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Sonata in B minor, K.27

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Domenico Scarlatti
(1685 - 1757) was born in
Naples, son of Alessandro Scarlatti who was a composer of operas. Domenico became a great keyboard virtuoso. He held various posts as harpsichordist and composer in Venice and Rome, and in 1721 he went to Lisbon to teach the Infanta Maria Barbara de Braganza. In 1729 his royal pupil invited him to join her in Madrid, where she was now married to Ferdinand, heir to the Spanish throne; Scarlatti was appointed palace harpsichordist and remained in Spain for the rest of his life. Among his compositions were operas, oratorios, cantatas, etc., but he is remembered chiefly for his many (about 600) works for the harpsichord; 30 of these were published in his lifetime under the title Essercizi, but they are now more commonly known as Sonatas.

Domenico Scarlatti

Domenico Scarlatti

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