THE COMPOSERS OF THE BAROQUE ERA

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  • DOMENICO BORN

    DOMENICO BORN
    Domenico Scarlatti was born in Naples, Kingdom of Naples, the same year as Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel. He was the sixth of ten children and a younger brother to Pietro Filippo Scarlatti, also a musician. He most likely first studied under his father, the composer and teacher Alessandro Scarlatti; other composers who may have been his early teachers include Gaetano Greco, Francesco Gasparini, and Bernardo Pasquini, all of whom may have influenced his musical style.
  • He became a composer and organist

    He became a composer and organist
    He became a composer and organist at the royal chapel in Naples in 1701.
  • PROGRESS

    PROGRESS
    In 1704, he revised Carlo Francesco Pollarolos opera Irene for performance at Naples. Soon after, his father sent him to Venice; no record exists of his next four years.
  • In 1709 he went to Rome in the service of the exiled Polish queen Marie Casimire

    In 1709 he went to Rome in the service of the exiled Polish queen Marie Casimire
    In 1709 he went to Rome in the service of the exiled Polish queen Marie Casimire, where he met Thomas Roseingrave. Scarlatti was already an eminent harpsichordist: there is a story of a trial of skill with George Frideric Handel at the palace of Cardinal Ottoboni in Rome where he was judged possibly superior to Handel on that instrument, although inferior on the organ. Later in life, he was known to cross himself in veneration when speaking of Handel's skill.
  • COMPOSER OF QUEEN CASIMIRA´S PRIVATE THEATRE

    COMPOSER OF QUEEN CASIMIRA´S PRIVATE THEATRE
    QUEEN CASIMIRAScarlatti composed several operas for Queen Casimira's private theatre. He was Maestro Di Cappella at St. Peter's from 1715 to 1719
  • HE TRAVELLED TO LONDON

    HE TRAVELLED TO LONDON
    OPERA NARCISOIn 1719 he travelled to London to direct his opera Narciso at the King's Theatre.
  • DOMENICO ARRIVED LISBON

    DOMENICO ARRIVED LISBON
    According to Vicente Bicchi (Papal Nuncio at the time), Domenico Scarlatti arrived in Lisbon on 29 November 1719. There he taught music to the Portuguese princess Maria Magdalena Barbara
  • LEFT LISBON

    LEFT LISBON
    He left Lisbon on 28 January 1727 for Rome
  • HE MARRIED WITH MARIA CATERINA GENTILI

    HE MARRIED WITH MARIA CATERINA GENTILI
    In Rome, he married Maria Caterina Gentili on 6 May 1728
  • HE TRAVELLED TO SEVILLA

    HE TRAVELLED TO SEVILLA
    In 1729 he moved to Sevilla, staying for four years and gaining a knowledge of flamenco
  • HE WENT TO MADRID

    HE WENT TO MADRID
    In 1733 he went to Madrid as music master to Princess Maria Barbara, who had married into the Spanish royal house. When the Princess became Queen of Spain Scarlatti remained in the country for twenty-five years, where he had five children
  • He married with Anastasia Maxarti Ximenes

    He married with Anastasia Maxarti Ximenes
    After the death of his wife in 1742 he married a Spaniard, Anastasia Maxarti Ximenes. Among his compositions during his time in Madrid were a number of the 555 keyboard sonatas for which he is best known.
  • DOMENICO DIED

    DOMENICO DIED
    LIVE Domenico Scarlatti died in Madrid,at the age of 71. His residence on Calle Leganitos is designated with a historical plaque, and his descendants still live in Madrid.