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A virtuoso aria with ground bass
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Simple strophic song for soprano
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Bononcini: 2 duetti da camera
Forces: sop, alto/alto, alto & continuo

The two duetti da camera from the 1721 edition 'Cantate e Duetti dedicati alla Sacra Maestà di Giorgio Rè della Gran Bretagna'

Pietoso Nume Arcier (2 altos & continuo)
Luci barbare spietate (soprano, alto & continuo)

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Editor: James Sanderson

2 chamber duets
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Bononcini: 3 soprano cantate da camera
Forces: soprano & continuo

The three soprano cantate da camera from the 1721 edition 'Cantate e Duetti dedicati alla Sacra Maestà di Giorgio Rè della Gran Bretagna'

Da te che pasci ogn'ora
Dolente e mesta
O frondoso arboscello

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Editor: James Sanderson

3 cantate à voce sola di soprano
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Bononcini: All'or che il cieco nume
Forces: soprano & continuo

'...it is better to have loved and lost...' could easily be the motto of this cantata. Despite pleading to Cupid for mercy the 'blind God' remains silent and leaves the protagonists to their misery. RARARAR format

Source: BL Add 31547 f25r - 33r

Range: e - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Alle sue pene intorno
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

As they say, 'Hell hath no fury as a woman scorned...' Filli has been rejected by her lover and although she at first threatens all manner of pain to Cupid, she then calls for the furies to bring her poison to end her suffering. In RARA format, the first aria a witty Minuet, the second a two-tempo allegro then largo. Single Unisoni violin part.

Source: BL Add 31518 13r - 16r

Range: d - a flat'

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Cantata à voce sola di soprano con violini
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Bononcini: Amo, e ridir nol posso
Forces: soprano & continuo

To love and not be able to express it cannot be an easy thing. Suffering, burning, the flames and pains of love. In RARA format, the arias a sweet largo and a bright vivace.

Source: BL Add MS 31545

Range: e - g#'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Amo, peno, gioisco
Forces: soprano & continuo

"I love, I suffer, I rejoice..." Once again our happy/sad lover is back with his masochistic take on love. In RARA format with two great arias, the first with some double-stopping in the continuo, this is another delightful cantata by Mr Bononcini.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 895 (5)

Range: c - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Amor, tiranno amor
Forces: soprano & continuo

A very strict warning about trusting in the fidelity of Cupid. Tyrannous Love has been causing mischief again in this ARARA format cantata. In the copy all the da capo sections have been written out in full with varied style of repeat. Perhaps an aural copy as there are no figures...

Source: BL Add 31518 9r

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Anche i tronchi
Forces: soprano & continuo

'Even the trees and rocks know of my suffering - only you ignore it'. The demanding cello part especially in aria 2 reflects the virtuosity of the composer Bononcini (presumably Giovanni). A-R-A-R-A

Sources: MÜs 3903 & BL Add MS 31547

Range: d'-g''

Editor: Rosalind Halton

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Bononcini: Barbara ninfa ingrata
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

Tirsi is railing at Clori in this large, dramatic cantata. She has gone off and left him again and he wants his life to end. Such drama! 3-part prelude, then RARA format.

Source: 1721 edition in British Library

Range: d - b flat''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola con violini
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Bononcini: Cieco nume tiranno spietato
Forces: soprano & continuo

One of Bononcini's most beautiful cantatas, the subject here deals with Love's blind cruelty. In 5 sections with no da capo arias and with a recurring theme of the title text, the last section presto assai is particularly virtuosic, though broken by emotional largo sections.

Source: BL Add MS 31546 f74v-79r

Range: c# - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Clori, mi sento al core
Forces: soprano & continuo

A story about the close relationship between pain and pleasure in love. Clori is the inspiration again! In RARARARA format - yes it's a long one... Lovely text, varied arias, expressive recitatives.

Source: BL Add MS 31547 f47r - 53r

Range: e - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Clori, mio ben mia vita
Forces: soprano & continuo

Clori had quite a hold over her men! Here our erstwhile suitor complains of the joy she takes in causing him pain and suffering. RARA format, the first recit being particularly expressive. Both arias in triple time with slightly off-beat word setting.

Source: BL Add MS 31545

Range: d# - b flat'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Da te che pasci ogn'ora
Forces: soprano & continuo

Here our protagonist is literally wanting to die for love. Once more a rejected suit leads him to suffer so! In RARA format with a sinuous first aria Affettuoso, e cantabile and an excellent vivace to finish.

Source: British Library copy of the 1721 edition

Range: e - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Dal giorno fortunato
Forces: soprano & continuo

"...on that fortunate day when first I gazed into your eyes...the playful God of Love enflamed my heart for eternity..." I wonderful work in RARARA format including a beautiful affettuoso, a sprightly menuetto and a virtuosic presto to finish.

Source: British Library Add MS 31545

Range: c - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Dall'incurvato ferro
Forces: soprano & continuo

The cruelty and spite of the gods to our young protagonist is the theme, leaving him in the position of offering his life for one day of happiness with his beloved. Excellent recitatives and some very enjoyable arias (RARARA format)

Source: Münster HS 3915(19)

Range: e - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Del suo fedel, e taciturno ardore
Forces: soprano & continuo

A large and unusual piece, both in terms of the aria formats and the characters. In RARARA format, none of the arias are da capo form, the subject deals with the joys and pains of the love of Floridalbo and Fille.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 865

Range: f - a''

Editor: James Sanderson
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Bononcini: Dolente, e mesta vò sospirando
Forces: soprano & continuo

Sadly sighing she longs for her lover Elpino. She searches the shepherd's hut, the fields and can't find him, finally singing a con spirito aria calling to him to come to her. In ARA format with a deliciously chromatic opening cantabile, et affettuoso. Interestingly, the continuo line drops to a BB, which would require some retuning.

Source: 1721 edition in the British Library

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Filli, dell' tuo partire
Forces: soprano & continuo

Deserted by cruel Filli our lover remains alone and suffering. "...remember the sighs of the one who dies for you..." RARARA format with a lovely triple time largo and two sprightly arias to follow.

Source: BL Add MS 31545

Range: c - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Già la stagion d'Amore
Forces: alto & continuo

Even in the season of Love, the course of true love does not run smooth! RARA format with two really lovely arias, Affettuoso e Cantabile and Vivace.

Source: 1721 edition in the British Library.

Range: a - c'

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Bononcini: Io son lungi alla mia vita
Forces: soprano & continuo

Typical of cantatas with the subject matter of distance and longing, Bononcini gives his singer a difficult time with the third note forming a major seventh over the bass. Full of plangent harmony and some lively coloratura. ARARA format.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 3977

Range: c - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Irene Idolo amato
Forces: soprano & continuo

Within the classic 'partenza' cantatas this is unusual as it refers directly to going off to war and perhaps dying in battle. Some lovely linguistic turns and this RARA format cantata.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 3915(16)

Range: c# - f#'

Editor: James Sanderson
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Bononcini: Lidio, schernito amante
Forces: soprano & continuo

The agony of love unrequited returns in the text of this work. The 'delirium of Love', the 'agony of the heart'. Excellent and virtuosic recitatives link three delightful arias covering a two octave range.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 3915(12)

Range: b - b''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Luci barbare spietate
Forces: soprano, alto & continuo

The tempestuous meeting of Tirsi and Dorinda. 'Your eyes are the cause of my suffering...but I will always be faithful...' In Duet - Recit - Duet format with both duets virtuosic for the singers.

Source: 1721 edition in the British Library

Range (soprano): c - g'

Range (alto): G - d

Editor: James Sanderson

Duetto da camera à soprano e contralto
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Bononcini: O penosa lontananza
Forces: soprano, bass & continuo

Here we see both sides of the coin with the soprano lamenting the pain of separation and the bass rejoicing that being so far apart there is less pain... This is a wonderful duetto da camera in Duet - recit - aria - recit- aria - duet format. One for each and the two duets surrounding all.

Editor: James Sanderson
Duetto da camera à soprano e basso
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Bononcini: Peno, peno e l'alma fedele
Forces: soprano & continuo

Arcadia is in turmoil and Tirsi is really suffering with a wicked, lying beloved here. '...to hope for fidelity is torment...' A large piece with 3 recits and 3 arias finishing with a delightful minuet.

Source: BL Add MS 31546 22v

Range: c# - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Per sollevar quest'alma
Forces: soprano & continuo

A slightly odd and disturbing discussion about how close our love of love is to our love of a little torment. RARA format with two sprightly arias.

Source: British Library Add MS 31545 ff 7r - 12r

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Pur vi riveggio ancora
Forces: soprano & continuo

In this pastoral scene the golden shafts of Cupids darts fly from the beloved's eyes and pierce his heart. Despite the pain he decides that mercy and silence are the only solution. RARAR format, lento, allegro and the last recit becoming an arioso.

Source: BL Add MS 31545

Range: c - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Quanto peno e quanto piango
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14211 52r

Short aria - recit - aria format but absolutely delightful! What we go through for love. Despite being cruel, unkind, like a serpent, still he loves her and yearns for her - such pain, such tears! This would be an excellent piece for a difficult spot in a program - total duration is only around 4 or 5 minutes

Range: f - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Stanca di più penar
Forces: soprano & continuo

Finally the boys are getting their revenge on Clori. Tired of too much suffering, she turns to the God of Love to ask for pity, but does he help her...? In RARARA format with two sprightly vivace arias following an expressive largo.

Source: BL Add MS 31545

Range: e - a'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Sventurato Mirtillo, e che farai?
Forces: soprano & continuo

Miserable Mirtillo is complaining of the rigours and upsets of his love for Dorinda. In RARA format, allegro and adagio arias provide pathos and brilliant coloratura.

Range: d# - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Trà l'amene delitie
Forces: soprano & continuo

Veiwing the painful side of love, Eurilla searches for her Armindo in the garden of Love, but can find not even a breath of him. In RARAR format with two curiously 'twisted' arias - affettuoso and largo and finishing with a sinuous recitative.

Source: BL Add MS 31545

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Viver e non amar
Forces: soprano & continuo

"...to live and not to love..." is a crime according to our erstwhile lover here. She, however, loves Tirsi above all else and credits Cupid with her choice. In RARA format, including a beautiful largo and a delightful menuetto - short and with a small (one octave) range.

Source: BL Add MS 31545

Range: a' - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Carissimi: Ferma, lascia ch'io parli (Lamento di Maria Stuarda)
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL MS Harley 1265

An extensive lament for soprano and continuo with range from e to c'' (!!)

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di soprano
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Carissimi: Filli, non t'amo più
Forces: soprano & continuo

This virtuoso piece on a ground bass caught the attention of some editors of the late 19th-early 20th centuries, including Riemann: 3 editions from 1877 to 1923 are cited by new Grove, but apparently none since. The source of this edition is MS. 51 Christ Church College, Oxford, undoubtedly a product of the intense cultivation of Carissimi's music by Henry Aldritch and Richard Goodson.
Range: d'-a''

Editor: Rosalind Halton

A virtuoso aria with ground bass
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Carissimi: Si dia bando alla speranza
This short song by Carissimi (1605-74) appears in Ms. 51, Christ Church Library, pp.79-81, a manuscript given entirely to solo cantatas and songs by Carissimi for soprano, with a few for bass and continuo.

Some of the Carissimi's most profound and substantial works are given in this manuscript, and Si dia bando alla speranza may be counted as one of the lightest and most appealing pieces in the manuscript, which also contains a copy of the popular Bel tempo per me se n’andò.

Simple strophic song for soprano
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Colonna: Cleopatra moribonda
Forces: soprano & continuo

An enormous and complex work for soprano and continuo telling through her own voice the fate of Cleopatra after being betrayed and deserted by Rome. Poison, asps, vengeance, fury, it has everything. In 24(!) parts, some as short as 2 bars, Colonna has created a scene of operatic drama and intensity. The poetry is by Sigr D Donato Copeda

Source: BL Add MS 27931 (large quarto with the Medici coat of arms)
Range: c - b flat''

Editor: James Sanderson

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