Epitaphs is a set of tributes written over a period of thirteen years; the composers to whom homage is paid represent each century from the 16th through the 20th.
"Being introduced to the Scarlatti harpsichord sonatas was one of the great revelations of my college years. What an inventive, felicitous, passionate body of music! The only trouble with the sonatas is that there are so many of them and I have such a poor memory for numbers. The opening figure of this piece was, it seems to me, inspired by the opening figure of one of the Scarlatti sonatas in C major, but at the moment I have absolutely no idea what number it was." (Peter Schickele)
Recorded live by Joseph Patrych at "A Concert in Honor of Peter Schickele: A 75th Birthday Season Celebration." March 29, 2011, Steinway Hall.