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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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Hasse: Alma redemptoris mater
Forces: alto, strings & continuo

Source: BL R.M.c.17.(4) 15ff (once the property of Dr Burney)

In three sections of two hexameters each this is a beautiful setting of the latin text.

The Alma Redemptoris Mater is one of the four seasonal antiphons prescribed to be sung or recited in the Liturgy of the Hours after night prayer (Compline or Vespers). It is usually sung from the eve of the first Sunday of Advent until the Friday before the Feast of the Presentation.

Range: b flat - d'

Editor: James Sanderson

Marian antiphon
£9.95
Hasse: È ver, è ver mia Fille
Forces: alto, strings & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14213 (only source)

Once again a young man's love is being rejected by a heartless shepherdess. 2 recit & arias format with a large dominant pedal presence!

Range: d - e'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata con violini
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Hasse: Infelice tortorella
Forces: alto, strings & continuo

Source: BL Add 14213 ff 37v - 48v (only source)

This a charming cantata with an opening ritornello vaguely reminiscent of the Vivaldi Gloria. Three movements: aria (larghetto e staccato), recitative and aria (allegretto)

The theme is Arcadian, this time the shepherd(ess) compares him/herself to the dove and the way it behaves when separated from it's love.

Range: a - e'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata con violini
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Hasse: Irene, amata Irene
Forces: alto & continuo

From the collection of the Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella this is a charming cantata for contralto and continuo. Typically, our protagonist is in love with a dismissive Irene and he expresses this in a RARA format with sinuous recitatives, a complex. chromatic first Adagio aria and a fiery aria to finish.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera
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Hasse: Oh Dio partir conviene
Forces: alto & continuo

A classic lontananza cantata with great pathos. RARA format and filled with plangent melody and extraordinary harmonic shifts in the recitatives. Mirzia is our heroine and her erstwhile lover is forced to be separated from her. Oh, the anguish!!

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera
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Hasse: Orgoglioso fiumicello (alto)
Forces: mezzo-soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14213 ff 28r - 36v

Edited from an extremely clear copy in a lower key than usual (starts E major), this very popular cantata of the time (1732) exists in at least 8 copies world-wide. With a charming Sì suonar se piace opening with triplets against duplets, the cantata is in aria - recit - aria format. In the Metastasian text, it appears Clori has strayed, but her lover waits for her, knowing that the stream must return to the sea.

Range: b - g'

Editor: James Sanderson
Cantata obligato
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Hasse: Passa da pena in pena
Forces: alto, flute & continuo

To go through many pains to acheive true love seems to be the moral of many of the Pastoral cantata texts and this beautiful example is no exception. In ARA format, the first aria in 2/4 then 3/8, the last a lovely allegro moderato

Source: MSS in Münster and the British Library

Range: c - e'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata con flauto
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Hasse: Pur ti stringo in questo petto
Forces: alto & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14213 ff 49v - 55v

This was a very popular work at the time of its writing. There are no fewer than 7 copies extant, 3 of which are in the UK. The cantata starts with an aria with 'Si suonar se piace' over contrary motion figures in the continuo/upper part. Reminiscent in some ways of Orgoglioso fiumicello. The final section is a recit-cum-arioso apologising for any interruption! Very singable, very enjoyable...

Range: b - e'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera
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Leo: Adorato Giesù
Forces: alto & continuo

Source: BL MS Add 14112 The first of six 'Cantate Spirituale' in a British Library manuscript containing works exclusively by Leo.

Consisting of recit - arioso - recit - largo - recit - largo - recit - largo assai, with the last being non-da capo. The theme is one in which the listener is exhorted to find love through Christ.

Range: a - c#'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata spirituale
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Leo: Beatus vir
Forces: alto, violins & continuo

A substantial setting of the psalm 112 for alto, violins and continuo. Virtuosic in style and showing galant musical characteristics. In seven movements.

Source: Münster HS xy175

Range: a - d'

Editor: James Sanderson

Motetto solo (Psalm 112)
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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: Dal di che in questo petto
Forces: alto & continuo

A delightful RARA format cantata for alto and continuo in which our erstwhile lover tries to convince Nice that love is just a game and forgiving his infidelity is her only course of action. Hmmm...interesting theory...

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera
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Leo: Dove fuggo, a che penso
Forces: alto & continuo

Source: BL MS Add 14112

The second of six 'Cantate Spirituale' in a British Library manuscript containing works exclusively by Leo.

Starting with a great recit with the bass line flying around the vocal part, the works consists of three recit and aria pairs. The second aria (MIDI preview) being wonderfully chromatic. The subject matter concerns the sinner's unwillingness to return to Godliness.

Range: Bb - d'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata spirituale
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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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Leo: Io seguir il Nume arciero
Forces: alto & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14210 ff18r - 23v

The follower of the God of Love is regretting his decision and exhorts us to choose freedom over the chains of love! 2 recit and aria format with excellent contrast between the arias and interesting and involved recits.

Range: b flat - d'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera
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Leo: IX Lezione per la Settimana Santa
Forces: soprano, alto & continuo

Sources: BL Add MS 14112, Egerton MS 2466

The complete IX Lezione per la Settimana Santa ... per la Real Capella di Napoli. See the individual descriptions for details.

Editor: James Sanderson

9 Lessons for Holy Week
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Leo: Laudate pueri
Forces: alto, 2 corni, 2 oboi, violins, viola & continuo

A substantial setting of the psalm 113 from what is reputed to be an autograph source. Galant in style and virtuosic for the singer.

Source: Münster HS xy175

Range: b - d' Editor: James Sanderson

£7.95
Leo: Lezione del Giovedì Santo
Forces: soprano, alto & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14112, Egerton MS 2466

The Lessons for the Thursday of Holy Week from the IX Lezione per la Settimana Santa ... per la Real Capella di Napoli. Divided primarily into the three sections, 'De lamentatione Jeremiæ prophetæ. Heth. Cogitavit Dominus disspare', 'Lamed. Matribus suis dixerunt', and 'Aleph. Ego vir videns paupertatem', the first and last for soprano, the central section for alto, each section is then subdivided into many smaller quasi-aria, arioso, and recitative sections which make up the whole, each ending with the imploring Jerusalem convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum - Jerusalem, return to your God. They are extraordinary works with great variation and some truly extraordinary invention both in terms of melody and harmony. The range, both dramatic and vocal is extraordinary.

Editor: James Sanderson

Lessons for Thursday of Holy Week
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Leo: Lezione del Mercordi Santo
Forces: soprano, alto & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14112

The Lessons for the Wednesday of Holy Week from the IX Lezione per la Settimana Santa ... per la Real Capella di Napoli. Divided primarily into the three sections, 'Incipit lamentatio Jeremiæ Prophetæ. Aleph. Quomodo sedet sola civitas', 'Vau. Et egressus est a Filia Sion', and 'Manum suam misit hostis (missing the Ioth. at the start of the verse)', the first and last for soprano, the central section for alto, each section is then subdivided into many smaller quasi-aria, arioso, and recitative sections which make up the whole, each ending with the imploring Jerusalem convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum - Jerusalem, return to your God. They are extraordinary works with great variation and some truly plangent harmonies. This first of the three Lezione uses much variation between violoncelli and bassi.

Range (soprano): b flat - b flat''

Range (alto): G - e flat'

Editor: James Sanderson

Lessons for Wednesday of Holy Week
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