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 La Festa d'Imeneo
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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

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Porpora: Speranza del mio cor
Forces: alto & continuo

Source BL Add 14122
Hope of my heart..." Virtuosic cantata for alto and continuo in two recitatives and arias

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Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Porpora: Sù la cime d'un monte
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add 14215 (only source)
Beautifully crafted cantata in a very good and detailed copy. Tirsi is 'dolente' and mesto' yet again, this time starting at the top of a mountain. Here he feels all the pain that love for Eurilla is causing. The first aria, Lento is a perfect evocation of this emotion.
Range: e flat' - g''

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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''
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Porpora: T'intendo si mio cor
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14210 ff 136v - 141r/Add MS 14157 ff 1v - 5v
A popular piece at the time, this cantata exists in MSS in libraries from the US to the UK and Italy. The text is based on Amor timido or Timid Cupid and may be by Metastasio. Aria (Adagio) - recit aria (Allegro) format, short but very sweet!
Range: f - g'

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Porpora: Ti piacque non è vero
Forces: alto & continuo

Oh, the pain of unrequited love fills our protagonist in this simple but effective piece. In ARA format, both arias allegro
Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 3319 (only source)
Range: a - d'

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Porpora: Tocca à voi ò mie pupille
Forces: soprano & continuo

Another example of the futility of asking Love for help. In ARA format with a smooth 'pathetic' style opening and an allegro finish.
Source: Münster, Santini HS 3313 (13) Also attributed to Mancini in HS 2459 in a transcription for alto a 5th lower.
Range: d - g'

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Porpora: Tu ten vai così festoso
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL MS Add 14214 146v - 152v
A popular cantata at the time of its composition, there are no fewer than 7 copies in collections from Italy to Scandinavia. An intensely chromatic recitative is surrounded by a beautifully crafted affettuoso aria and a quirky allegro/tempo giusto. Once again Clori is being difficult...
Range: e - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Porpora: Vaghi amori
Forces: soprano, strings & continuo

Imeneo's opening aria from 'La Festa d'Imeneo' Written for Farinelli in 1736 as part of a Serenata composed for the wedding of the Prince of Wales, this is a virtuosic piece with a great deal of room for embellishment.

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Aria from La Festa d'Imeneo
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Porpora: Vanne e vivi con la speranza
Forces: soprano, alto, violins & continuo

A very popular duet by Porpora which is extant in a number of copies throughout the world. This edition is based mainly upon the copy in the British Library Add 31593. The lovers free one another to separate and live in hope.

Editor: James Sanderson

Duetto à due voci, soprano e contralto
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Porpora: Vedi mio core amante
Forces: alto & continuo

A further copy of a work thought only to exist in Italy and Scotland. This copy, written in alto clef is still quite high (to e) and in classic recit-aria-recit-aria form, the first aria 'affettuoso' the second 'presto'. Available in high and low keys.

Editor: James Sanderson

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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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

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Cantata à voce sola di contralto
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Porpora: Venticel che trà le frondi
Forces: mezzo-soprano, strings & continuo

From a very clear contemporary copy in the British Library

A substantial cantata with a text concerning our old friends Tirsi and Clori.

Range c# - f' and would suit a low soprano or highish alto. Excellent largo to start and a dramatic accompagnato recit. The feel is similar to the Venetian motets.

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Cantata con violini
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Porpora: Vidi la navicella
Forces: alto & continuo

Source: BL Add 14214 ff139v - 145v (only source)
Slightly careless copy of a cantata with some tremendous invention. Aria - recit - aria form, the text deals with a lovely simile of a boat on rough seas longing for the shore being like the treacherous waters of love.
Range: a - d'

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Porpora: Vigilate oculi mei
Forces: soprano & continuo

From the Santini Collection in Münster (Hs. 3307) this is an early work (1712) dated Rome 30 June/1 July, 1712 which was the period Porpora was in Naples working for the Prince of Hessen Darmstadt. Amazing coloratura!

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Solo antiphon
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Sotto l'ombra d'un faggio (collection)
A collection of three settings of the 'Sotto l'ombre d'un mirth' text, by Mancini, Leo and Porpora. A fun collection with much to offer. 2 continuo cantatas and one with violins. See the individual cantatas for previews etc.

The young man, perhaps unlucky and unhappy Tirsi, finds himself once more beneath the shade of a beech tree lamenting the cruelty of his beloved Dorinda. 2 recit and aria form with some stylish vocal passage work in both arias.

Collection of cantatas for soprano
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