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Two Scarlatti Sonatas for Marimba (Arranged by Mario Gaetano)

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Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757), son of Alessandro Scarlatti, was an Italian composer who spent much of his life in the service of Portuguese and Spanish aristocracy. Although a contemporary of J.S. Bach and Handel, he was one of the few Baroque composers whose style transitioned into the Classical period. He composed in a variety of musical forms, but today he is known mostly for his 555 keyboard sonatas.


Scarlatti's keyboard sonatas were composed mainly for the harpsichord or early fortepiano, are in single movements, and are binary or early sonata form. Many of the works show the influence of Portuguese or Spanish folk music, and many of his musical figurations are suggestive of the guitar. 


The American musicologist Ralph Kirkpatrick produced an edition of the sonatas in 1953, and the numbering (Kk. or K.) from this edition is now the standard. Previously, the numbering system commonly used was from the 1906 edition compiled by the Neapolitan pianist Alessandro Longo (L. numbers). Kirkpartick's numberings is chronological, while Longo's ordering is result of his grouping of sonatas into "suites." The two arrangements in this small collection include Sonata in G Major K.2 L.388 and Sonata in e minor K.98 L.325. 


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