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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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Nicole Forsyth (viola, violin)

is a Sydney-based musician who currently works with a variety of early music groups on the east coast, among them the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Salut!, Sirius Ensemble, Camerata Classica and the Australian Bach Ensemble. She studied at Sydney Conservatorium, and was awarded two scholarships for further study in Europe in early music performance.

She also enjoys exploring the later chamber music repertoire on modern viola, with the Arcadia Ensemble; and has worked with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Tasmanian & Sydney Symphony Orchestras, and the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra.

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