Domenico Scarlatti: Notes and Commentary

“In writing new music for the harpsichord, and in opening thereby new vistas for harpsichord performance, only Domenico Scarlatti can rival the significance of Couperin-le-Grand. It is by his remarkable harpsichord pieces that he has secured a historic place in music.”—David Ewen, The Complete Book of Classical Music

Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti was an Italian composer who spent much of his life in the service of the Portuguese and Spanish royal families. He is classified as a Baroque composer chronologically, although his music was influential in the development of the Classical style. Like his renowned father Alessandro Scarlatti he composed in a variety of musical forms, although today he is known mainly for his 555 keyboard sonatas. He was the sixth of ten children of the composer and teacher Alessandro Scarlatti. He lived from October 26, 1685, to July 23, 1757.—Excerpted from Wikipedia

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