Scarlatti, Domenico: Rapidshare, Blogspot, MegauploadScarlatti, Domenico
Italian Baroque composer, famously born in 1685 (d. 1757), the same year as the two other Baroque masters, Johann Sebastian Bach
, and George Frideric Handel
. Though in his earlier years he did endeavor to write chamber and church/vocal music (including a Stabat Mater), it was little more than a pale reflection of the work of his father, Alessandro Scarlatti (1660 - 1725). Nearing old age he moved to Spain, where during the last five years of his life he composed an unheard of amount of music, comprising the massive bulk of his strikingly inventive and beautiful five hundred-odd keyboard sonatas for which he is famous. The sheer creativity and lyricism of these works cannot be overestimated.
All of his keyboard sonatas are written in binary sonata form: the first half introduces the main motivic material for the piece, which Scarlatti then explores through contrasting counter-themes, and this first section is then repeated. The second half usually employs a modulation to the parallel minor or dominant key (depending if it's in major or minor), which then "responds" to the first section with a derivation of the original motivic progressions of the first half.Sheetmusic (100 MB)
for (almost) all of the keyboard sonatas - the numbers are based off of the Longo catalogingIndex of Sonata #s
in the Longo, Kirkpatrick, and Pestelli cataloguesHarpsichord Sonatas, performed by Anthony Newman
The tracklisting for this recording organizes the sonatas as mock "suites", grouping several sonatas of the same key that exhibit similar or complementary aesthetics. Included in the folder is a text file containing more information about this.
K.519Alexandre Tharaud plays ScarlattiDomenico Scarlatti - Complete Keyboard Sonatas Vol. 5
Benjamin Frith, piano