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Detail from the autograph of the Cantata pastorale, 1716: Non s qual pi m'ingombra
Source: Musiksammlung der Staatsbibliothek, Berlin

Detail from the autograph score of Cantata da camera: Ombre tacite e sole, 31.10.1716
Source: British Library

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The Composer's Words
Scarlatti enjoyed the patronage of Ferdinando de' Medici in the first decade of the 18th century. The cultured prince - who supported the ambitious inventions of Bartolomeo Cristofori while he developed the 'cembalo col forte e piano' - commissioned several operas from Alessandro. The composer could not often attend to direct the productions, and he entrusted some of his ideas about his music to the prince.

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Tommie Andersson (theorbo, baroque guitar)

is Australia's leading specialist in lutes, early guitars and the interpretation of music for these instruments, as well as a highly sought-after accompanist and continuo player. He came to Australia in 1984 after completing his studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where his teachers included Eugen Dombois and Hopkinson Smith. He has toured extensively in his native Sweden, as well as performing and giving masterclasses in many European countries.

Tommie Andersson performs regularly as continuo player with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Opera Australia, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the Song Company, and Sydney Philharmonia. He appears on numerous discs, including his solo CD on the Musica Viva label, recorded in 1990.

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