Well, maybe you have, but you are certainly the exception.
I built a large harpsichord many years ago. I acquired a lot of the 'standard' music for it. Some of my favorite pieces are the works (actually student exercises - his students were mainly the princesses of the royal courts in Spain) of Domenico Scarlatti (a "man of the cloth").
I don't have a 'compositional' bone in my body, so I borrow stuff from other people who do (or did) and make my own arrangements of it. Of course, this was originally written for harpsichord, but it makes for an interesting quartet piece. (I bet that you didn't think that Scarlatti could sound like this!). This is his Sonata (K. 113 - out of 527). (More of these to come in the future).
So, since many of you are not working this week and have gobs of time on your hands, I thought that I would provide a little comparative study with this piece. I made the basic template, then gave different instrument groupings to that template. Very few changes were made between pieces. It is interesting - the varied results that come from this 'exercise'. For instance, the brass seem to be much more sensitive to velocity and expression controls than others; percussion are much less sensitive and only seems to respond to velocity, which makes it somewhat abrupt (so I left it with little velocity variation); different instrumentation shows different nuances of the music. The percussion instruments (because of their relatively limited range) had to be transposed and a few of their lowest notes moved up an octave.
Just a side note - there are sections in the piece, when played on a keyboard, where the moving part is played with the right hand, and the left hand is rapidly bouncing between the lower and upper portions of the keyboard. This takes quite a bit a acrobatics on the part of the performer. This 'performance technique' is most notable (in this set of instrumentations) with the strings (pizz sections), although once you know what to look for, it is recognizable in all selections.
Well, I'm getting diarhea of thought, so I will leave you to it. I hope that it provides some interest.
Brass - Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium
Percussion - Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Marimba
Saxes (a la Bricault) - Alto I & II, Tenor, Bari
Strings - Violin I & II, Viola, Cello
Winds - Flute, Clarinet, Tenor Sax, Bassoon
Frank (ya, that's right - "crazy" Frank)
THESE LINKS ARE WORKING AS OF 1/05 @ 7pm (I am now using Box.net)
http://www.box.net/shared/5dgcfoagw4 (for percussion)
http://www.box.net/shared/u5c4bwqsgo (for saxes)
http://www.box.net/shared/omkgb8vsww (for strings)
http://www.box.net/shared/5c4r8ryw4c (for woodwinds)
THE LINKS BELOW DO NOT WORK ANYMORE
(whew!) With the trouble I've been having with some of my links not working, this is certainly something to keep my fingers crossed about. I may be making "edits" for the next half hour trying to get them all to work, so if you try one and it doesn't work, don't give up because I'm not going to give up until they all do. (All of this will probably make my initial post of this fill the entire first page - ha, ha)