Organ Music of the Day: Padre Antonio Soler (1729-1783) - Concerto no.3 in G major (Maurizio Croci, Pieter van Dijk-organs)
Padre Antonio Soler (1729-1783) was one of the most prominent Spanish 18th century composers for organ. He was a student of Domenico Scarlatti. He is best known for his many keyboard sonatas and 6 organ concertos.
Soler's compositional style is rather similar to Scarlatti's - it has features of late Baroque and early Classical period. Many of Soler's pieces are multi movement works, consisting of 3 or 4 movements. Characteristically, much of his music is written in binary form, which was one of the most common musical forms of that period. The texture is light - mostly one voice per hand.
The Six organ concertos for two players can be performed on any keyboard instrument, including combination of organs of various sizes, early fortepianos, and harpsichord.