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
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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| The Group
| chacona |
was formed in 1997 by Lucinda Moon, Jamie Hey, and Rosalind Halton: musicians from three states of Australia - South Australia, Queensland, and New So...
| James Sanderson (countertenor) |
James Sanderson, performer, teacher and musicologist, has been working on the preparation of editions of 18th century Italian vocal music for the last...
| 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 gu...
| Miriam Allan (soprano) |
Miriam Allan graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Newcastle (Australia), with first class honours and the University Medal...
| Jane Edwards (soprano) |
is one of Australia's most experienced and acclaimed singers in an unusually wide range of repertoire. She appears regularly on concert platforms thro...
| Rosemary Webber (violone)
studied at the Victorian College of the Arts, and subsequently at the Royal Conservatory, the Hague, on modern bass under Knut Guettler and on baroque...
| 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...
| 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 co...
| 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 acco...
| Stephen Freeman (violin) |
is a member of Elysium Ensemble, principal second violin with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, and performs regularly with the Sydney ensemble Sa...
| Hans-Dieter Michatz (recorder) |
has a long-standing reputation for his performances on baroque flute, recorder, and modern flute. He has appeared in many of Australia's prime musical...
| Jamie Hey (cello) |
Jamie Hey took up the postion of principal cellist of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in 2002, as well as being the cellist of chacona<...
| Lucinda Moon (violin) |
Lucinda began her career as a modern violinist, performing with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne C...