Alfredo Casella: Scarlattiana

Alfredo Casella Scarlattiana
Scarlattiana

Alfredo Casella: Scarlattiana

Opus:
op. 44
Year of composition:
1926
Scored for:
for piano and chamber orchestra
Composer:
Alfredo Casella
Piano reduction:
Erwin Stein
Soloists:
piano
Instrumentation:
2 2 2 2 - 2 1 1 0 - timp, perc(3), vln(6), vla(4), vc(4), cb(3)
Instrumentation details:
1. flute
2. flute
oboe
cor anglais
clarinet in D/Eb (+cl(A))
bass clarinet in B (+bass cl(A))
1. bassoon
2. bassoon
1. horn in F
2. horn in F
trumpet in C
tenor trombone
timpani
perc(3)
violin(6)
viola(4)
violoncello(4)
contrabass(3)
Table of contents:
Sinfonia
Minuetto
Capriccio
Pastorale
Finale
Remarks:
Study score available at Musikproduktion Höflich: www.musikmph.de
Duration:
25’
Dedication:
A Vittorio Rieti
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Work introduction

Scarlattiana is a shimmering, playful, fun-loving, spirited, gorgeously scored concerto for piano and small orchestra, a kind of fantasia on themes of keyboard sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) – sometimes played on the piano, sometimes by the orchestra, now in their original form, then carried further by Casella’s imagination, like a commentary or as variations. Three of its five movements are fast, witty, highly rhythmical, their spiritedness occasionally reminiscent of Stravinsky.

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