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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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Alessandro Scarlatti
Biography of the Italian composer Alessandro Scarlatti by Rosalind Halton
Contributor: Rosalind Halton

Alessandro Scarlatti in the 21st century
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Cantate da Camera of Alessandro Scarlatti
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Contributor: Rosalind Halton

Editorial principles: The Scarlatti Cantatas
Principles used in Rosalind Halton's Scarlatti Editions
Contributor: Rosalind Halton

Hexachord, The
Abridged from the article in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
Contributor: William Drabkin

Researching the Cantatas of Alessandro Scarlatti
Article featured at the Scarlatti Project
Contributor: Rosalind Halton


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