosenfeld, and Mary Jane Clarke - presented insightful ideas, and a lot of ground was covered. I invite you to look (again!) at those essays in your library of...
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