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Sonata in G minor, K. 30 (L. 499) "Cat's Fugue" by Scarlatti


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About This Work

Composer: Scarlatti, Domenico

Arranger: Rubano, Mario

Description: Sonata K.30 is one of the few fugues Scarlatti composed and contains possibly the most bizarre subject in the Baroque canon. This arrangement has been transposed to D minor, to make it more idiomatic to a guitar with Drop-D tuning. The nickname "The CatíëŒÇí댫s Fugue" was given to the piece long after Scarlatti's death. According to the legend, Scarlatti was relaxing after an evening of composing and teaching when his pet cat decided to take a walk across the keys of his harpsichord. Upon being struck by the genius of this feline fugue-ist, he decided to use this subject for his own piece; sadly, never crediting his cat.

Era: Baroque

Form: Sonata

Type of Work: Solos

Nationality: Spanish

Opus No.: K. 30, L.449

Parts: Score


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