Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti : two lives in one
"Alessandro Scarlatti is one of the most celebrated and least performed composers of the Baroque, and his son Domenico remains one of the most enigmatic figures of the period. Roberto Pagano's Two Lives examines the relationship between father and son, interpreted in the context of seventeenth-century Sicilian culture. This study in historical anthropology is filled with new documentation on the lives and careers of the two men, but the boundaries between documented and informed speculation are clearly marked. At the heart of the relation between the two Scarlatti's lies Domenico's famous legal emancipation from his father, which has generally been viewed as a bold act of personal and artistic defiance. Pagano reveals, through a corrected text and translation of the crabbed Latin notarial document, that it was actually a renunciation of the ancient Roman patria potestas, a fathers' power of life and death over his children."--pub. desc
Print Book, English, ©2006
Pendragon Press, Hillsdale, N.Y., ©2006
xxvii, 381 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm.
I. the Scarlattino, alias the Sicilian
II. The genius of Parthenope, the glory of the Sebeto, the delight of Mergellina
III. Maecenas atavis edite regibus ..
IV. ... a falling virtu
V. ... in Palermo, with the universal indulgence of all the Virtuosi and composers of music ..
VI. ... an eagle, whose wings are grown
VII. Fugue for two voices, with some liberties
VIII. Polish Intermezzi
1 : I was born of a Gallic cock a simple hen, /lived among the pole-try and then a queen ..
IX. Polish Intermezzi
2 : to Rome I came, Christian and not Christine
X.A time of penitence and of darkness
XI. Fugue in two voices with many artifices
XII. Roseingrave, Handel, and the devil
XIII. Bloodless disputes of courteous patrons, against the background of a war which only indirectly besieges Rome
XIV. ... et petisse, ut vellet, ipsum emancipare et a Patria potestate, et paternis nexibus liberare ..
XV. Music, the solace of illustrious souls