The Glory of Paradise

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) was the son of Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725), from whom he learned his trade.

A. Scarlatti is one of my favorite composers, about whom I hope to say more in the near future.

His son, best known for his hundreds of keyboard sonatas, wasn’t so bad either. Among his fans he can count Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven.

It wasn’t all sonatas for D. S. Take for instance this rendering of Stabat Mater (performed to perfection by Collegium Vocale 1704):

Although every movement invokes the piercing of Mary’s soul in witnessing her Son laying down his soul for us, these harmonies also seem anxious to console us with the reminder that the story of the cross ends in the glory of Paradise!

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