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Born: 2 May 1660
Died: 22 October 1725
Alessandro Scarlatti was an Italian Baroque composer especially famous for his operas and chamber cantatas. He is considered the founder of the Neapolitan school of opera. He was the father of two other composers, Domenico and Pietro Filippo Scarlatti.
Scarlatti was born in Palermo, then part of the Kingdom of Sicily. He is generally said to have been a pupil of Giacomo Carissimi in Rome, and there is reason to suppose that he had some connection with northern Italy, since his early works show the influence of Stradella and Legrenzi. The production at Rome of his opera Gli Equivoci nell sembiante (1679) gained him the protection of Queen Christina of Sweden (who at the time was living in Rome), and he became her maestro di cappella. In February 1684 he became maestro di cappella to the viceroy of Naples, through the influence of his sister, an opera singer, who was the mistress of an influential Neapolitan noble. Here he produced a long series of operas, remarkable chiefly for their fluency and expressiveness, as well as other music for state occasions.
In 1702 Scarlatti left Naples and did not return until the Spanish domination had been superseded by that of the Austrians. In the interval he enjoyed the patronage of Ferdinando de' Medici, for whose private theatre near Florence he composed operas, and of Cardinal Ottoboni, who made him his maestro di cappella, and procured him a similar post at the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome in 1703.
After visiting Venice and Urbino in 1707, Scarlatti took up his duties in Naples again in 1708, and remained there until 1717. By this time Naples seems to have become tired of his music; the Romans, however, appreciated it better, and it was at the Teatro Capranica in Rome that he produced some of his finest operas (Telemaco, 1718; Marco Attilio Regolò, 1719; La Griselda, 1721), as well as some noble specimens of church music, including a mass for chorus and orchestra, composed in honor of Saint Cecilia for Cardinal Acquaviva in 1721. His last work on a large scale appears to have been the unfinished serenata for the marriage of the prince of Stigliano in 1723. Scarlatti died in Naples.
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List of choral works
- Ad Dominum dum tribularer ( Finale 2000 )
- Ad te Domine levavi animam meam (2 editions available)
- Domine in auxilium meum ( Finale 2000 )
- Exaltabo te Domine (2 editions available)
- Exsurge Domine (2 editions available)
- Exsultate Deo ( Finale 2000 ) (multiple editions available)
- Iste confessor ( )
- Justitiae Domini ( Finale 2000 )
- Laetatus sum ( )
- Messa di Santa Cecilia
- Missa Clementina
- Missa quatuor vocum (aka Messa breve a Palestrina or Messa Ottoboniana)
- Miserere mei Deus ( )
- O morte ( MUP )
- O selce, o tigre, o ninfa ( ) ( MUP )
- Or che da te, mio bene ( MUP )
Arias for solo voice
- A voi dimando il cor ( ) for Bass and continuo
- Arsi un tempo ( ) ( MUP )
- Già il sole dal Gange ( ) from the opera L'honestà negl'amori
- La Statira ( )
- O cessate di piagarmi ( ) from the opera Pompeo
- Sdegno la fiamma estinse ( ) ( MUP )
- Se Florindo e fedele ( ) from the opera Pirro e Demetrio
- Sento nel core ( ) first half of cantata
- Se tu della mia morte ( )
- Son tutta duolo ( )
- Spesso vibra per suo gioco ( )
- Su, venite a consiglio ( )
- Toglietemi la vita ancor ( Sibelius 5 )
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