Domenico Scarlatti Biography
Birthday: October 26, 1685
Died At Age: 71
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Born in: Naples
Famous as: Musical Composer
Spouse/Ex-: Anastasia Maxarti Ximenes, Maria Caterina Gentili, Spaniard
father: Alessandro Scarlatti
siblings: Pietro Filippo
Died on: July 23, 1757
place of death: Madrid
City: Naples, Italy
Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti was an illustrious Italian composer whose prodigious work defined all lines of early classical music despite his style being highly baroque-based. His father, Alessandro Scarlatti, had considerable influence over him in his early years that heightened Domenico’s interest and passion for the subject. Walking in the shadow of a renowned musician seemed like a daunting task to Domenico at first, but he went on to make a mark so permanent that it changed the face of music forever. Like his father, Domenico was a composer of great integrity, taste and fecundity. Some of his indelible works were the harpsichord pieces that happened to be one of the most novel productions of his career. His thematic development and taste in music also got him to compose a wide variety of keyboard sonatas, operas, concertos and even cantatas. As the ‘Maestro di Capalla’; a name he inherited from his father, he went on to play for the Royals and rose to eminence. His prominent works were studied centuries later by upcoming musicians who felt the magnitude of his music and were greatly influenced by his works. Some of his unforgettable pieces were the ‘Narciso’ and more than 500 harpsichord sonatas that had gypsy, and modern dance rhythm influences.
Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti died on 23rd July 1757 in Madrid at the age of 71. The cause of his death is unknown even to this day. His descendants still live on in Madrid and his legacy was never forgotten, as he was a prime, classical composer of his time that went on to influence a myriad of composers such as Chopin, Horowitz, Bela Bartok and Schenker even after a century. His simple approach to music combined with his heritage and folkloric influences made his works legendary.
DOMENICO SCARLATTI TIMELINE
Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti was born in Naples.
Became a composer and organist at the Royal Chapel in Naples
Revised Carlo Francesco’s opera Irene for a performance
Served the Polish queen Marie Cassimere.
Maestro Di Capalla at St. Peters till the year 1719.
Taught the Portuguese royal, Maria Barbara, music.
Married his first wife, Mara Gentili.
Went to Madrid and served as the Music Master for the royal Portuguese house.
Remarried after the death of his first wife to a woman called Anastasia. He also composed 555 Keyboard sonatas at this time.
After a series of travels and performances, he died at his residence aged 71.
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