Domenico Scarlatti
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1685-10-26
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Biography

One of music’s great individualists, Domenico Scarlatti was born in Naples in 1685, the son of one of the most famous musicians of the day, Alessandro Scarlatti. Alessandro was primarily a composer of opera and church music, and in the ...

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One of music’s great individualists, Domenico Scarlatti was born in Naples in 1685, the son of one of the most famous musicians of the day, Alessandro Scarlatti. Alessandro was primarily a composer of opera and church music, and in the early part of his career Domenico seemed to be heading in the same direction, first in Naples, then in Venice and finally in Rome, where in 1713 he became assistant and later maestro at the Cappella Giulia at St Peter’s.

It was his similar, parallel appointment at the private chapel of the Portuguese ambassador, however, that seems to have changed his life, as it was presumably this contact which led to his departure from Italy in the early 1720s to take charge of the patriarchal chapel in Lisbon. There he also acted as harpsichord tutor to the king’s daughter, the Infanta Maria Barbara, and when in 1728 she married the Spanish Crown Prince Fernando, Scarlatti followed her to Madrid. He was to remain a member of the Spanish royal household, apparently quite content with duties confined to teaching and playing the harpsichord, until his death nearly thirty years later.

Scarlatti’s reputation today rightly rests on his harpsichord sonatas – over 500 of them, mostly written for Maria Barbara – which over the years have been a treasured part of the repertoires of harpsichordists and pianists alike. Though few depart from a standardised and simple formal design – a single movement in two repeated halves – their virtuoso techniques and quirky surprises mark them out as the work of a highly active imagination, while their rhythmic vigour, harmonic sensuousness, open air excitement and drowsy lyricism seem a clear response to the seductive atmosphere of his adopted Spanish homeland.

Scarlatti’s vocal output is generally more conventional; a handful of secular chamber cantatas written in Spain echo the extrovert fantasy of the sonatas, but the church music he produced in Rome is mostly in the consciously conservative style favoured by the authorities there, and only the austerely expressive choral Stabat Mater and a beautiful late, Spanish Salve regina for soprano and strings have found a regular place in the modern-day repertoire. Much of the music of the 15-or-so operas he composed for Naples and Rome is lost. Frustratingly sketchy, also, are details of his character, from which we are perhaps left to conclude that, for one with such a strong creative personality, he was an unusually retiring man.

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Trevor Pinnock & Domenico Scarlatti
Sonata in F minor, Kk519
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Sonata in F minor, Kk519 Sonata in F minor, Kk519 Sonata in F minor, Kk519 Sonata in F minor, Kk519
Ralph Kirkpatrick & Domenico Scarlatti
Sonata in E major K381
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Sonata in E major K381 Sonata in E major K381 Sonata in E major K381 Sonata in E major K381
Ton Koopman & Domenico Scarlatti
Sonata for Keyboard in D minor, K18
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Sonata for Keyboard in D minor, K18 Sonata for Keyboard in D minor, K18 Sonata for Keyboard in D minor, K18 Sonata for Keyboard in D minor, K18
Scott Ross & Domenico Scarlatti
Sonata, K9 'Pastoral'
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Sonata, K9 'Pastoral' Sonata, K9 'Pastoral' Sonata, K9 'Pastoral' Sonata, K9 'Pastoral'
Alexandre Tharaud & Domenico Scarlatti
Sonata (Kk.430) in D major
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Sonata (Kk.430) in D major Sonata (Kk.430) in D major Sonata (Kk.430) in D major Sonata (Kk.430) in D major
Andreas Staier & Domenico Scarlatti
Sonata in D major (K.96)
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Sonata in D major (K.96) Sonata in D major (K.96) Sonata in D major (K.96) Sonata in D major (K.96)
Trevor Pinnock & Domenico Scarlatti
Sonata in D K.492
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Sonata in D K.492 Sonata in D K.492 Sonata in D K.492 Sonata in D K.492
Alexandre Tharaud & Domenico Scarlatti
Sonata (Kk.514) in C major
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Sonata (Kk.514) in C major Sonata (Kk.514) in C major Sonata (Kk.514) in C major Sonata (Kk.514) in C major
Avi Avital, Domenico Scarlatti & Shalev Ad-El
Sonata in G (Kk.91) (arranged for mandolin and harpsichord)
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Sonata in G (Kk.91) (arranged for mandolin and harpsichord) Sonata in G (Kk.91) (arranged for mandolin and harpsichord) Sonata in G (Kk.91) (arranged for mandolin and harpsichord) Sonata in G (Kk.91) (arranged for mandolin and harpsichord)
Domenico Scarlatti & Louis Schwizgebel
Sonata in G, Kk104
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Sonata in G, Kk104 Sonata in G, Kk104 Sonata in G, Kk104 Sonata in G, Kk104
Domenico Scarlatti & Louis Schwizgebel
Sonata in B minor, Kk27
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Sonata in B minor, Kk27 Sonata in B minor, Kk27 Sonata in B minor, Kk27 Sonata in B minor, Kk27
András Keller, Domenico Scarlatti & Concerto Köln
Sinfonia in G major
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Sinfonia in G major Sinfonia in G major Sinfonia in G major Sinfonia in G major
Murray Perahia & Domenico Scarlatti
Sonata (Kk.206) in E major
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Sonata (Kk.206) in E major Sonata (Kk.206) in E major Sonata (Kk.206) in E major Sonata (Kk.206) in E major
Domenico Scarlatti & Louis Schwizgebel
Sonata in G, Kk455
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Sonata in G, Kk455 Sonata in G, Kk455 Sonata in G, Kk455 Sonata in G, Kk455
Domenico Scarlatti & Louis Schwizgebel
Sonata in E, Kk380
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Sonata in E, Kk380 Sonata in E, Kk380 Sonata in E, Kk380 Sonata in E, Kk380
Domenico Scarlatti & Ilze Graubina
Sonata in C major (K.420)
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Sonata in C major (K.420) Sonata in C major (K.420) Sonata in C major (K.420) Sonata in C major (K.420)
Anne Queffélec & Domenico Scarlatti
Sonata (Kk.9) in D minor "Pastorale"
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Sonata (Kk.9) in D minor "Pastorale" Sonata (Kk.9) in D minor "Pastorale" Sonata (Kk.9) in D minor "Pastorale" Sonata (Kk.9) in D minor "Pastorale"
Domenico Scarlatti & Benjamin Grosvenor
Sonata in D minor Kk.141
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Sonata in D minor Kk.141 Sonata in D minor Kk.141 Sonata in D minor Kk.141 Sonata in D minor Kk.141
Domenico Scarlatti & Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
3 Sonatas for piano
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Domenico Scarlatti & Eduard Kunz
Sonata (Kk. 87) in B minor
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Sonata (Kk. 87) in B minor Sonata (Kk. 87) in B minor Sonata (Kk. 87) in B minor Sonata (Kk. 87) in B minor
Domenico Scarlatti & Anne Queffélec
Sonata in C major K.420
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Sonata in C major K.420 Sonata in C major K.420 Sonata in C major K.420 Sonata in C major K.420
Domenico Scarlatti & Claire Huangci
3 keyboard sonatas
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Domenico Scarlatti & Vladimir Horowitz
Sonata in F major Kk.525
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Sonata in F major Kk.525 Sonata in F major Kk.525 Sonata in F major Kk.525 Sonata in F major Kk.525
Domenico Scarlatti & Murray Perahia
Sonata (Kk.247) in C sharp minor
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Sonata (Kk.247) in C sharp minor Sonata (Kk.247) in C sharp minor Sonata (Kk.247) in C sharp minor Sonata (Kk.247) in C sharp minor
Domenico Scarlatti & Sophie Yates
Sonata (Kk.24) in A major
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Sonata (Kk.24) in A major Sonata (Kk.24) in A major Sonata (Kk.24) in A major Sonata (Kk.24) in A major
Marina Koka & Domenico Scarlatti
Sonata in F Minor K466
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Sonata in F Minor K466 Sonata in F Minor K466 Sonata in F Minor K466 Sonata in F Minor K466
Domenico Scarlatti & Angela Hewitt
Sonata K.159 in C
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Sonata K.159 in C Sonata K.159 in C Sonata K.159 in C Sonata K.159 in C
Dejan Lazić & Domenico Scarlatti
Sonata in C major Kk.159: Allegro
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Sonata in C major Kk.159: Allegro Sonata in C major Kk.159: Allegro Sonata in C major Kk.159: Allegro Sonata in C major Kk.159: Allegro
Avi Avital, Domenico Scarlatti & Shalev Ad-El
Sonata for Mandolin in D minor k.90
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Sonata for Mandolin in D minor k.90 Sonata for Mandolin in D minor k.90 Sonata for Mandolin in D minor k.90 Sonata for Mandolin in D minor k.90
Domenico Scarlatti & Alicia de Larrocha
Sonata in D minor, K.9
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Sonata in D minor, K.9 Sonata in D minor, K.9 Sonata in D minor, K.9 Sonata in D minor, K.9
Domenico Scarlatti & Anne Queffélec
Sonata in A, K279
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Sonata in A, K279 Sonata in A, K279 Sonata in A, K279 Sonata in A, K279
Domenico Scarlatti & Khatia Buniatishvili
Sonata in E major
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Sonata in E major Sonata in E major Sonata in E major Sonata in E major
Pierre Hantaï & Domenico Scarlatti
Sonata in G major, K.314
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Sonata in G major, K.314 Sonata in G major, K.314 Sonata in G major, K.314 Sonata in G major, K.314
Domenico Scarlatti & Mie Miki
Sonata in C minor, K.11
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Sonata in C minor, K.11 Sonata in C minor, K.11 Sonata in C minor, K.11 Sonata in C minor, K.11
Domenico Scarlatti & Béla Bartók
Keyboard Sonata in B flat major Kk.70
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Keyboard Sonata in B flat major Kk.70 Keyboard Sonata in B flat major Kk.70 Keyboard Sonata in B flat major Kk.70 Keyboard Sonata in B flat major Kk.70
Domenico Scarlatti & Béla Bartók
Keyboard Sonata in A major Kk.212
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Keyboard Sonata in A major Kk.212 Keyboard Sonata in A major Kk.212 Keyboard Sonata in A major Kk.212 Keyboard Sonata in A major Kk.212
Domenico Scarlatti & Béla Bartók
Keyboard Sonata in G major Kk.427
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Keyboard Sonata in G major Kk.427 Keyboard Sonata in G major Kk.427 Keyboard Sonata in G major Kk.427 Keyboard Sonata in G major Kk.427
Domenico Scarlatti & Wendy Carlos
Sonata in E major, K.531
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Sonata in E major, K.531 Sonata in E major, K.531 Sonata in E major, K.531 Sonata in E major, K.531
Domenico Scarlatti & Zuzana Růžičková
Sonata in C major, K. 406
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Sonata in C major, K. 406 Sonata in C major, K. 406 Sonata in C major, K. 406 Sonata in C major, K. 406
Domenico Scarlatti & Ivo Pogorelich
Sonata K.13 in G major
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Sonata K.13 in G major Sonata K.13 in G major Sonata K.13 in G major Sonata K.13 in G major
Ilze Graubina & Domenico Scarlatti
Sonata in A major, Kk.208
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Sonata in A major, Kk.208 Sonata in A major, Kk.208 Sonata in A major, Kk.208 Sonata in A major, Kk.208
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