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Hasse: Aure liete intorno à Clori
Forces: soprano & continuo

In this plaint over the pain of love there is a disturbing link between the 'loving chains' and 'sweet signs' of love.

ARA format with a lovely andantino to start and a dotted allegro to finish.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 2358(8)
Range: e - a''

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Hasse: Chieggio ai gigle ed alle rose
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14213 ff 23r - 27v (only source)

Here's where you learn not to ask nature where your love is concealed! One glance and she loses her liberty and gains a lover!!

Aria (cantabile) - recit - aria (un poco allegro) format.

Range: e - a''
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Hasse: Credi ò cara alla speranza
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14213 ff 17r - 22v (only source)

A totally charming work, both musically and textually - despite a little sentimentality. The text can be summarised with one of the lines from the second aria '...there may be more beautiful shepherdesses out there, but you'll never find one as faithful...' Sweet! Excellent largo to start and a stirring presto for the final aria.

Range: d - g'

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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.

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Hasse: Lascia i fior
Forces: soprano & continuo

from BL MS Add 14214. Lovely throbbing affettuoso to start and an extraordinary chromatic 'B' section in the second aria.

Range d - a'

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Hasse: Lungi d'ogni amoroso
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL MS Add 14214

An interestingly chromatic cantata with a wide range and virtuosic writing for the voice and continuo

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Hasse: O pace del mio cor
Forces: mezzo-soprano & continuo

O peace of my heart, where do you wander?

A beautiful RARA format cantata with roccoco harmony, delightful vocal lines and a real charm.

Range: c - f'

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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!!

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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'

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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'

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Leo: Amo la bella, ah nò
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14220 f73r - 76v

The lover is torn between his head and his heart with love for his 'beauty'. Who wins? Two recit and aria form with a stunning first Largo (see MIDI) and a fiery presto to finish.

Range: d - g'

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Leo: Aure liete intorno à Clori
Forces: soprano & continuo

Leo's setting of this popular text. Whilst Clori sleeps her lover guards her rest and surrounds her with flowers (whilst binding himself in the pleasant chains of love). ARA format with two sensuous arias.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 2358(7)

Range: d - a flat''

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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''

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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...

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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

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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'

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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'

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Leo: Non potrei benche volessi
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add SM 14112 ff 111r - 114r

As the stream to the sea, so am I drawn to you. Thus runs the final aria and summarises this charming cantata (despite Clori's continued infedelity). Aria (Affettuoso) - recit - aria (Non presto) format.

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Leo: Oh' Dio qual duolo sia
Forces: soprano & continuo

"What sadness to be parted from the beloved" It is a beautiful example of a lontananza cantata with stunningly sinuous writing within the ARA format. The first aria has a 3-8 B section, the recit is involved and expressive and the final aria is a wealth of beautiful music.

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Leo: Oimè, che veggio?
Forces: soprano & continuo

The pain of betrayal and the anguish it causes is the theme of the first part of this delightful cantata. The sobbing of the affettuoso aria is beautiful. The second half of the cantata, however, sees our young man in a fury! His long recit and final 'rage' aria (with its contrasting 3/2 middle section) are a piece of virtuosic writing of the first order.

Editor: James Sanderson

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