Pastoral/Shepherd(ess)

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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

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Mancini: Dori, e Mirtillo
Forces: soprano, alto & continuo

A charming duo cantata with two duets, a recit and aria each. Dori[nda] wants to die for love (again!) because Mirtillo has rejected her (she thinks). He declares his undying devotion and all is back to normal. Really interesting harmonically with some very clear vocal writing.

Editor: James Sanderson

Duetto da camera
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Mancini: Qual errante farfaletta
Forces: soprano & continuo

'Like an errante butterfly, I seek the sun I adore...' This is a charming short cantata in ARA format, the first a plaintive lament, the second a fiery presto (see PDF preview) railing at Cupid.
Source: Naples - Bibliotca del Conservatorio di Musica S. Pietro a Majella.

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Quanto dolce è quell'ardore
Forces: soprano, oboe & continuo

Source: Royal College of Music, London, MS. 697

A rewarding cantata for the rare combination of soprano, oboe obligato, and basso continuo, showing the rich cantabile style of Francesco Mancini (Scarlatti's deputy in Naples), with a witty final aria.

Editor: Rosalind Halton

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Mancini: Quanto mai saria più bella
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

Being compared to a stream may not be every girl's idea of a compliment, and Irene is no exception. Our young shepherd loves her, but is worried she is not faithful. Two arias surround a busy recitative and the key is in our shepherd's final words: If the heart is a traitor all the beauty of a lovely face cannot make me a lover!!

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Vaghe pendici amene
Forces: alto & continuo

This is a lovely example of the genre with two well-crafted recitatives and two lovely arias. Some challenging continuo writing as well. Eurilla is the source of consternation this time and the lives of 'Ninfe e Pastore' never run smooth. Stunning word-painting.

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Marcello: Piante Amiche Ombre Cara
Forces: alto & continuo

Source BL Add 14222

2 recits and arias with particularly fine obbligato continuo line in first aria.

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Marcello: Sopra d'un verde prato
Forces: soprano & continuo

Clori is at it again, making her lover burn and sigh. She's a cruel one! RARA format with both arias having very distinct characters, doves, sailors, everything is here.

Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli; Segnatura: Cantate 20

Editor: James Sanderson

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Porpora: Amor crudele Amore
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add 14,215 ff 68r - 71v

Recit - aria - recit - aria form with two beautifully contrasting arias. The shepherd rails against Amor and prays for the love of his shepherdess.

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Porpora: Cantatas Op. 1 (pt. 1 - soprano)

Forces: soprano & continuo

The first six of the cantatas dedicated to the Prince of Wales in 1735

All to texts by Metastasio, they are virtuosic, filled with beautifully written recitatives and arias, perhaps the high-point of Porpora's work in this genre.

D'amore il primo dardo
Nel mio sonno almen
Tirsi chiamare a Nome
Queste che miri o Nice
Scrivo in te l'amato nome (Il nome)
Già la notte s'avvicina

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Editor: James Sanderson
Collection of 6 cantatas for soprano
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Porpora: Cantatas Op. 1 (pt. 2 - alto)
Forces: alto & continuo

The second six of the cantatas dedicated to the Prince of Wales in 1735

All to texts by Metastasio, they are virtuosic, filled with beautifully written recitatives and arias, perhaps the high-point of Porpora's work in this genre.

Veggo la Selva e il monte
Or che una nube ingrata
Destatevi, destatevi ò pastori
Oh se fosse il mio core
Oh Dio che non è vero
Dal povero mio cor

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Editor: James Sanderson
Collection of 6 cantatas for contralto
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Porpora: Cinto il cor d'aspre catene
Forces: soprano & continuo

'The Joys of Love are greater than any freedom' must be the moral of this pastoral cantata. Trapped in the chains of love, the young man still longs for his Fille, not for freedom! In simple ARA format with a very beautiful pair of arias.

Source: Münster Santini HS 3313 (Nr. 19)

Range: d - a''

Editor: James Sanderson
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Porpora: Clori, vezzosa Clori
Forces: soprano & continuo

Separation angst is the theme again in this pastoral cantata. Apart from Clori, her lover bewails his fate through woods, mountains and streams (they always seem to walk so far!). RARA format, the first aria full of wonderful suspensions and a slowly agitated bass line, the second with more agitation in 12/8

Source: Münster Santini HS 3313(3)

Range: e flat - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Porpora: Col tuo dolce mormorio
Forces: soprano & continuo

Early cantata in aria-recit-aria format. Recit has very adventurous harmonic progressions and first aria is very beautiful Lento, last is virtuosic

Editor: James Sanderson

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Porpora: Dalle regia di Flora
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14210

A delightful testament to the beauty of Flora, both physical and 'spiritually'. Comparisons to flowers, the fields, the dawn and, for once, nothing bitter! 2 recits and arias, with the final aria in the classic Porpora virtuosic style.

Range: d - f''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Porpora: Datti pace se puoi
Forces: alto & continuo

Source: alto version in BL Add MS 14210 ff 120r - 127r

The unhappy shepherd is once again longing for his distant love. He cannot believe that she could be untrue. Ah... 2 recits and 2 arias format.

Range: b - e'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Porpora: Destatevi, destatevi o pastori
Forces: alto, obbligato instrument & continuo

Cantata Op. 1, no. 9

An extremely operatic cantata, 'Destatevi' has an obbligato part which alternates between written ritornelli, accompagnato recits, the simple designation accompagnato and arpeggiato bass indications. It could be played on a single line instrument such as flute/violin or on the keyboard. Subject: the power of Love over shepherds and hunters.

Editor: James Sanderson

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Porpora: Ecco che il primo albore
Forces: alto, violins & continuo

From BL Add 14222

Prelude - recit - aria - recit - aria structure with great contrast in mood and style. Written in the period 1712 - 1715

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola con violini
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Porpora: Era il tempo che in cielo
Forces: soprano & continuo

In the heat of the sun the flowers and plants wilt, as does Eurilla in her longing for Tirsi. A lovely example of the genre with a touching Adagio as the first aria and a fiery allegro as the second. In RARA format with Porpora's tradiationally complex recitative writing and very effective melodic writing in the arias. A real delight!

Editor: James Sanderson

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Porpora: Farfalletta semplicetta
Forces: soprano & continuo

Like a butterfly attracted to the light, the lover is attracted to another and burns his wings. Looking to Cupid for help brings no rescue! A beautiful cantata in ARA form.

Sources: GB-Lbl Add MS 14215 ff 13r - 16v & D MÜs: SANT Hs 3313 (Nr. 4)

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Porpora: La viola che languiva
Forces: soprano & continuo

source BL MS Add 14229

lovely pastoral image of a flower languishing on the banks of a river (and of course the shepherd lover)

Editor: James Sanderson

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Porpora: Ò Pastori io v'avviso
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source BL MS Add 14225

A charming pastoral cantata with a text advising Shepherds to stay away from beautiful shepherdesses! The last aria has a written out upper part for the continuo, possibly to be played on a violin or flute.

Editor: James Sanderson

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Porpora: Ombre amiche, ombre care
Forces: soprano & continuo

With a text almost identical to the Marcello cantata Piante amiche, ombre care this is a vivid setting of a pastoral text. Protected by the friendly shadows the lover promises eternal fidelity. RARA format, the first aria allegro the second a lovely Siciliano

Source: Münster Santini 3313(8)
Range: d# - g#'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Porpora: Ove mormora il rio
Forces: soprano & continuo

Using the simile of the suffering nightingale singing for his love, our valiant shepherd pines for Clori in this RARA format cantata. The first aria allegro paints a wonderful picture of the singing nightingale and the last, complicated aria shows the turmoil of the lover.
Source: Münster Santini Hs 3313 (Nr. 16)
Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Porpora: Questo e il platano frondoso
Forces: soprano & continuo

From BL Add 14225
Aria - recit - aria structure with beautiful chromatic inflections and virtuosic last movement.
Editor: James Sanderson

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Porpora: Sente pur, che Maggio è nato
Forces: soprano & continuo

As May is born and Summer begins everyone except Tirsi is feeling the 'swelling of love'. The shepherdess in love with Tirsi is obviously not happy about this. The two arias encompass very different moods, the first, a happy allegro is bright and hopeful, the latter a slow, non da capo larghetto places the blame for unrequited love fairly on the shoulders of Amor.

Source: Münster Santini Hs 3313 (Nr. 18)
Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Porpora: Sorge la bella Aurora
Forces: soprano & continuo

The dawn rises and makes the fields golden and the flowers happy...the birds sing and all is right with the world! This is a lovel ARA format cantata from a copy in the Naples Conservatorio library. A beautiful Andante or Affettuoso begins it and the final aria is a fast and often virtuosic Allegro. The two arias separated by a typically complex Porpora recitative.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Porpora: Sotto l'ombra d'un faggio
Forces: soprano & continuo

Principal source BL MS Add 14229
extremely chromatic 2 recit and aria format (beneath the shade of a beech tree) Subject: Tirsi and Clori and the vicissitudes of love

Editor: James Sanderson

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Porpora: Sù la fiorita sponda
Forces: alto & continuo

Source: BL Add 14214 ff 107v - 114v (only source)
On the flowery banks of the bubbling brook sits the vague Colinette enjoying the theatre of flowers and herbs in a text possibly by Metastasio. She does a lot of sighing and causes drooping (!). Two recit and aria form with an extraordinary first aria full of 32nd notes and a fiery last aria.
Range: c' - d''
Editor: James Sanderson

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Porpora: Veggo la selva e il monte
Forces: alto & continuo

Cantata Op. 1, no. 7
Source: British Library copy of the 1735 edition
Virtuosic cantata for alto and continuo in two recitatives and arias. Second aria is extraordinary!
Text by Metastasio

Editor: James Sanderson

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