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Domenico Scarlatti

October 26, 1685 - July 23, 1757
born in Naples, Italy, composed during the Baroque period
Domenico Scarlatti began his compositional career following in the footsteps of his father Alessandro Scarlatti by writing operas, chamber cantatas, and other vocal music, but he is most remembered for his 555 keyboard sonatas, written between approximately 1719 and 1757.

It is believed that Domenico received most of his musical training from family members, but his father was the dominant figure in his life. It was Alessandro who arranged Domenico's first appointment, as organist and composer for Naples' Cappella Reale, and wanted him to continue with vocal music despite the enormous talent he had shown for keyboard music. Domenico was sent to Venice in 1705, where he met Handel, and in 1708 to Rome to become maestro di cappella to the exiled queen of Poland, Maria Casimira, and later, head of the Cappella Giulia. In these positions, he composed his operas and serenatas, and some sacred vocal works. It was also in Rome where he developed a friendship with the Portuguese ambassador, the Marquis de Fontes, which eventually led to Scarlatti's being appointed master of the royal chapel by João V of Portugal in 1719. Scarlatti was also teacher to the royal family, particularly princess Maria Barbara. Scarlatti had already written approximately 50 keyboard pieces before coming to Lisbon, but wrote many more for his students, which also included Carlos de Seixas. When Maria Barbara married Spanish prince Ferdinando, Scarlatti followed her to Spain. His first publication, 30 sonatas called "Essercizi," was issued in 1738 and sold throughout Europe. Although as King and Queen, Ferdinando and Maria Barbara introduced opera into Spain's cultural life, Scarlatti did not write any for them. However, he did assist in their private musical soirées, again writing cantatas and working with singers such as Farinelli. Scarlatti also continued to teach, and, in the last six years of his life, concentrated on organizing his sonatas in manuscripts. These one-movement sonatas are recognized as cornerstones of the keyboard repertoire, a bridge between the Baroque and the galant styles of keyboard writing. They demonstrate his facility in adapting rhythms found in contemporary Iberian popular music and his inventiveness in creating themes and developing interesting harmonies. ~ Patsy Morita, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Domenico Scarlatti 18 Sonatas

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Track List: Domenico Scarlatti: Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 6

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Track List: Domenico Scarlatti: Sacred Vocal Music

Title: Te Deum, Motet For Double Chorus & Organ In C Major
Title: Missa, For Chorus & Organ In A Minor ("La Stella")
Title: Cibavit Nos Dominus, Sacred Music For Chorus
Title: Missa, For Chorus & Organ In A Minor ("La Stella")
Title: Magnificat In D Minor, For Chorus
Title: Stabat Mater, For Double Chorus & Continuo In C Minor
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Track List: Horowitz Plays Scarlatti

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Track List: Mikhail Pletnev ~ Domenico Scarlatti - Keyboard Sonatas

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Track List: Scarlatti Piano Sonatas

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Track List: Scarlatti: Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 1

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Track List: Scarlatti: Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 2

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Track List: Scarlatti: Piano Sonatas

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Track List: Scarlatti: Sonates

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Track List: Scarlatti: Stabat Mater/Te Deum/Magnificat; Choir of Kings College, Cambridge

Title: Te Deum, Motet For Double Chorus & Organ In C Major
Title: Stabat Mater, For Double Chorus & Continuo In C Minor
Title: Miserere, Motet For Double Chorus In E Minor
Title: Magnificat In D Minor, For Chorus
Title: Laetatus Sum, Motet For Soprano, Alto, Chorus & Organ

Comments

haha, just read tapcitymama' s post
thanks Scarlatti for helping me pass math tests! :)
silasreed
It feels like meeting an old friend. Strange, yet familiar
I couldn't listen 2 Scarlattis music more than a few thousand years @ a time........ t h e n I'd have 2 change back 2 my Handel radio.....or Beethoven... . o r Doo~Wop..... . . . . o r the complete works of Bill Cosby ( as read by Mel Brooks)..... .
Anybody know where I left my medications? ? ?
Weard
Transcendent , lilting and reverential
anabong1017
I use a lot of Scar to add bliss at chaotic environment, such as work.
His friends called him Scar.
jack73dot
I have only recently this wonderful resource for the music I love the best, classical! It was a chance encounter while enjoying a scotch at a local veteran's club, and I am so very great full we met!
Scarlatti brings a smile to your heart -- these are uplifting, endlessly inventive, sparkling musical creations.
E piu molto bello...
That's like the Governator.. . . I ' l l be Bach. Oh, gawd no!!! DMB
My brain is hungry for a T-bone steak, baked potato and a Miller Draft and my soul is hungry for this music. DMB
This music is the best . Classic music does wonders for the mind and soul.
Usually I think classical music is too intellectual for studying to but maybe Scarlatti would work. It sure is nice. Anyway u slice it, classical music is good brain food. The people that do use it for studying are right in doing so.
ed_prg_1
I really like scarlatti's music.
If one ponders the notion of background music, or as some might call it musique, one may find that Scarlatti is rightly applicable to this application. . . Applicable indeed!
this is not background music. if you listen to it with divided attention such as while doing homework, you're wrong. Scarlatti is meditative, capricious, tragic, and many other things, but he is never light enough to be background fodder.
Scarlatti definitely has some of the top piano sonatas. So much depth and variety! It's also perfect music for multitasking ! I swear it helps me focus.
Underated
Ahhhhhhh...p e r f e c t for homework :)
tworobsroot
@ zhivago47
the harpsichord is also really fun for playing Bach preludes/fug u e s ! I know this from personal experience :)
This guy gets a gold star!~
what a pimp
I have loved Scarlatti for decades. I just hope my Vivaldi-Scar l a t t i station won't play any of his sonatas on the piano. I cringe, and turn off whatever the source is, when I hear Scarlatti played on the piano. And yes, that goes for Horowitz too. If Horowitz loved Scarlatti, he should have played him on the harpsichord.
Scarlatti has given me pleasure for years... Not as much as J.S. Bach or Beethoven or Mozart, but one needs variety.
Love Scarlatti's work although much of it is similar.
Clarity personified.
rnnyhoff1
What an absolute genius. The music radiates under the fingers of the Vladimir Horwitz.
Scarlatti's work is outstanding… s o alive! I choose my Scalatti station whenever I need to do some brilliant work, because his is! Very inspirationa l .
Its great. One of my favorites
criseldajuar e z
he work is absolutely wonderful!
This is quite fascinating.
ednbobbie
My comment about Mr. Scarlatti is almost word for word what I recently said about Mr. Clamenti. While neither of them make my "top five" list, they both make my "top ten" list. In both cases, their music is delightful to listn to. Thanks again, Ed
oui33
Good stuff! Scarlatti's keyboard sonatas are underrated.
My favorite artist of this style, wow

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