from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Scarlatti, Alessandro 1660-1725. Italian composer who influenced the development of modern opera. His son Domenico (1685-1757), a harpsichordist, wrote numerous works for the instrument.


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  • Scarlatti wrote more than 500 keyboard sonatas; Mr. Stella's series now includes about 150 works, of which seven, made between 2006 and 2010, are at the Phillips.

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  • Witness "Kandinsky and the Harmony of Silence: Painting With White Border" and "Stella Sounds: The Scarlatti K Series," at the Phillips Collection here, each a judicious, focused study of a specific aspect of a modern master of abstraction.

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  • While all the works in the "Scarlatti K Series" read as paintings that turn traditional illusionistic pictorial space into real projection, their degree of spatial aggression differs greatly, resulting in considerably varied oblique and side views.

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  • FreedmanArt/Frank Stella /ARS 'K. 51' 2008 by Frank Stella Just as Kandinsky's painting was provoked by his experience of Moscow, Mr. Stella's wall-hung "Scarlatti K Series" was triggered by the harpsichord sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti and the writings of the U.S. 20th-century harpsichord virtuoso and musicologist Ralph Kirkpatrick, who made the sonatas widely known.

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  • They are at once seductive and puzzling, often seeming so complex that, like the densely clustered notes of Scarlatti's sonatas, they elude analysis.

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  • On only the second day I heard the engaging Singapore-born pianist Melvyn Tan give a Queen's Hall recital brilliantly mixing the sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) with those of John Cage (1912-92) for "prepared" piano, using carefully specified nuts and bolts or pencil erasers to alter the resonance of the strings, making an Oriental-instrument-like sound.

    Eastern Arts Come to 'Far West'

  • But the program — Bach and Scarlatti — was solidly within Hantaï's comfort zone, which resulted in the sort of casually risky, expansive performance that's best among a more intimate mob anyway.

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  • Two of Bach's English Suites — F major and A minor — and a quartet of Scarlatti sonatas were interspersed with a host of the little preludes and fugues Bach wrote for his students and children.

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  • This started to change when the conscienceless banjoista Bela Fleck began releasing terrifying records on which he played famous selections from Scarlatti and Chopin, neither of whom had ever done anything to warrant such abuse.

    The Only Good Banjo Is a Dead Banjo

  • The season's lone dyed-in-the-wool ballet was the moving and felicitously classical "Seven Sonatas" from 2009, with music by Domenico Scarlatti by the ballet-bred choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, ABT's artist-in-residence.

    ABT's City Center Season Worked Best With Ballet


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