Pastoral/Shepherd(ess)

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A Bononcini: Augeletti, ruscelli ed aurette
Forces: mezzo-soprano & continuo

'Oh, how lucky is he who spends his days away from the noise and bustle of the city...the is no treasure more dear than sweet silence'. This is a paen to the pastoral life in ARA format. Absolutely delightful work with some very tricky vocal writing for a quite low voice part. Additionally, it is clear that Antonio was a cellist as the continuo part is both high and rather a challenge. Enjoyable for the cellists amongst you!

Source: Naples I-Nc

Editor: James Sanderson

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A Bononcini: Selve, placide selve
Forces: alto & continuo

Our hero heads to the woods to escape the pains of love. Comparing his beloved to the birds, the flowers (and the beasts!). In RARA format this is a delightful and highly enjoyable cantata to sing - some really good challenges in the coloratura. Source: Naples

Editor: James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: Del' Tirreno à le sponde
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14211 ff 58r - 64r

This sad, pastoral cantata sees our hero Fileno languishing for lost love (of Clori of course) on the banks of the Tyrrhenian Sea - the scene of many a fevered brow! In double recit-aria format, both arias andante but vastly different. Some excellent changes from secco recit into arioso.

Range: e - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: E perchè non seguite ò Pastorelle
Forces: soprano, 2 flutes, 2 violins and continuo

A significant work for voice and instruments on a pastoral theme in varied formats of aria, arioso, strophic song etc. The accreditation to Scarlatti is potentially disputed, the source is Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 3975, provided by Sascha Mommertz. The cantata is inscribed: Cantata con violini e flauti Del Sigr Allesso Scarlatti

A pastoral idyll, once again love is thwarted by Clori!

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A Scarlatti: Filli e Clori, 'Amica, hora che Aprile'
Forces: 2 sopranos, violins & continuo

Sources: edition based on 4 17th-early 18th century manuscripts in the Santini Collection (Münster), the British Library, and the Bodleian Library, Oxford. [the details are in the editorial notes]

Description: Filli persuades the reluctant Clori to abandon city life for the delights of the country, where she is sure to make new conquests in the hunt of love. Both Filli and Clori have 2 arias of 2 strophes each, interspersed with ritornelli. In the magical final duet, the girls agree to prepare their feet for dancing, and their arms for the hunt. Cardinal Ottoboni's documents mention a performance of 'Amica, hora che Aprile' dated 13 July, 1694. The survival of this work in several sources suggests it was a well-known work in its day.

Editor: Rosalind Halton

Cantata à due soprani e violini
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A Scarlatti: Lieti boschi, ombre amiche
Forces: alto & continuo

Taking refuge in the forests, amongst the friendly shades, our heart-broken protagonist sighs at his plight. The trees, breezes, beasts and birds know how he feels, but Clori is insensitive to his love. RARA format with a spiky adagio and a rather sprightly andante to finish.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 3907(15)

Range: b - c'

Editor: James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: Mentre Clori la bella sotto l'ombra d'un mirto
Forces: soprano, 2 flutes & continuo

Clori is being very insensitive, sitting beneath her Myrtle tree and enjoying the breeze whilst Fileno is suffering all the torments of love! In RARARA format with two of the arias with 2 flutes accompaniment and 2 with ritornelli. A lovely piece with some very interesting use of harmony...

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 3975(2)

Range: d - a''

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A Scarlatti: Mesto lasso, e ramingo
Forces: soprano & continuo

Dated on the first page as June of 1704. Submerged in sadness and sorrow, our protagonist pleads with Fate for release. In regular RARA format with a quirky 3/4 first aria and a lovely, pleading Siciliano to finish.

Source: Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 3907(2)

Range: d - g'

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A Scarlatti: Mi tormenta il pensiero (ii)
Forces: alto & continuo

The second version on this text, using more of the text than version I. The cruel force of Jealousy plagues the young lover in this concisely written pastoral cantata. Tormented by thoughts, consumed with desire, lost is hope, and without hope what point is there in life?.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung 3909

Range: b - c#'

Editor: James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: Nel silentio commune di notte si tranquilla
Forces: soprano, 2 violins, viola & basso continuo

A great work based on the Petrarchan theme of the lover who sighs alone while nature sleeps. Beginning with a hushed recitative accompagnato, the cantata has a total of 4 recitatives and arias, portraying the lover's brightly-coloured dream of love returned. A handwritten version of this edition was premiered memorably in the 1980s by tenor Nigel Rogers for the BBC, with the Taverner Players

Range: d'-a''

Source: British Library, London

Editor: Rosalind Halton

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A Scarlatti: Non lasciar canora e bella
Forces: soprano & continuo

Charting the progress of the Swallow (Rondinella) from the Arno to the Tebro at the end of the Summer's heat, with some beautiful word painting (including fluting bird-song) and some quite stunning recitative - AS at his best in another of the 1704 cantatas. In ARARA format, starting with a gentle Siciliano, an Allegro in cut common time is the middle aria and the final aria is a lively 3/8.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung 3907

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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A Scarlatti: Su'l margine d'un rio
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

Su’l margine d’un rio is an immensely attractive work, less intense in both musical style and subject than many of Scarlatti’s cantatas. The shepherdess at the banks of a river does not feel inclined to waste herself on a lukewarm lover: “...learn to love, then come back to me if you like...”

Sources: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 3908, Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, X-639

Range: d - b'' flat

Editor: Rosalind Halton

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A Scarlatti: Su'l margine fiorito d'un limpido ruscello
Forces: soprano & continuo

In this large and complex cantata, the protagonist is sitting on the flowery banks of a limpid stream bemoaning the absence of his beloved. He calls to the waves and the wind in the first aria (adagio) to take his love to her, he sings how her image is carved on his heart in the second aria (à tempo guisto) and the final aria is a chromatically complex andante in cut common time. Dated 13th December, 1704 on the first page.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung 3907(5)

Range: d - f'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Astorga: Cangia loco, e cangia sorte
Forces: soprano & continuo

In the mistaken belief that removing himself from the presence of his love will make him feel better, our young shepherd learns a hard lesson about the power of love. In ARA format, both arias in the 'pathetic' style and the second making one wonder whether Handel had heard it...?

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 859(2)

Range: d# - 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

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Astorga: In queste amene selve
Forces: alto & continuo

In the classically charming pastoral theme, in a pleasant woods love's constancy is questioned, found wanting and not forgiven - the lover awaits his beloved's return in death. Excellent arias and complex recitatives.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 859(5)

Range: c - e' flat

Editor: James Sanderson

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Astorga: Regio fior pompa d'Aprile
Forces: alto & continuo

Fileno is once again in love, this time with a Filli who returns his feelings - taking pleasure in the joys of Spring. Two excellent arias, the first with some particularly piquant chromaticisms.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 859(8)

Range: c - d'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: 3 alto cantate con violini
Forces: alto, violins & continuo

The three alto cantate con violini from the 1721 edition 'Cantate e Duetti dedicati alla Sacra Maestà di Giorgio Rè della Gran Bretagna'

Care luci del mio bene
Misero pastorello
Siedi Amarilli mia

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Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: 3 alto cantate da camera
Forces: alto & continuo

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

Gia la stagion d'amore
Lasciami un sol momento
O mesta tortorella

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Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: 3 soprano cantate con violini
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

The three soprano cantate con violini from the 1721 edition 'Cantate e Duetti dedicati alla Sacra Maestà di Giorgio Rè della Gran Bretagna'

Barbara ninfa ingrata
Ecco Dorinda il giorno
Il Lamento d'Olimpia

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Bononcini: 3 soprano cantate da camera
Forces: soprano & continuo

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

Da te che pasci ogn'ora
Dolente e mesta
O frondoso arboscello

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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: Misero pastorello
Forces: alto, violins & continuo

At least this time the shepherd is not bemoaning being trerated badly by his beloved. He missed the fields with his sheep and looks forward to returning. 2-part prelude, then RARA format. It is a considerable work.

Source: 1721 edition in the British Library.

Range: G - d'

Editor: James Sanderson

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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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D Scarlatti: Se fedele tu m'adori
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

Source: MS in the Royal Music Collection now housed in the British Library.

Well, this girl is very open-minded, allowing Tirsi to love whomever he wishes (Nice, Clori, Egeria, Fille) because: The flighty bee is not content to long for the beautiful rose. If it can show itself a lover to other flowers, it wants to fly into the midst of them all...

Range: c' - a''

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

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D Scarlatti: Selve caverne e monti
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add 14182

An attractive cantata by D. Scarlatti in recit/arioso - aria - recit - aria form with a text concerning the lover's search for his fleeing beloved.

Range: d' - g''

Editor: James Sanderson

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D Scarlatti: Ti ricorda o bella Irene
Forces: soprano & continuo

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

Aria - recit - aria format with interesting major/minor juxtapositions in the last. It's the tale of another long-suffering lover willing to do anything for his beloved.

Range: b - a''

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

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D Scarlatti: Tirsi Caro (Tirsi e Fille)
Forces: 2 sopranos & continuo

Delightful duo cantata by Domenico Scarlatti. Duet - recitative - duet form.

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson
Duetto da camera
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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: A te vengo o prato ameno
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add 14213 v 154r - 157v

This time the poor shepherd is dying for love of cruel Aminta. No matter what he does, beauty of her hair and her breast(!) force him to fall in love. The opening aria, probably largo has some interesting figurations which in most situations would be ornaments (32nd notes). Aria - recit - aria form.

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera
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Leo: Che farai, Lidia cara!
Forces: alto, strings & continuo

Sources: BL Add 31618 f20v - f38 and MS 22.g.9.8

The subject matter is Arcadian and concerns the unrequited love of a young man for Lidia. A string prelude 'Alla francese' with two recit and aria pairs. The arias are particularly beautiful.

Range: b' - f#''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata con violini
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Leo: Dopo lunga dimora
Forces: soprano & continuo

A stunning example of the genre showing Leo at the height of his powers in this field. RARA format with two complex and beautiful arias and the expected involved recitatives. The straying shepherd returns to the banks of the River Arno to find both love and infedelity in his beloved Amarillis.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 2358(2)

Range: d - a'' flat

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera
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Leo: Or ch'è dal sol difesa
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source: BL Add 31618

In this delightful pastoral cantata, Angelica dallies in the fields and love is compared to all the flowers, but don't forget the thorns which also come with the most beautiful roses! The trials and tribulations of love in aria - recit - aria format.

Range: c# - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à soprano solo con violini
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Leo: Pianger vidi appresso al fonte
Forces: soprano & continuo

With a sorrowful image of the shepherdess weeping near the fountain, hand on heart, the erstwhile lover claims that if she were with him she would have no cause to complain! ARA format, both arias wonderfully plaintive.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 2358

Range: d - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Leo: Sotto l'ombra d'un faggio fermò l'incerto passo
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14210 ff 35v - 41v

The young man, perhaps unlucky and unhappy Tirsi, finds himself once more beneath the shade of a beech tree lamenting the cruelty of his beloved Dorinda. 2 recit and aria form with some stylish vocal passage work in both arias.

Range: d# - g#''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Mancini: Ama Tigre crudel
Forces: alto & continuo

Tigers love, lions burn with love, the seas love the mountains and rivers, the woods love the forests, why doesn't this girl love him? In RARA format (andante & allegro).

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 2461

Range: G - b'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce solo di contralto
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