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Not to be confused with Solfeggio.

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Solfeggietto (H 220, Wq. 117: 2) is a short solo keyboard piece in C minor composed in 1766 by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.[1] According to Powers (2002:232) the work is correctly called Solfeggio, although the Solfeggietto title is widely used today. Owens refers to the work as a toccata and describes it as C. P. E. Bach's most famous piece.[2]

The work is unusual for a keyboard piece in that the main theme and some other passages are fully monophonic, i.e. only one note is played at a time. The piece is commonly assigned to piano students and appears in many anthologies; pedagogically it fosters the playing of an even sixteenth note rhythm by alternating hands.


  1. ^ Negri (2004:2)
  2. ^ Owens (1995:235)


  • Negri, Paul (2004) Baroque Keyboard Masterpieces: 39 Works by Bach, Handel, Scarlatti, Couperin and Others. Courier Dover Publications.
  • Owens, Thomas (1995) Bebop: The music and its players. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Powers, Doris Bosworth (2002) Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: A Guide to Research. Psychology Press.

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