Porpora, Nicola Antonio

Born Naples 17th August, 1686

Died Naples 3rd March, 1768

A celebrated composer and singing teacher, Porpora's ability to set the Italian language to music was internationally acknowledged during his lifetime.

"…Porpora's Cantatas particularly the Recitatives, are still regarded in Italy as models of perfection for narrative Music… The Cantatas of Nicolo (sic) Porpora have been always much esteemed, on account of the excellence of their Recitatives, and the good taste and truly vocal style of the airs…"

He numbered among his students Metastasio, Farinelli, Caffarelli, Antonio Uberti (known as "Porporino"), Regina Mingotti and the composer Franz Joseph Haydn.

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Aria from Polifemo
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Aria from Flavio Anicio Olibrio
£3.95
A setting of psalm 115(116)
£12.95
Setting of Psalm 129/130
£12.95
Aria from Gli Orti Esperidi
£4.95
Solo motet
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Setting of Psalm 113/114
£7.95
Solo vespers motet
£8.95
Lament from Arianna in Naxo.
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Setting of Psalm 126/127
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Porpora: Abbandonata e sola
Forces: alto & continuo

Here Porpora is at the height both of his recitative and 'pathetic' writing with a stunning first aria, but also maintains the fieriness of his allegro writing in the last aria.

This pastoral cantata is all about 'separation angst' and the suffering when abandoned by one's love - in this case Fileno (again).

Source: Münster Santini Hs 3313 (Nr. 17)

Range: c - d'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera
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Porpora: Alla caccia dell'alme
Forces: alto & continuo

A hunting cantata, as virtuosic as the Vivaldi version and with even better recitatives! ARA format, here Clori is the huntress who ensnares men with her charms, too late our lover discovers he is already caught, but he is "...not the first and not alone."

Range: a - e

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata da camera
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Porpora: Alto Giove
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo The aria made famous through the film 'Farinelli: il castrato' Beautiful and virtuosic, it concerns Acis thanking Jove for making him immortal. In two sections, the beautiful lento with it's slowly moving harmony and sinuous vocal line, and an unexpected andantino middle section. This edition comes with orchestral score, vocal score and parts. Range: d - g'' Editor: James Sanderson
Aria from Polifemo
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Porpora: Chiara dea
Forces: alto, strings & continuo

Act I scene i of Porpora's 1711 opera Flavio Anicio Olibrio provides us with another obbligato cello aria (who was the cellist?)

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Flavio Anicio Olibrio
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Porpora: Clari Splendete
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source BL Add. 14125

Written in March 1744 for the Ospedaletto. Virtuosic solo motet.

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Solo motet
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Porpora: Concerto per Violoncello (G)
Forces: violoncello solo, strings & continuo

Porpora's G Major cello concerto from a contemporary copy in BL MS Add 14125. This performing edition comes complete with parts for orchestra and soloist. The MIDI preview is of the second movement - Allegro. There are four movements in total (Adagio (C) - Allegro (C) - Adagio (3/4) - Allegro (6/8)). The concerto is highly virtuosic and the solo writing well suited to the instrument.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cello concerto in G
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Porpora: Credidi propter
Forces: SSAA coro, strings & continuo

Source: BL MS Add. 14127 ff 29r - 38r (autograph)

A setting of psalm 115(116) Credidi propter quod locutus sum ego divided into 3 sections: Psalm - Gloria - Sicut erat & amen.

Written in 1745 for the Ospedaletto, it appears to have been reworked at a later date for SSAB coro, a format more characteristic of earlier works for the Pietà. This version follows the original SSAA coro version in all respects.

Editor: James Sanderson

A setting of psalm 115(116)
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Porpora: De profundis
Forces: soprano & alto solo, SSAA coro, strings & continuo

Source: BL MS Add. 14128 ff 83r - 105r

A substantial setting of the De Profundis in 9 movements, 4 choral (SSAA), 4 solo and one duet, written in 1744 for the Ospedaletto. The soloists are entered in the score as: Bernadetta, Elisabetta Pia, Lauretta (soprani), with Angioletta Moro and Barbara (contralti). As is common in these liturgical settings, Porpora features favoured/most talented students first, the first soprano and alto arias being the most virtuosic.

Editor: James Sanderson

Setting of Psalm 129/130
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Porpora: Domine probasti me (Psalm 138/9)
Forces: SSAA coro, strings & continuo

Source: Autograph in BL Add MS 14216

Writen in October of 1745 for the girls of the Ospedaletto this is a continuous setting, i.e. not divided into separate sections other than for the short, fiery Gloria Patri. Similar in style to the other Psalm settings (Credidi Propter, In Exitu Israel, Qui habitat in adjutorium etc.)

Duration would be around 8 minutes and is perfect for a difficult programming spot!

Editor: James Sanderson

Choral psalm setting
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Porpora: Farinelli arias from Gli orti Esperidi
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

The four arias written for Farinelli in one of his first appearances. Here he sings the rôle of Adone. See the individual arias for MIDI preview - buy all four and save £££!

Includes: Se il morir, fosse mia pena;
Sarebbe nell'amar soave il sospirar;
Giusto Amor; and Se son lontano dal mio diletto

Editor: James Sanderson

Arias
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Porpora: Farinelli arias from Polifemo
Forces: soprano solo with various orchestral accompaniments

Five of the amazing arias written for Farinelli in Porpora's 'Polifemo'

See the individual arias for previews:
Oh' volesser gli Dei/Dolci fresche aurette
Lontan dal solo e caro/Lusingato dalla speme agitato
Nell' attendere il mio bene
Alto Giove
Che dici or tu ch'ai poter che Giove?/Senti il fato

All in orchestral score.

Editor: James Sanderson

Arias
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Porpora: Giusto amor tu che m'accendi
Forces: soprano/alto, obbligato cello & continuo

Adonis' (Farinelli) aria from Act 2, scene ii of the 'Dramma per Musica' Gli orti esperidi (Naples, Palazzo Reale 28th August 1721).

Source BL MS Add. 14118 (autograph).

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Gli Orti Esperidi
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Porpora: In caelo stelle clare
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

One of four solo motets for voice and strings written in 1744/45 for singers at the Ospedaletto in Venice. This virtuosic work is dedicated to Graziola, one of the main soloists Porpora composed for at the Ospedaletto.

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Solo motet
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Porpora: In Exitu Israel
Forces: 2 SAA coro, violins, violetta and continuo

Source: BL Add 14125

Charming homophonic treatment of Psalm 113 written in 1744 (Feb) at the Ospedaletto.

Editor: James Sanderson

Setting of Psalm 113/114
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Porpora: Laetatus Sum
Forces: soprano, SSAA coro, strings & continuo

Source BL Add 14126

Super motet (part of the Marian Vespers) written for the Ospedaletto in Venice in 1744

Editor: James Sanderson

Solo vespers motet
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Porpora: Lontan dal solo e caro
Forces: soprano, oboe, strings & continuo

Aci's (Farinelli's) first aria in Act II, full of pathos and a beautiful line.

Accompagnato recit followed by moderato aria, the solo oboe in the aria both echoing and precursing the vocal line.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Polifemo
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Porpora: Misera, e che farò?
Forces: soprano, oboe, strings & continuo

Source: BL R.M. MS 22.m.30 (contemporary copy)

Arianna's beautiful lament in the centre of act II of Porpora's Arianna in Naxo. The role of Arianna was sung Sgra Cuzzoni at the premier in the Lincoln's Inn Fields theatre in December of 1733. Arianna has just had a 'scene' with both Antiope and Teseo and she's not a happy girl. The accompanied recit is dramatic and exciting, the aria virtuosic and beautiful.

Range: e - a''

Editor: James Sanderson
Lament from Arianna in Naxo.
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Porpora: Nell' attendere il mio bene
Forces: soprano, 2 corni, 2 trombe, 2 oboè, strings & continuo

Aci's (Farinelli's) second Acti II aria and what a sing. This is certainly a 'stand and deliver' moment with the largest scoring in the whole opera.

Editor: James Sanderson

Aria from Polifemo
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Porpora: Nisi Dominus
Forces: alto, SSAA coro, strings & continuo

Source BL Add. 14126

Part of the 1744 vespers written for the Ospedaletto

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Setting of Psalm 126/127
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Porpora: Nunc dimittis (1744)
Forces: 2 soprano solo, SSAA coro, strings & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14126 (autograph)

The canticle sung as part of compline since the 4th century (Luke 2:29-31). In five parts, three choral with a soprano solo and a double soprano duet (quite tricky) Porpora's setting was written in 1744 for the girls of the Ospedaletto in Venice.

Editor: James Sanderson

Canticle setting
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