Alessandro Scarlatti

1660 (Palermo, Sicily) – 1725 (Naples)

Alessandro Scarlatti was Domenico Scarlatti’s father. Metastasio knew him, and the elder Scarlatti later set his words to music. Quantz and Hasse both came to study under him. Corelli was a colleague — both benefited from the same patronage, and seemed ready to lend each other professional assistance; Corelli certainly played Scarlatti’s music. Handel knew both in Rome, and was influenced by the two older composers.