Quartettino

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These are program notes from our May 28, 2017 concert.

Scarlatti’s Quartettino.

Alessandro Scarlatti was an Italian Baroque composer, especially famous for his operas and chamber cantatas. He is considered the founder of the Neapolitan school of opera. He also wrote a small number of instrumental works–including the Quartettino written for three alto recorders and continuo. It was found in the Santini Library, located in Münster, in Westphalia, Germany.  Abbote Fortunato Santini, who was born in 1778 and died in 1862, was a most ardent collector of early Italian music.

Santini’s vast library came into the possession of the episcopal museum at Münster, and is now included in the Münster University Library. There it has survived war, fire, and other assorted disasters so that we can play it nowadays—no small wonder, since in 1944, thirty-four B24 Liberator bombers and subsequent Allied bombing raids destroyed 91% of the old city of Münster.

Written by Bob Rivers

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