Two very talented Baroque composers were born on this day October 26th in the 17th century!
The first one was Domenico Scarlatti, Italian Baroque composer, & son of Alessandro Scarlatti, was born on this day 26 October, 1685. 1685 was a big year for the birth of major Baroque composers, such as J.S. Bach and Handel, and this Scarlatti is no exception. Alessandro and Domenico and his younger brother Pietro Fillippo are quite well known – what an amazingly talented family – perhaps on the same level as the Bach family up in Germany at the same time. Domenico was a superb harpsichordist and had several important friends, such as superstar castrato singer Farinelli.
Scarlatti’s Sonatas for Mandolin and Cembalo
To learn more about Domenico Scarlatti, check out: http://www.baroquemusic.org/bqxdscarl.html
Some people apparently call him the “Swedish Handel” and I’m sure you’ll agree when you listen to the following, entitled:
Violin concerto in F minor
This next piece is also quite enjoyable:
Flute Concerto in G-major
To learn more about Roman:http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/993802a2-64e3-46be-99d1-3a8e566d3124
So there we have it. Two exceptional musicians’ births to celebrate today!