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Today’s Memory – Domenico Scarlatti

Domenico Scarlatti

26 October 1685, Naples – 23 July 1757, Madrid


Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti was an Italian composer who spent much of his life in the service of the Portuguese and Spanish royal families.

Domenico, the son of the famous composer of vocal music Alessandro Scarlatti, was born in the same year as J.S. Bach and G.F. Handel.

His first operas, L’Ottavia restituita al trono and Il Giustino, were produced in 1703.

L’Ottavia restituita al Trono • Cappella Della Pietà De’Turchini, Conductor Antonio Florio

By 1713 Scarlatti had established relations with the Vatican, and from 1714 to 1719 he held the position of musical director of the Julian Chapel at St. Peter’s.

Domenico Scarlatti – Piano Sonate in F minor L.118

Of the surviving church music that appears to date from this time, only the 10-voice Stabat Mater gives a hint of the genius that was to find its long-delayed flowering in the harpsichord sonatas.

He is classified as a Baroque composer chronologically, although his music was influential in the development of the Classical style. Domenico Scarlatti composed in a variety of musical forms, although today he is known mainly for his 555 keyboard sonatas, which substantially expanded the technical and musical possibilities of the harpsichord.

More on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domenico_Scarlatti

În limba română: https://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domenico_Scarlatti

 

Magnificat • Immortal Bach Ensamble, Conductor Morten Schuldt-Jensen

 

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