2006 Student Research Conference:
19th Annual Student Research Conference

Fine Arts

Scarlatti Sonata in A Major, K. 113: An example of binary form
Nabil J. Pettit
Dr. David McKamie, Faculty Mentor

The Baroque composer Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) wrote over 550 keyboard sonatas during his prolific career. These sonatas were written for his patron, Maria Barbara, after she married the crown prince of Spain in 1729. Originally known as “Exercises,” the Scarlatti sonatas are composed primarily in binary form. This form had developed in the seventeenth century in association with dance music. It is a two-part construction, with each part repeated, and it follows a tonal key scheme. Ultimately, binary form led to the development of sonata-allegro form during the Western European Classical Period (1750-1825). The Sonata in A Major, K. 113, is an excellent example of the Scarlatti sonatas that are organized in binary form. The presentation will conclude with a performance of this work.

Keywords: Domenico Scarlatti, Music, Piano, Baroque, binary form


Presentation Type: Performance Art

Session: 3-4
Location: OP 1393, Performance Hall
Time: 9:00

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