Domenico Scarlatti

Sonata for keyboard in C major, K. 159 (L. 104) "La caccia"

    Description by Robert Cummings

    Preserved in the 1752 first Venice volume of Scarlatti's keyboard sonatas, this work likely predated that manuscript source by a year or two. That makes this C major effort a late work, despite the fact that almost 400 more keyboard sonatas would flow from Scarlatti's pen before his death in 1757. Listening to the work, however, one might believe its joviality and youthful playfulness clearly suggest it was the creation of a young man. But the ever-spirited, forward-looking Scarlatti produced many such pieces, early and late, throughout his distinguished set of 555 sonatas.

    Marked Allegro, the Sonata opens with a lively theme whose perky character and sense of joy are, if anything, enhanced by the mostly descending contour. The music effervesces as it moves in light patter about the keyboard, seeming to cackle or giggle in its busy but carefree work. The exposition, which is repeated in accordance with Scarlatti's usual sonata structure, is quite short, lasting but a minute or so, and is followed by the lengthier development portion of the work. Here the music transforms relatively little and the mood, too, remains quite joyful and light. This two-and-a-half minute work will delight the listener and challenge the performer.

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    2016 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4796277
    2016 Hyperion CDA 67613
    2016 DG Deutsche Grammophon B002436502
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