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Scarlatti, Alessandro (1660-1725)

Alessandro Scarlatti

born: 2 May 1660
died: 22 October 1725
country: Italy

Born in Palermo, Scarlatti’s family moved to Rome in 1672 and, whilst there is no evidence to support the hypothesis that he studied with Giacomo Carissimi, it seems certain that he would at least have come into contact with this great composer’s works, including his oratorios. By the age of eighteen Scarlatti had his first appointment in the city, as maestro di cappella at San Giacomo degli Incurabili, and before long he was in the employ of some of the most important and influential patrons in Rome, including Queen Christina of Sweden. In 1683 he made the move to Naples, and the majority of his career was divided between these two cities (with forays to the likes of Florence and Venice as part of his seemingly never-ending search for further employment), until he finally settled in Naples in 1708. Whilst Scarlatti’s reputation is traditionally based on his undoubted achievements as an opera composer, he made important contributions to all of the key musical genres of the period, writing cantatas, masses, motets, concertos, sonatas and, of course, oratorios.

from notes by Carrie Churnside © 2009

Albums

Scarlatti & Hasse: Salve regina, Cantatas & Motets
CDH55354Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Scarlatti: Davidis pugna et victoria
CDA67714
Scarlatti: La Folia & other works
CDH55233Helios (Hyperion's budget label)Download currently discounted
Avanti l'Opera – An A-Z of Italian baroque overtures
Studio Master: SIGCD383Download only NEWStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Concertos for the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies
CDH55005Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Hasse & Scarlatti: Salve regina, Cantatas & Motets
CDH55354Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
La Folia
CDA67035Download currently discounted
The fam'd Italian masters
CDA67359

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

Concerto No 6 in E major (Scarlatti)
Contentatevi, o fidi pensieri  
Correa nel seno amato (Scarlatti)
Cur, quaeso, crudelis es factus?  
Dal ben seno d'una stella  
Davidis pugna et victoria (Scarlatti)
Già lusingato appieno (Scarlatti)
Infelici miei lumi  
Infirmata vulnerata (Scarlatti)
La caduta de Decemviri (Scarlatti)
La Folia  
La Statira (Scarlatti)
L'autor d'ogni mio bene  
O di Betlemme altera (Scarlatti)
Primo e Secondo Libro di Toccate (Scarlatti)
Semper gratus desiderabilis  
Sinfonia di Concerto Grosso No 12 in C minor (Scarlatti)
sonata a 4 No 1 in F minor (Scarlatti)
Su le sponde del Tebro (Scarlatti)
Tocco la prima sorte a voi, pastori  
Tralascia pur di piangere, povero afflitto cor  
Vulnera percute, transfige cor  
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