Thanks David. It' always nice to introduce people to a composer they did not know. I deeply love Rodrigo with his unique blend of archaism and modernism. I'm just watching a documentary about him on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huhKfYUbkyA
, unfortunately in Spanish with Italian subtitles but I can pick up enough of the Italian to follow the thread. Very moving how his wife was devoted to being the blind composer's eyes, and to see these two sweet old people playing piano together. I'd have liked to know them.
Ornaments are the bane of my existence ( I love
) and I have great trouble with them too. They're driving me to despair in a Scarlatti sonata I'm working on. Generally, I find that it helps taking just a fraction more time for them, never rush, and use the thumb and third finger wherever possible, even if that means some awkward fingering afterwards. I'd love to be able just to leave them out if they're hard... but I don't feel that is right.