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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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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 bass and violone under Margaret Urquhart. Based in Melbourne, Rosemary freelances with early, modern and contemporary ensembles such as the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, chacona and Libra. On the Scarlatti recording she plays a 1721 Johann Franz violone (G-tuning).

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