The Keyboard Sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti and Eighteenth-century Musical Style
By (author) W. Dean Sutcliffe
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Keyboard Sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti and Eighteenth-century Musical Style by W. Dean Sutcliffe
Book DescriptionW. Dean Sutcliffe investigates one of the greatest yet least understood repertories of Western keyboard music: the 555 keyboard sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti. Scarlatti occupies a position of solitary splendour in musical history. The sources of his style are often obscure and his immediate influence is difficult to discern. Further, the lack of hard documentary evidence has hindered musicological activity. Dr Sutcliffe offers not just a thorough reconsideration of the historical factors that have contributed to Scarlatti's position, but also sustained engagement with the music, offering both individual readings and broader commentary of an unprecedented kind. A principal task of this book is to remove the composer from his critical ghetto (however honourable) and redefine his image. In so doing it will reflect on the historiographical difficulties involved in understanding eighteenth-century musical style.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521071222
(244mm x 170mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author W. Dean Sutcliffe
Haydn Studies, Paperback (November 2006)
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Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 50, Paperback (March 1992)» View all books by W. Dean Sutcliffe
The Opus 50 string quartets contain some of the purest writing Haydn ever accomplished. In this account of these six quartets, Sutcliffe evaluates the Opus 50 in relation to Haydn's more frequently performed quartets and considers their relevance to the composer's wider output.
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Author Biography - W. Dean Sutcliffe
W. Dean Sutcliffe is University Lecturer at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St Catharine's College. He is author of Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 50 (1992) in the Cambridge Music Handbook series and editor of Haydn Studies (Cambridge 1998). He is also co-editor of the Cambridge journal Eighteenth-Century Music, the first issue of which will be published in 2004.
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