About This Song
Domenico Scarlatti was born in Naples, but wrote his keyboard sonatas mostly in Spain, though some early ones date to his years in Portugal. His idiom includes Spanish and Italian elements. According to Scarlatti scholar Ralph Kirkpatrick — the musicologist (and performer) responsible for the “K” numbering system used to catalog the composer’s works: “This Sonata in D minor clearly betrays the composer’s Neapolitan roots. Indeed, thirds here suddenly move from major to minor, a typical feature of Neapolitan keyboard music of the day. More minuet than sonata, this lovely work conjures up an atmosphere of nostalgia and solitude, featuring skeletal textures in its slow-moving music.” Marked merely “Aria,” the piece presents a gentle but stately theme, a tender creation that seems to float effortlessly downward over minor peaks and valleys within the work. Stevan arranged the Sonata in D minor, K. 32/L.423/P.14, Aria in the key of E minor in 1986.