Harpsichord Pillow Concert


Sunday, October 26th, 2014
11:00 and 17:00
Union of the architects in Bulgaria
Sofia,11 Krakra Str.,



The Pillow Concerts’ Italian month continues with our special guest from Italy, the eminent harpsichordist Sauro Argalia. The master of the baroque instrument performs throughout Europe and is visiting Bulgaria on invitation by the Pillow Concerts. As a predecessor of the piano, the harpsichord is very much alike its contemporary relative in its outer appearance but their sound is quite different. Gentle guitar-like chords, elegant melodies, and virtuoso runs are characteristic for this instrument, developed long ago during the Middle Ages.

For the first time in our programme we will hear harpsichord works by Italian baroque composers. A special attention will be given to Domenico Scarlatti who was born on the date of the Pillow Concert, October 26, exactly 329 years ago. In addition, we will hear the Battle Dance by Bernardo Storace, the Cuckoo’s Toccata and scherzo by Bernardo Pasquini and more music by Baldassare Galuppi and Pergolesi. The musical programme will be preceded by the Pillow Workshop and followed by the Pillow Musical Lesson.

Photography: Minko Minev
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Family Ticket – 30 leva

At the concert:
Parent – 20 leva
Child – 5 leva
Max price for a family – 35 leva

The Performer:


Organist, harpsichordist and choral conductor Sauro Argalia was born in Ancona, Italy and has graduated with top honors from the conservatories in Bologna and Pesaro. Among his many specializations are a Liturgical-Musical Masterclass at the National Liturgical Office, masterclasses in organ, harpsichord and choir conducting and an extensive course with Prof. Emilia Fadini at the Musical School of Milan.
Winner of numerous competitions in organ and harpsichord, Sauro has a busy concert life performing throughout Italy, Germany, Hungary, Greece, France, Uruguay, Malta, Austria, Israel, and Morocco.
As a continuo player, Sauro Argalia has recorded two CDs with important compositions by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and several CDs with unpublished comic operas by Baldassarre Galuppi. The musician collaborates with the Accademia della Libellula Orchestra and conducts the “Città di Porto Sant’Elpidio” and the “Armando Antonelli” polyphonic choirs.
In 2012, together with Laura Pennesi, he has found the “Unìsono” association and directs its many musical projects. Sauro is also an active musicologist and has published his research articles at the prestigious “Studia Picena” magazine.


Musical programme

Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata in b minor, K 27
Bernardo Storace – Ballo della Battaglia
Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata in C Major, K 132
Bernardo Pasquini – Toccata con lo scherzo del cuculo
Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata in f minor, K 239
Baldassare Galuppi – Divertimento in C Major
Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata in E Major, K 380
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi – Sonata in F Major
Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata in E Major, K 531

Program, October 26, 2014

10:00 Pillow workshop – Free admission
11:00 Pillow concert – Tickets here
12:00 Music Lessons – Free admission

16:00 Pillow workshop – Free admission
17:00 Pillow concert – Tickets here
18:00 Music Lessons – Free admission


On Sunday, October 26th, one hour before each concert, there will be a Pillow Workshop where our little guests will be involved in arts and crafts together with the Creative team Onche Bonche. The admission for the Pillow workshop is free.


Immediately after each concert, there will be a Music lesson where the children and the parents can learn fun and new facts about the presented programme. The admission for the Music lesson is free.

​Media coverage

Концерт за клавесин и деца
Детски дневник
Поредното музикално приключение на “Концерти на възглавници” вече се задава и този път изненадата в него се нарича клавесин.
Детски дневник.

Колко дядовци има пианото?
Детски дневник
Клавесин, спинет, чембало, виржинал… – това са различни имена на един и същ инструмент, срещан из цяла Европа още от Средновековието. Или не съвсем? Разликите не са безкрайно големи и точно поради тази причина често настава объркване за кой точно инструмент става дума.
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