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Do you think that Scarlatti is underrated as a composer?

Asked by marinelife (62455points) May 14th, 2010

I have been listening to a lot of Domenico Scarlatti’s music lately, and I have come to the conclusion that he is vastly underrated as a composer. The breadth and depth of his work is amazing.

What do you think? Do you have a favorite Scarlatti piece that you care to share a link to?

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loser's avatar

Maybe a little. Perhaps because there are so many greats. I love his Sonatas!

DominicX's avatar

I’ll admit that I don’t know much about Scarlatti and have not heard much of his music. But from what I have heard, it is quite impressive, so that does lead to me to believe that he is a little underrated.

My favorite piece has to be this particular Sonata in D minor for harpsichord:

marinelife's avatar

@DominicX That is a great piece. I was impressed by that harpsichodist (and the harpsichord too!).

One of my favorites is Sonata in D Minor 141.

mattbrowne's avatar

He was certainly more creative than Haydn. I think Haydn is overrated. So much boring stuff, kind of 18th elevator music. But some of his work is excellent.

serge11's avatar

Yes. Very underrated. His sonatas are incredible. Personally, I prefer his music to Handel’s and Bach’s, both of whom were also born in 1685, and Scarlatti is in my top five. But what do I know? I don’t include Bach, Beethoven, Brahms or Wagner in my top 10.

marinelife's avatar

@serge11 Really? You don’t include Bach? I’ll have to disagree with you there.

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