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Domenico Scarlatti

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Again available in paperback, this definitive work on the genius of Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) is the result of twelve years of devoted effort by America's foremost harpsichordist and one of the principal authorities on eighteenth-century harpsichord music. Mr. Kirkpatrick traveled extensively to collect material that has tripled the known facts about Scarlatti's life,
Paperback, 544 pages
Published December 21st 1983 by Princeton University Press (first published October 1st 1953)
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Millions of glassy shards of biographical detail embedded in a marshmallow of soft-focus historical context. Reads a bit like a JL Borges fictional biography.
Domenico Scarlatti (b. Oct. 26, 1685, in Naples; d. July 23, 1757, in Madrid) was the sixth son of Alessandro Scarlatti. The father no doubt exposed Domenico to the best possible training in Naples, taking him in about 1708 to Venice to study with Francesco Gasparini (1668-1727), himself a pupil of Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713). From Venice the younger Scarlatti journeyed to Rome — with Handel, according to report — where both performed before Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni. About 1720 he moved to Lis ...more
Douglas Larson
I have read only snatches of this. The grasp and understanding that Kirkpatrick has of Domenico Scarlatti is immense. I believe that he is considered the definitive authority on the composer. However, the sheer volume of text was too much for me to take in at any one time. So I have read only portions about topics or subtopics that I was interested in.
What I did read, I found useful, if a bit dry. Though I also recall being dissapointed by Kirkpatrick's discusssion of Scarlatti's use of ornamen
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