Six Lessons for Harpsichord or Piano
Lesson I in C Major
Lesson II in A Major
Lesson III in D Major
Lesson IV in E Major
Lesson V in G major
Lesson VI in B-flat Major
Little is known about the life of Elizabeth Hardin except that she flourished in the eighteenth century, published this volume in 1770, and was the organist of St. Peter-le-Poor, Broad Street in London.
This volume was originally published in 1770.
These Six Lessons are short repeated two-part forms (except for Lesson IV), with no dynamic markings indicated and little ornamentation. All these Lessons are mainly two-voice textures, with engaging melodies, Alberti bass, primary chords, interesting control of harmonic language, phrase repetitions, echoes, and with some cross hand virtuosity. These charming lessons have a music box quality. They feature hand crossovers in the Scarlatti fashion.
Recorded on CD, Sonatas by Elizabeth, Hester Park CD 7702.