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Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti
Monday, October 1, 2018 by Sarah Folkerts | Composer of the Month
During the month of October, we're learning about a Baroque composer from Naples: Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti. Scarlatti was born in 1685 in the Kingdom of Naples (part of today's Italy, but at that time was owned by Spain.) He wrote 555 sonatas for the keyboard (that's right: five hundred fifty five!) Most of these sonatas were written for the harpsichord or the earliest "pianoforte" instruments.
You've probably heard the word "sonata" without knowing much about what it meant. A "sonata" is really just a way to organize and analyze an instrumental composition. For those students who have been learning about "form," most of Scarlatti's sonatas have only one movement which was written in binary form ("A-B form").
To learn more, look for the discussion about Scarlatti on our Facebook page and check out the Scarlatti playlist.