Pietro Domenico Paradies (also Pietro Domenico
Paradisi) (1707 – 1791), was an Italian composer,
harpsichordist and harpsichord teacher, most
prominently known for a composition popularly entitled
"Toccata in A", which is, in other sources, the second
movement of his Sonata No. 6.
His reputation is due to his music for the harpsichord,
esteemed by music historians. His musical style was
influenced by Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti.
Especially celebrated above all were his twelve sonatas
for clavicembalo (London, 1754). The Toccata in A that
is still played often today is an Allegro movement from
his sonata VI in A major, which has established for
itself a considerable discography, although there has
been a revival of more of his music recently, at least
regarding the keyboard sonatas. He was also the author
of concertos for organ and for harpsichord, individual
pieces for harpsichord, arias and cantatas.
Although originally created for Harpsichord, I created
this Arrangement of the Toccata from the Sonata in A
Major (P 893.06 No. 2) Transposed to Cb Major for
Concert (Pedal) Harp.