When it was suggested to him to meet flautist Joachim Quantz, he had declared to detest wind instruments in general. Curiously enough Alessandro Scarlatti later wrote more than a few pieces for such an ugly instrument, the flute. Since he had been writing vocal music, mainly opera, for some 36 years his change to instrumental music is even more remarkable.
Yet he increasingly encountered unfavourable opinions about his work, which was considered old-fashioned hence ‘difficult’. This especially concerned his preference for counterpoint.
In his instrumental music A. Scarlatti seems to be slightly out of his depth i.e. he makes do without the to him natural dramatic intuition. The concerti grossi are of a most enjoyable if somewhat austere nature.
The members of Modo Antiquo have decided on performances with single instruments for each part since the music itself seems to suggest the opposite of masses of strings.