The Plain and Visible Truth

La Santissima Trinita (The Most Holy Trinity) is among the last of Alessandro Scarlatti’s numerous oratorios. Originally performed in May of 1715, it dramatizes a theological debate in which Faith, Theology, Unbelief, Time, and Charity contend for the final word on the nature of the Almighty. Contemporary critics cannot deny the masterful beauty of theContinue reading “The Plain and Visible Truth”

From the Son to the Father

I promised Dear Reader to say a bit more about Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725), and Lent is a good time to keep promises unbroken. Besides, having a meditative listen to his version of Stabat Mater (tracks 13-30, lyrics here) is an excellent way to keep holy this Saturday in Passion Week. Scarlatti père is gifted inContinue reading “From the Son to the Father”

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 countContinue reading “The Glory of Paradise”