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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
Assumptions and some Facts
Contributor: Rosalind Halton

Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1750)
Biography of the Italian Composer Antonio Vivaldi, predecessor of Nicola Porpora at the Venetian Ospedale
Contributor: James Sanderson

Cantate da Camera of Alessandro Scarlatti
Article featured at the Scarlatti Project
Contributor: Rosalind Halton

Domenico Scarlatti
Extracted with permission from The Grove Concise Dictionary of Music edited by Stanley Sadie Macmillan Press Ltd., London.
Contributor: James Sanderson

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

Farinelli
Life of the great 18th century singer
Contributor: James Sanderson

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

Introduction to British Library Manuscript Add 29484
Written by the collector in the fly-leaf of this manuscript. An interesting contemporary view.
Contributor: James Sanderson

Leonardo Leo - (1694 - 1744)
James Sanderson's biography of the Neapolitan composer.
Contributor: James Sanderson

Orphans and Musicians in Venice
Denis Stevens describes a unique system of social support in 18th-century Venice that brought great economic, social and cultural benefits.
Contributor: Denis Arnold

Pietro Metastasio
Life of the 18th century poet and librettist
Contributor: James Sanderson

Porpora in England
A brief history of Porpora's time at the Opera of the Nobility in England
Contributor: James Sanderson

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

To the Lovers of Musick
Introduction to the 1711 edition of Pepusch's 'Six English Cantatas'
Contributor: John Hughes

Tomaso Albinoni (1671 - 1751)
Short biography of a composer known mainly for his instrumental works
Contributor: James Sanderson


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