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
Both the above cantatas are available for purchase through this site.
The Composer's Words
'I have marked ... at necessary places the louds and softs of the instruments, which are the only means of making that chiaroscuro which makes singing and playing attractive.'
(A. Scarlatti, on his opera, Il Gran Tamerlano 1706.)
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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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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<...
| 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...