“Who is Domenico Zipoli?” you ask. Indeed, he didn’t quite reach the fame of other of the Baroque composers like the Bach family or Handel or Vivaldi. However, he is very well known to piano teachers, Kiwanis Festival adjudicators, and former piano pupils across the land who ever studied the Royal Conservatory of Music because of one piece: the Sarabanda in G minor.
Zipoli studied with Domenico Scarlatti, who wrote countless piano pieces that showed off either quick, flashy passages and subtle brilliance, or simple, elegant melodies. It’s not surprising Zipoli is known for his keyboard music then, many of which are well-suited to beginner and intermediate players – perfect for student repertoire books.
Zipoli was a deeply religious man, who left Italy for Spain to join the Society of Jesus, and eventually moved to Buenos Aires as a missionary. If he sought immortality in the afterlife, he certainly achieved it in the form of having his pieces perfected by thousands of piano students across Canada.
The Sarabanda is a lovely lyrical work, from the intermediate-level curriculum of the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Alan Huckleberry, piano:
Domenico Zipoli was born October 17, 1688 in Prato, Italy, and died January 2, 1726 Cordoba, Argentina.