Sonata in A Major, K By Domenico Featured on Domenico Scarlatti: Sonatas for Harpsichord Domenico Scarlatti: Sonatas for Solo Keyboard, Vol. Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti was an Italian composer. He is classified primarily as a Baroque composer chronologically, although his music was influential in.

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He is classified primarily as a Baroque composer chronologically, although his music was influential in the development of the Classical style and he was one of the few Baroque composers to transition into the classical period. Like his renowned father Alessandro Scarlatti svarlatti, he composed in a variety of musical forms, although today he is known mainly for his keyboard sonatas. His older brother Pietro Filippo was also a musician.

Scarlatti first studied music under his father. Muzio Clementi brought Scarlatti’s sonatas into the classical style by editing what is known to be its first publication. Soon afterwards, his father sent him to Venice. After this, nothing is known of Scarlatti’s life untilwhen he went to Rome and entered the service scrlatti the exiled Polish queen Marie Casimire.

It was in Rome that he met Thomas Roseingrave. Scarlatti was already an accomplished harpsichordist: Scarlatti has been heralded as the “greatest Italian harpsichord composer of all time”. While in Rome, Scarlatti composed several operas for Queen Casimire’s private theatre. He was Maestro di Cappella at St.

Peter’s from to In he travelled to London to direct his opera Narciso at the King’s Theatre. There he taught music to the Portuguese princess Maria Magdalena Barbara.

In he moved to Sevillestaying for four years. In he went to Madrid as music master to Princess Maria Barbara, who had married into the Spanish royal house.

The Princess later became Queen of Spain. Scarlatti remained in the country for the remaining twenty-five years of his life, and had five children there. After the death of his first wife inscaratti married a Spaniard, Anastasia Maxarti Ximenes. Among his compositions during his time in Madrid were a number of the keyboard sonatas for which he is best known. Scarlatti befriended the castrato singer Farinellia fellow Neapolitan also enjoying royal patronage in Madrid.


The musicologist and harpsichordist Ralph Kirkpatrick commented that Farinelli ‘s correspondence provides “most of the direct information about Scarlatti that has transmitted itself to our day”. Domenico Scarlatti died in Madridat the age of His residence on Calle Leganitos is designated with a historical plaque, and his descendants still live in Madrid.

He was buried at a convent there, in Madrid, but his grave no longer exists. Only a small fraction of Scarlatti’s compositions were published during his lifetime; Scarlatti himself seems to have overseen the publication in zcarlatti the most famous collection, his 30 Essercizi “Exercises”. These were well received throughout Europe, and were championed by the foremost English writer on music of the eighteenth century, Charles Burney.

The many sonatas that were unpublished during Scarlatti’s lifetime have appeared in print irregularly in the two and a half centuries since. Scarlatti’s keyboard sonatas are single movements, mostly in binary formand some in early sonata formand mostly written for the harpsichord or the earliest pianofortes. There are four for organ, and a few for small instrumental group. Some of them display harmonic audacity in their use of discords, and also unconventional modulations to remote keys.

Kirkpatrick produced an edition of the sonatas zcarlattiand the numbering from this edition is now nearly always used — the Kk. Previously, the numbering commonly used was from the edition compiled by the Neapolitan pianist Alessandro Longo L.

Kirkpatrick’s numbering is chronological, while Longo’s ordering is a result of his arbitrarily grouping the sonatas into “suites”. In the Italian musicologist Giorgio Pestelli published a revised catalog using P. Aside from his many sonatas, Scarlatti composed a number of operas and cantatas, symphonias, and liturgical pieces. Well-known works include the Stabat Mater of and the Salve Regina ofwhich is thought to be his last composition.

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