Scarlatti/Vivaldi cdc 006/007
in Si minore K27
have detached him by force from Naples, where although
there was room for his talent, his talent was not
for such a place. I am removing him also from Rome,
because Rome has no shelter for Music, which here
lives in beggary. This son of mine is an eagle whose
wings are grown. He must not remain idle in the nest,
and I must not hinder his flight."
is how Domenico’s father, Alessandro, wrote about
his promising son when he decided to send him to Venice
"to make his fortune". His father was well aware of
his enormous potential, of his very great qualities.
Domenico was active in all the fields of musical composition.
He ranged from theatrical works (where he made his
to religious music (his "Stabat Mater a 10 Voci e
Continuo" is an authentic masterpiece). He also dedicated
himself to compositions for the harpsichord and it was
here that he demonstrated his true greatness and created
an artistic ideal which is amongst the most luminous of
know only about the essential elements and features of
his life. He
was born the son of a Neapolitan musician, wandered like
a pilgrim in a number of Italian cities, and dedicated
himself to "his" chamber music in Madrid. During his lifetime
he achieved the reputation of being an excellent harpsichord
player equal to his contemporary Handel.
do we know about his personality, his character, his way
of thinking? Almost nothing. But his works speak for him,
above all his "Sonatas for Harpsichord", those
monuments to Eurospean culture of the early eighteenth
century. As a composer he produced 15 operas (some of
which are lost or incomplete), 555 sonatas for harpsichord,
15 works of religious music, various compositions of a
non-religious character, and 45 cantatas and arias. He
was also a great innovator in the technical use of the
in Naples (26th October), the seventh son
of Alessandro, a figure of notable importance in the
musical world of the Neapolitan court, and of Antonia
Anzalone. From his father he received his first musical
organist and composer of music of the Naples Royal
with his father to Florence were he composes his first
official pieces (three cantatas). At the end of the
year he returned to Naples to begin his works as a
composer for the theatre (he would write about fifteen
in the world of theatre with "L’Ottavia Ristituita
al Trono". The whole of the Scarlatti family involved
in the production.
Venice to finish his studies under the guidance of
Francesco Gasperini, the Chapel Master of the Ospedale
della Pietà. Meets Vivaldi and Handel. Engaged in
a contest of talent and ability with the latter in
playng the organ and the harpsichord (1709).
to the Master of the Giulia Chapel (S. Pietro), Tommaso
Bai. After the latter’s death in 1714 appointed to
the post on a salary of 15 scudos a month. Retains
the position until 1719.
theatrical career comes to an end with the performance
of "Berenice Regina d’Egitto" at the Capranica
Theatre in Rome.
Lisbon in the service of JohnV Chapel Master of the
cathedral. Composed chiefly religious music.
again in Italy (Rome and Naples).
to M.C. Gentili, by whom he had five children.
to seville as Maestro to the Infanta Maria Barbara
di Braganza. With her then also moves to Madrid in
collection of thirty "Essercizi per Gravicembalo"
published in London.
Married to A.M.Ximenes after the death of his first
wife. Four children follow.
the accession to the throne of Prince Ferdinand (VI)
given the title "Master to the Catholic Kings".
last work we know about is published: "Salve Regina"
contains excellent religious music.
in Madrid in Callee de Laganitas. Buried in the Church
of San Norberto.
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