The Sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti
in the Diözensanbibliotek Münster
A possible source of the origin of the manuscripts
In his 1970, unpublished, dissertation Professor Joel Sheveloff identified four major collections of the keyboard sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti, two Spanish and two Italian in origin.
Since there is no
known autograph copies of Scarlatti’s works two copies which originated in
Two further sets have
also been considered as important sources. One is held in the Diözensanbibliothek, Münster and another held in
the Bibliothek. der Gesellschaft der.
The latter two collections have been accepted by scholars
since the 1930’s as being derived from the
First page of Scarlatti Sonata (K380) in Reggio’s hand (Tomo IV, No 47)
SANT Hs 3967. (Courtesy Diözesanbibliotek, Münster)
First page of Sonata per Cembalo in C min (Opera Terza) SANT Hs 3391 No. XI
(Courtesy Diözesanbibliotek, Münster)
This section investigates the Münster Manuscripts in the light of this new evidence. It proposes the idea that the Münster set originates closer to the original Spanish source than just copies of copies as suggested by Sheveloff et al.