Pagano provides a study of the relationship between composer Alessandro Scarlatti
and his son Domenico (also a composer), in the context of seventeenth-century Sicilian culture.
Ably translated into English by Frederick Hammond, "Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti: Two Lives In One" is an inherently fascinating and impressively informative biography of Alessandro Scarlatti
, one of the most celebrated and least performed composers of the Baroque, and his son Domenico.
IS remembered today more for his son, Domenico, than for himself.
The Consort's first CD will be a world premiere recording of a recently- discovered work by Francesco Scarlatti, brother of the better-known Alessandro Scarlatti
and uncle of keyboard master Domenico.
This third CD in a series of cantatas by Alessandro Scarlatti
is the second disc to feature a countertenor.
The settings were by two great old men and rivals in opera composition, Carlo Francesco Pollarolo of Venice and Alessandro Scarlatti
Sir Jack Westrup's classic 'Master Musicians' volume on Purcell, first published in 1937 and still in print, has enjoyed a remarkably long life for a book on an 'early' composer - matched, in English-language books, by only one or two other isolated examples such as Dent's study of Alessandro Scarlatti
- and a deserved tribute to its definitive account of Purcell's life and background and its perceptive treatment of the music.
He served the royal family for nearly 30 years, and during that time he had considerable influence on English taste, partially as a writer of operatic librettos (for George Frideric Handel, Giovanni Bononcini, Alessandro Scarlatti
, and others), partially through his own smooth and charming, classically inspired lyric poetry, and partially through extensive translation of Italian classics.
evensong service samples William Byrd, Alessandro Scarlatti
and Richard Aylward.
Cantatas by Alessandro Scarlatti
(over 600), Handel (ca.