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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'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Leo: Dite vedesti forse una donzella
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

The never-ending search for Nice fills this virtuosic cantata. Lovely imagery including lions, tigers, waves and ships in RARA format. The first aria is full of pathos, calling for the nightingale, the second, following a recitativo accompagnato is fast and furious, a 'navigante' aria. with a range extending to high B flat, this is quite a piece of work!

Editor: James Sanderson

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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.

Editor: James Sanderson

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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

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Leo: Or che barbara sorte
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL MS Add 14210 ff 10r - 17r

In classic two recit and aria format with some wicked chromatic shifts in the recits, the lover bemoans the cruelty of Fate which has parted him from his beloved.

Range: c - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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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: Piansero Eurilla mia
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14210 ff 2r - 9v

A gentle and loving story of a man abandoned in the woods (amongst flowers and verdant fields, of course) by his beloved Eurilla. Still he loves her - your blond hair, your white hands, your faithfulness(!). 2 recits (both quite large and complicated) and 2 arias (moderato and allegro with a slower(?) reflective middle section in triple time).

Range: d - g''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Leo: S'io credessi il cor costante
Forces: soprano & continuo

'If' is, of course, the important word in this cantata. "If I belived in a faithful heart..." A discussion of the pain caused by loving too much. ARA format, both arias excellent and sinuous.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 2358(3)

Range: d# - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Leo: Sorge Lidia la notte
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source BL Add 31618 - a manuscript conatining a number of orchestral cantatas by Leo in copies of varying quality.

The format is sinfonia - recit - aria - recit - aria and the general feel is that peculiar pre-classical sound with repeated bass notes and many pedals. A charming cantata in which the lover compare's the beloved's absence to the shadows of night. Very romantic!

Range: Bb - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Leo: Tormentoso pensiero
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source: BL MS Add 31618

From a selection of Leo orchestral cantatas in copy, this is a charming example of the genre. Two recit and aria format, both arias in an extremely late baroque style.

The text deals with a young man's absence from his beloved Eurilla.

Range: d - b flat''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Leo: Vado dal piano al monte
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Source: BL Add 31618

Searching from field to plain the lover cannot find his beloved Clori and his sadness is killing him - the melodrama! Aah...

In aria - recit - aria format, the first a beautiful Larghetto the last a gracious Allegretto.

Range: e - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

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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

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Porpora: Or che d'orrido verno
Forces: soprano, flute, strings & continuo

A substantial cantata with a 2-part Sinfonia, then RARA, including a particularly beautiful Affettuoso aria on the theme of separation from the beloved and a virtuosic final aria railing against the sea.

Range: d - a'

Editor: James Sanderson

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