Domenico Scarlatti, son of Alessandro, was a European musician who cultivated – whether driven by familial obligation or existential compulsion – an unusual enthusiasm for music reserved for the harpsichord, the keyboard instrument of which he was a master and on which he won the historic competition against Handel.
An extremely shy person (unlike Alessandro), he preferred teaching the virtuoso Infanta and future queen of Spain, Maria Barbara di Braganza, over the popularity of the theatre, which he had enjoyed for almost 40 years. His activity as a teacher led to the need for these "exercises," which are as far from the typical exercises for learners as they are from the forms popular in the concert hall.
The 555 sonatas (actually there are almost 600) he wrote are unconventional according to the standards of that time and those of the future. They are impregnated with the cultural patrimony Domenico came into contact with in his lifetime. Influences from Naples, Lusitania and the Iberian Peninsula show through in these dazzling, atypical forms that exude cleverness, originality and modernity thanks to their very discontinuity and apparent incoherence.
The objective of this film is to write a musical biography straddling the surrealism and the metaphysics of...