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A Scarlatti: Chi sà dove è la speranza
Forces: soprano, flute & continuo

Fillide is totally in love with Olindo and hopes that Cupid will support her love (she's not confident!) while he is away (lontananza). A lovely, simple example of a single line obligato accompaniment to soprano and continuo.

The source is Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 3975, provided by Sascha Mommertz. The cantata is simply inscribed Cantata a voce sola con flauto and there may be some question as to the attribution to A Scarlatti, although Hs 3975 contains a large number of cantatas ascribed to A Scarlatti.

Editor: James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: Della spietata Irene
Forces: soprano & continuo

Why do these men keep coming back for more? This perfidious Irene can kill with a glance, has Cupid on her side and just doesn't care! One of Scarlatti's more chromatic offerings in RARA format, both arias full of peno.

Range d - f'

Editor: James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: Già sorge l'Alba (Dorisbe cacciatrice)
Forces: soprano & continuo

A large cantata telling the story of the huntress Dorisbe. Her face is compared to the snares of Cupid, her bow to Cupid's darts and the listener is exhorted to hunt animals, not Love. In a complicated RAARARAA format, the last aria gradually becoming arioso then recitative. Some excellent hunting motifs in the music, particularly evoking the sound of the hunting horn.

Sources: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 3977 and HS 864

Range: c - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: In vano Amor tiranno
Forces: soprano & continuo

The first line says it all: Cupid is trying to destroy another young man's life with his darts and this guy is fighting back! An extensive work in RARARA format, the first two arias slow and sinuous, the last more matter-of-fact and resigned to fate.

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: Nò non ti voglio Cupido
Forces: soprano, alto & continuo

The changeable attitude to love certainly makes for a bright piece of music! The opening and closing duets (to the same music) projects two different moods - 'No I don't want it' and 'Yes, I do' Separated by two recits and arias, one for each voice.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 865(1)

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à due, soprano e contralto
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A Scarlatti: Quando Amor vuol ferirmi
Forces: soprano & continuo

"When Love wants to hurt me, the traitor hides beneath your lashes..." The bitter-sweet torments of love in this delightful work from Münster Santini Sammlung HS 3915(2) - Hanley 588. In RARA format

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: S'io t'amo s'io t'adoro
Forces: soprano & continuo

Dated on the first page as June of 1704. Amore is playing his tricks again and has had his usual effect! RARA format with a complicated first aria largo.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 3907(2)

Range: d - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: Silentio, aure volanti
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

'Silentio, aure volanti - the pain of unrequited love in a sinuous cantata of the night. Arioso interwoven into a contrapuntal 4 part texture is a feature of this early work, whose central aria 'Piangerò' is a profound lament in C minor. 'Silentio, aure volanti' can be heard on 'Olimpia and other Cantatas by Alessandro Scarlatti', chacona (ABC Classics 461 687-2).

Range d'-a''.

Editor: Rosalind Halton

Cantata à voce sola di soprano con violini
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A Scarlatti: Son le nere pupilette
Forces: alto & continuo

A cantata all about beautiful dark eyes, asking Cupid to make sure the intended remains faithful and loving.

The source for this edition is a copy in Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 3977(14) which contains mainly cantatas by Scarlatti together with examples by Francesco Mancini, Carlo Cesarini, Giovanni Bononcini, Pietro Bencini and Filippo Colenelli.

Editor: James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: Tu che una dea rassembri
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

An paean to the beloved who '..resembles a goddess...' with eyes like archers and his heart the target. A considerable piece with string introduction, three arias and two recit/arioso movements.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 860

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Astorga: Aurora Idolo mio
Forces: soprano & continuo

Love, jealousy and a cieco Dio Amore who likes to shoot his arrows in the backside of anyone unsuspecting... "My punishment is to love..."

Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli: Cantate 103 (06)

Editor: James Sanderson

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Astorga: E pur dolce, dolce amore
Forces: soprano & continuo

Willing to die from the effects of love, but knowing of the inability of women to properly love or be faithful, our shepherd rejects the laughter of Cupid at his pains, knowing that a single glance from his beloved would give him the last laugh!

In ARA format with a affettuoso beginning and an allegro finish sourrounding a characteristically complex recitative this is an enjoyable and challenging example of the genre.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 859(1)

Range: f - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Astorga: Fedeltà s'è tanto bella
Forces: soprano & continuo

A delightful cantata in ARA format. The lover bemoans Fille's inconstancy (yet again!) "I will escape Cupid's darts and Fille's glances and will live content in with my heart in freedom."

Range: d# - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Bononcini: 2 duetti da camera
Forces: sop, alto/alto, alto & continuo

The two duetti da camera from the 1721 edition 'Cantate e Duetti dedicati alla Sacra Maestà di Giorgio Rè della Gran Bretagna'

Pietoso Nume Arcier (2 altos & continuo)
Luci barbare spietate (soprano, alto & continuo)

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Editor: James Sanderson

2 chamber duets
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Bononcini: All'or che il cieco nume
Forces: soprano & continuo

'...it is better to have loved and lost...' could easily be the motto of this cantata. Despite pleading to Cupid for mercy the 'blind God' remains silent and leaves the protagonists to their misery. RARARAR format

Source: BL Add 31547 f25r - 33r

Range: e - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Alle sue pene intorno
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

As they say, 'Hell hath no fury as a woman scorned...' Filli has been rejected by her lover and although she at first threatens all manner of pain to Cupid, she then calls for the furies to bring her poison to end her suffering. In RARA format, the first aria a witty Minuet, the second a two-tempo allegro then largo. Single Unisoni violin part.

Source: BL Add 31518 13r - 16r

Range: d - a flat'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Amor, tiranno amor
Forces: soprano & continuo

A very strict warning about trusting in the fidelity of Cupid. Tyrannous Love has been causing mischief again in this ARARA format cantata. In the copy all the da capo sections have been written out in full with varied style of repeat. Perhaps an aural copy as there are no figures...

Source: BL Add 31518 9r

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Cieco nume tiranno spietato
Forces: soprano & continuo

One of Bononcini's most beautiful cantatas, the subject here deals with Love's blind cruelty. In 5 sections with no da capo arias and with a recurring theme of the title text, the last section presto assai is particularly virtuosic, though broken by emotional largo sections.

Source: BL Add MS 31546 f74v-79r

Range: c# - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Dal giorno fortunato
Forces: soprano & continuo

"...on that fortunate day when first I gazed into your eyes...the playful God of Love enflamed my heart for eternity..." I wonderful work in RARARA format including a beautiful affettuoso, a sprightly menuetto and a virtuosic presto to finish.

Source: British Library Add MS 31545

Range: c - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Dall'incurvato ferro
Forces: soprano & continuo

The cruelty and spite of the gods to our young protagonist is the theme, leaving him in the position of offering his life for one day of happiness with his beloved. Excellent recitatives and some very enjoyable arias (RARARA format)

Source: Münster HS 3915(19)

Range: e - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Dove sei mia bella Irene?
Forces: alto & continuo

"Where are you my beautiful Irene?...Where are you hiding? The sun shines among the shadows and leaves but it does not shine for me." The God of Love has been busy giving that pain only Love can bring... A very attractive, short cantata in ARA format with a final recitative instead of a da capo. A lugubrious Adagio to start and a semi-ground andante to finish.

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Già la stagion d'Amore
Forces: alto & continuo

Even in the season of Love, the course of true love does not run smooth! RARA format with two really lovely arias, Affettuoso e Cantabile and Vivace.

Source: 1721 edition in the British Library.

Range: a - c'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Pietoso nume arcier
Forces: 2 altos & continuo

Dorinda and Aldimira are bemoaning the infidelities of their lovers, Tirsi and Aminta. Luckily they have each other to spur on their suit. In duet (largo et affettuoso) - recit - duet (allegro) format.

Source:1721 edition in the British Library

Range (both): b flat - d'

Editor: James Sanderson

Duetto da camera
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Bononcini: Pur vi riveggio ancora
Forces: soprano & continuo

In this pastoral scene the golden shafts of Cupids darts fly from the beloved's eyes and pierce his heart. Despite the pain he decides that mercy and silence are the only solution. RARAR format, lento, allegro and the last recit becoming an arioso.

Source: BL Add MS 31545

Range: c - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Stanca di più penar
Forces: soprano & continuo

Finally the boys are getting their revenge on Clori. Tired of too much suffering, she turns to the God of Love to ask for pity, but does he help her...? In RARARA format with two sprightly vivace arias following an expressive largo.

Source: BL Add MS 31545

Range: e - a'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Trà l'amene delitie
Forces: soprano & continuo

Veiwing the painful side of love, Eurilla searches for her Armindo in the garden of Love, but can find not even a breath of him. In RARAR format with two curiously 'twisted' arias - affettuoso and largo and finishing with a sinuous recitative.

Source: BL Add MS 31545

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Viver e non amar
Forces: soprano & continuo

"...to live and not to love..." is a crime according to our erstwhile lover here. She, however, loves Tirsi above all else and credits Cupid with her choice. In RARA format, including a beautiful largo and a delightful menuetto - short and with a small (one octave) range.

Source: BL Add MS 31545

Range: a' - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

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D Scarlatti: Ah! sei troppo infelice
Forces: soprano & continuo

One of Scarlatti's late chamber cantatas recorded by Kate Eckersley

Sinuous opening arioso/recit with two straightforward arias and a secco recit in wich the lover deals with the pains caused by the Nume arciero.

Range: e' - g''

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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D Scarlatti: Di fille vendicarmi vorrei
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: MS in the collection of the Royal College of Music, London

Aria - recit - aria format, the first remarkable for its chromaticism, the last for its sheer verve and virtuosity. The text deals with a young man whose love for Fille has caused him 'fierce grief' and leads him to pray to the God of Love for assistance.

Range: a - a''

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

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D Scarlatti: Tu mi chiedi o mio ben
Forces: soprano & continuo

Our erstwhile suitor compares the beams from Filli's eyes to cupid's darts. These darts strike his heart and cause all the blood to flow from it - perhaps a trifle dramatic but certainly worth a sing! In RARARA format with some typically twisted harmonic and melodic shifts.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 864 (only source)

Range: e - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Fago: Amante con poca sorte
Forces: bass & continuo

'Wretched and alone with my pain and torment' is the start of this RARA format cantata by the Neapolitan composer and teacher Nicola Fago. Cupid is up to his old tricks again! Full of chromatic inflections and wandering tonality and offering a wonderful emotional challenge to the performer.

Range: EE - e

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di basso
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Fago: Come viver poss'io
Forces: soprano & continuo

'How can I live far from that lovely face?' asks our protagonist. Not far it would seem as Cupid burns him with desire and '...lights up his heart with a devouring flame' in this effective lotananza cantata. RARA format with very expressive recitatives and two really enjoyable arias.

Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli: Cantate 114(9)

Editor: James Sanderson

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Fago: D'Aretusa in sul Lito
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source BL Add 14211 f 35 - 41v

Fago's cantatas are an interesting bridge between the Scarlattian style and the later Neapolitan version of the genre. Here a shepherd falls prey to the 'vicious' Goddess of Love.

Editor: James Sanderson

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Leo: Ch'io non conosco Amore
Forces: soprano & continuo

Not knowing Love, not knowing of his sighs, how can Irene recognise his ardor? The lovers complaints (and his happiness) of and in love. ARA format with a larghetto, e cantabile and an aria non presto. The recitative is typically intricate and the harmonic world is complex.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 2358(1)

Range: d - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera
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Leo: Dove son, dove m'aggiro?
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source: BL R.M. MS 22.g.9.6

A lovely work with some terrific chromatic melodic and bass lines mimicking the sighs of the disappointed lover - very experimental? This lover is totally confused and is suffering greatly from the vicissitudes of Amor.

Range: c - b flat''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata con violini
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Leo: Frangi Cupido i dardi
Forces: alto & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14210 ff24r - 29r

Once more, the lover is tired of being struck by Cupid's darts and begs him to break them - he hasn't the strength to resist any more! Cupid however has other plans and torments the lover further. 2 recits with andante and affettuoso arias.

Range: c - d'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera
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