The nickname, which was never used by the composer himself but was introduced only early in the 19th century, originates from a story about how Scarlatti came up with the strikingly unusual motif on which the fugue is built. Legend has it that Scarlatti had a pet cat called Pulcinella, who was described . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Classical Music Interlude – D.Scarlatti, Cat’s Fugue.