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Detail from the autograph of the Cantata pastorale, 1716: Non sò qual più 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
'I have marked ... at necessary places the louds and softs of the instruments, which are the only means of making that chiaroscuro which makes singing and playing attractive.'
(A. Scarlatti, on his opera, Il Gran Tamerlano 1706.)

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Rosalind Halton (Musical Director of chacona - harpsichord)

pursues the double career of harpsichordist and music researcher, inspired by her teachers Professors Peter Platt (NZ) and Denis Arnold (Oxford) to combine her research interests with performance. Undergraduate study at the University of Otago, New Zealand, led to a doctorate on Haydn at Oxford, harpsichord studies with David Ledbetter and Colin Tilney, extensive continuo work in the U.K., and research into the cantatas of Alessandro Scarlatti. Her major project to date is the double CD Olimpia and other Cantatas for ABC Classics (released 2001): 11 newly researched Scarlatti cantatas with the ensemble chacona and 4 leading Australian singers.

Rosalind's double solo CD ‘The French Harpsichord’ (ABC Classics) received a Soundscapes recording award in 1997. She has given solo recitals throughout the U.K., France, Austria, Canada and New Zealand, and duo recitals with Canadian baroque flautist Elissa Poole. In Australia she has performed with early music ensembles in all the Eastern states, founding the ensemble chacona in 1997 with violinist Lucinda Moon and cellist Jamie Hey. The ensemble has broadcast regularly on ABC-FM's program 'Sunday Live'.

Recent CD recording: 'Louis Couperin & Friends'
Music by Louis Couperin, Chambonnières, and Gaspard Le Roux; harpsichord by Martin Puehringer (Haslach, Austria), after the 1681 Vaudry, Paris.

Rosalind came to Australia in 1986, joining the Music Dept. at the University of New England as Co-ordinator of Performance Studies. In 1999 she was appointed Senior Lecturer in Performance and Musicology at the University of Newcastle and has also taught harpsichord for the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (2000). Her editions of baroque cantatas are published by Saraband Music (Australia), King's Music (U.K.) and Cantata Editions

Rosalind Halton

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