Domenico Scarlatti (1685–1757)
How to say the name:
‘Scarlatti’ is said like Scar-lat-tee. ‘Domenico’ is siad like ‘Dom-e-knee-co’.
26th October 1685 in Naples, Italy.
23rd July 1757 in Madrid, Spain.
Church of San Norberto in Naples.
Type of Music:
His best pieces:
- Many, many sonatas for the harpsichord! (See below for some video examples.)
Some interesting facts:
- His father, Alessandro Scarlatti, is also a fairly well-known composer.
- He was one of the main composers to create the classical period.
- He wrote over 500 sonatas for the harpsichord! In fact, Scarlatti did much to invent the idea of the ‘sonata’ the became very popular with later composers.
Scarlatti’s Sonata K. 517 for the harpsichord
And here is a video of another sonata for the harpsichord. However this time it is played on a modern piano (such pianos didn’t exist in Scarlatti’s day).
Scarlatti’s Sonata K. 20 played on a modern piano.
- Domenico Scarlatti. This is a painting by Domingo Antonio Velasco from 1738. The image is in the public domain. Click here for the source of this image, along with the relevant copyright information.
- Harpsichord Performance: Comparone Plays Scarlatti. Harpsichordist Elaine plays Sonata in D minor, K. 517 by Domenico Scarlatti on her 2-manual harpsichord built in 1968 by William Dowd. For more information: www.harpsichord.org; www.lyrichord.com.
- Pogorelich Plays Scarlatti. Scarlatti – Sonata K20.