Domenico Scarlatti (1685–1757) was an Italian composer and harpsichord virtuoso of the Baroque era, best known for his prolific output of keyboard sonatas. Born in Naples on October 26, 1685, Scarlatti hailed from a musical family, with his father, Alessandro Scarlatti, being a renowned composer of opera and sacred music. Domenico Scarlatti's early musical education was shaped by his father, who recognized and nurtured his son's prodigious talent. By the age of 16, Domenico had already established himself as a skilled harpsichordist and composer. His career led him to various European cities, including Rome, where he served in the court of the exiled Polish queen Maria Casimira.