Domenico Scarlatti

Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 380 (L. 23) "Cortège"

    Description by Robert Cummings

    This E major work, now one of Scarlatti's most popular keyboard compositions, was preserved in the fourth Venice volume of his sonatas, dated 1754. The composer probably wrote it a year or so before the date on the manuscript, though it is possible it may actually have been written in 1754. Many believe it was around this time that Scarlatti had taken ill, owing to reports he was confined to his residence. He died in 1757, but nevertheless produced hundreds more keyboard sonatas in those last precious years. This E major effort, though marked Andante comodo, is much livelier than its tempo indication would normally suggest.

    The Sonata opens hesitantly, the music wanting to lunge forward, it would seem, but held back by an inner tentativeness or timidity. After this clever start-and-stop playfulness, the music jumps to its feet and turns quite lively. Soon a festive dance theme, one of Scarlatti's best known, is presented in stately chords, imparting a truly regal elegance to the atmosphere. In the second half of the work, Scarlatti develops the material from the exposition, focusing mainly on the latter portion featuring the famous tune. As with the exposition, the development section is repeated and then the Sonata ends, leaving the listener with a most memorable five minutes.

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    2018 Deutsche Grammophon
    2018 Chandos CHAN 10988
    2018 Profil - Edition Günter Hänssler PH 17065
    2018 BIS BIS 2377
    2018 Austrian Gramophone AG 0010
    2017 Stradivarius STR 37073
    2017 Capriccio Records C 8017
    2017 MV Cremona MVC 008022
    2017 CPO 5551032
    2017 Cybele 6SACD 001404
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    2017 Label G 507970
    2017 Deutsche Grammophon 4797371
    2016 Music & Arts MACD 1293
    2016 Hyperion CDA 67613
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    2016 Sony Classical / Sony Music 309294
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