"...a substantial contribution to the field." NOTES
"This reviewer does not doubt that Sutcliffe has added significantly to the scholarship about Scarlatti and that this book will be useful to the Scarlatti scholar...." Choice
"Anyone reading the book attentively will come away with a heightened awareness of the brilliance and originality with which Scarlatti not only flouted convention but also made seeming caprices part of a coherent musical language." Early Keyboard Journal, David Schulenberg
This book investigates one of the greatest yet least understood repertories of Western keyboard music: the 555 keyboard sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti. It is the first book-length treatment in English of the sonatas in fifty years and it examines the reasons why this famous body of works, while frequently performed, has not been written about more often The lack of documentary evidence and the composer's position between the so-called Baroque and the Classical periods are crucial factors. Dr Sutcliffe also examines the each individual sonata in unprecedented detail.