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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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was formed in 1997 by Lucinda Moon, Jamie Hey, and Rosalind Halton: musicians from three states of Australia - South Australia, Queensland, and New South Wales - spanning a distance of thousands of kilometres. Recording is an important branch of chacona's activities. The ensemble was launched in January 1998 in a highly successful live broadcast for the ABC on the programme Sunday Live, featuring the virtuoso baroque violin music of Biber played by Lucinda Moon, and chamber music from the French baroque. They were invited to perform a second programme for Sunday Live the following year.

1998 saw concerts by chacona in regional New South Wales (Armidale, Glen Innes, Newcastle), Sydney St. James' Church, the Melbourne Early Music Festival, with Rosemary Webber (violone), and the Sydney Spring International Festival of Contemporary Music with Hans-Dieter Michatz (baroque flute) and The Musick Roome, featuring newly commissioned works for the ensemble as well as 20th century classics for harpsichord by Louis Andriessen and Linda Catlin Smith, and music by Biber and Louis and Franšois Couperin.

2000 - chacona performed in Noumea at the invitation of the Australian Embassy in new Caledonia. (with Fumiko Matsui, viola da gamba)

CD recordings: a double CD of cantatas by Alessandro Scarlatti is in the pipeline from ABC Classics, on the Antipodes label devoted to historically informed performance of baroque/classical periods. Due for release in 2000, producer Ralph Lane, the discs contain performances of 11 cantatas not previously recorded according to current catalogues. Solo cantatas with basso continuo are included alongside major works for solo singer and instruments (Olimpia, Orche di Febo, Cantata Pastorale, 1716) and the duet Dove fuggi? (sung by Jane Edwards and James Sanderson).

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