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scarlatti domenico

title page engraving from Essercizi
A new look at the keyboard sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti
for people who use both sides of their brain.

Domenico Scarlatti, born October 26 1685 Napoli, died July 23 1757 Madrid, composed some of the most beautiful music of all time. This site provides the background for studying and listening to his nearly 600 pieces for solo keyboard instruments.

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Use the navigation links underlined below or at the tops of pages to reach the files in this website (the pdf files, shown in red,  should open in a new window) which are, with date of latest revision:

Cogito (my premises and conclusions) 12-17-13

Curriculum (dates in Scarlatti’s life) 11-1-13

Citations (bibliography of works I used) 11-1-13

Conversion of Kirkpatrick numbers to primary sources; calendar for 2014 with matching Parma and Venezia numbers 12-16-13

Catalogue (all of the accepted Scarlatti sonatas, and many of the doubtful ones); through this launch page there are links to the full Catalogue pdf file 1-23-14

Collections (18th century Scarlatti source collections and their contents); launch page to the full Collections pdf file 1-22-14

Card games (experiments to determine the order in which some of the collections were compiled); launch page to the full Card games pdf file 7-9-13

Contemporaries (keyboard pieces by other composers in collections arranged somewhat like Scarlatti’s); launch page to the full Contemporaries pdf file 11-6-13

Chronology (methods used to assign dates to the sonatas) 6-19-13

Chart of sonatas arranged by dates and keys 11-6-13

Characteristics (keys, themes and other features arranged in chronological tables); launch page to the full Characteristics pdf file 12-24-13

Capriccio (notes toward a definition of a Scarlatti sonata) 3-8-12

Summary of the more important changes to this website

May 2010-April 2011:

May 2011:

  • Roberto Pagano and Serguei Prozhoguin articles and Venezia online added to Citations;
  • 1739 date for Essercizi reconfirmed in spite of Prozhoguin theory (Catalogue, Collections, Card games);
  • possible direct connection of Scarlatti with Münster 4&5 scribe through Francesco Corradini and confirmation of 1754 as the actual date of copying (Collections);
  • Correspondence file appended to the website (link also at bottom of this page);
  • additions and corrections to Curriculum;
  • reasons for Scarlatti to be in Halle in 1728 discussed (Curriculum, Cogito): possible purchase of Silbermann piano for dom Antonio and possible meeting with J S Bach;
  • more Parma and Venezia calendar associations found (Capriccio, Catalogue);
  • identification of the meaning of the Parma 13:7 C to 14:4 C sequence (Catalogue);
  • association of Wien Q15116 with L'Augier investigated further (Collections);
  • possible influence of Scarlatti on Mozart through L'Augier noted (Catalogue);
  • title-page transcriptions improved (Collections, Catalogue);
  • investigation of golden section added to Albero worklist (Contemporaries);
  • Madrid-Ayerbe 11&12 maps added to Catalogue;
  • major reorganization and proofreading of the notes in the Catalogue begun

June-July 2011:

  • Catalogue notes reorganization completed;
  • Newberry Library (Chicago) case ms 5110 described and determined likely to be a late-20th century hoax (Card games);
  • more evidence of Scarlatti contact with J S Bach (1728) added to Catalogue: see Parma 10:8 d;
  • golden section identifications for most sonatas described in the Catalogue notes (in addition to the locations already given on the maps);
  • more Venezia 1742 & 1749 graphic characteristics examined (Collections and Catalogue);
  • Parma 13:7 C group of 28 sonatas explored further (Catalogue);
  • revisions to Zaragoza (Collections);
  • calendar for 2012 with Parma and Venezia numbers for each date (Conversion)

October 2011-December 2012:

  • sources now available online added: Johnson 1752 (Collections), Seixas CIC110 (Contemporaries);
  • Agueda Pedrero-Encabo citations for Barcelona and Montserrat mss, Essercizi and Rodriguez Tocatas added; maps made and her newly published sonatas attributed to Scarlatti discussed (Catalogue, Collections and Contemporaries);
  • problems with measure numbers corrected in Catalogue;
  • maps and notes for 16 doubtful sonatas or movements added to Catalogue for sources in Boivin-LeClerc, Haffner, London, Madrid, Montserrat and Paris

January-June 2013:

  • calendar for 2013 with Parma and Venezia numbers for each date (Conversion);
  • article by Tudurí-Vila and others supports my chronology (Cogito: section on dates);
  • the Orfeó Catalá manuscript added to sources, based on an article by Pedrero-Encabo (Collections; Catalogue);
  • newly available citations for Tenerife and Avila mss (Collections);
  • new details for sonatas in the Lisboa ms (Catalogue, Collections);
  • mention of Sloane's 2001 article on the ratio of major-key beginnings (Chronology)

July-December 2013

  • Duron's 2012 article on the Boivin-LeClerc editions cited  (Citations; Collections; Card games);
  • further notes on the graphics of the Venezia 1749 version of some sonatas (Catalogue, Collections); 
  • contents of New York, Morgan library Cary ms 703, brought to my attention by Serguei N Prozhoguin, added to Collections.  Four previously unknown sonatas from this source have been mapped in the Catalogue and integrated into Characteristics

January 2014

  • changes to all files continue as indicated by dates next to the list of files in this website at the beginning of this page

comments or corrections?

I began writing the materials for this website January 28 2004 and first published them here April 30 2007; this latest update posted January 24 2014

FUTURE UPDATES WILL BE IN THE NEW SITE AT www.chrishail.net/index.htm
copyright 2007-2014 Christopher Hail

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