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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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Vivien Hamilton (soprano)

is an early music vocal specialist based in Melbourne. A graduate of the University of Western Australia, she studied singing with Molly McGurk and guest teachers Nigel Rogers and Jane Manning, and was research assistant to Professor David Tunley. After moving to London, she studied with David Mason and sang with the Hilliard Ensemble in the first performance and recording of Arvo Prt's Passio. While in London, she also sang with Kent Opera, New Sadlers Wells Opera, Mecklenburgh Festival Opera, and the BBC singers.

Vivien is currently Lecturer in Voice at Monash University, and conducts the Monash University Women's Choir, also teaching at the University of Melbourne. Her recent work covers many styles and contexts, from the role of Mrs Anderson in the Melbourne Theatre Company's production of Sondheim's A Little Night Music, to her performance as soprano soloist in J.S. Bach's St. John Passion at the Festival of Perth, with tenor Peter Schreier, and performances with Chamber Made Opera, Melbourne. Her recorded work includes an ABC TV documentary on the Perth Terrace Proms 1999, and CDs on the Move label, notably The Tyrannick Love: Choice Ayres and Songs from the Restoration (1999) with the Orpheus Ensemble, and La Campagnia with the Renaissance Loud Wind Band (2000).

Vivien Hamilton

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