Pietro Domenico Paradisi (also Pier Domenico Paradies) (Naples, 1707 ? Venice, August 25, 1791) was an Italian composer, harpsichordist and harpsichord teacher, most prominently known for a composition popularly entitled "Toccata in A".
A reviewer of a modern edition of his sonatas, all first edited by the composer, noted in passing "Paradies (never Paradisi, it seems)" suggesting that Paradisi might be a modern adaptation.
Probably a student of Nicola Porpora, he dedicated himself at first to composing for the theater. In 1746 he moved to London, where he became known as a teacher of harpsichord and singing; among his students was Gertrud Elisabeth Mara, probably around 1750. In 1770 he returned to Italy. 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 gravicembalo (London, 1754). The Toccata in A that is still played today - there has not yet been a revival of more of his music - is an Allegro movement from his sonata VI in A major, which has established for itself a considerable discography. He was also the author of concertos for organ and for harpsichord, individual pieces for harpsichord, arias and cantatas.
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