The keyboard sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti



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In the history of musical composition, there have been relatively few composers whose reputations were derived exclusively from their accomplishments in the field of keyboard composition. Chopin is an obvious example in this category. Another is Domenico Scarlatti, who is certainly one of the more unusual composers. He is also one whose musical activities and biography are confused by the conflicting reports of historians. The facts of his life are unique in themselves. Reared in the traditions of the Neapolitan school of opera which received much of its impetus from his father, Alessandro Scarlatti, his early life and works indicated that he would become an average practical composer of his generation, possessing little in the way of originality. He showed little of the spark of genius that might set him apart from his contemporaries. [...]