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A Scarlatti: Questa, questa è la selva
Forces: soprano & continuo

A wonderful pastoral setting 'This is the forest...' but once again Nice is not being nice and is abandoning her lover. His cries and plaints, his promises of eternal love are all for naught as he is deserted... This is a really complex work with huge recitatives, RARA format.

From 5 sources in the Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli: Cantate 255 (26), 256 (7), 267 (6), 266 (62). There is also a copy in 264 (20) which pitches the recitatives a tone higher and the second aria in a minor rather than d minor.

Editor: James Sanderson

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Bononcini: Care luci del mio bene
Forces: alto, violins & continuo

"Dear eyes of my beloved, you would be more beautiful still if you had some pity for me..." Nice is not being nice (again), nevertheless her erstwhile suitor remains faithful and hopes for her pity on his plight. ARA format with some stylish writing for both voice and violins.

Source: 1721 edition in the British Library

Range: a - e'

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D Scarlatti: Dir vorrei
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

Our protagonist is hopelessly in love but unable to utter it to his beloved Nice. In three sections (ARA) with Domenico Scarlatti's typically complex vocal and instrumental lines.

Source: MS in the British Library

Range: c# - a''

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

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D Scarlatti: No, non fuggire ò Nice
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: MS in the collection of the Royal College of Music, London.

Once again a young man sacrifices his personal happiness on the altar of unrequited love for Nice. In double recit-aria format, the spectacular second aria showing strong Spanish influence.

Range: c - g'

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

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D Scarlatti: O qual meco Nice cangiata
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

Nice is being 'dishonourable' and ignoring her lover today. "...Oh, how you have changed towards me..." With a fiery allegrissimo introduzione, and RARA format within, this is Domenico Scarlatti stretching the skills of his singer again!

Source: MS in the Royal Music Collection of the British Library

Range: d - b flat''

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

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D Scarlatti: Se fedele tu m'adori
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

Source: MS in the Royal Music Collection now housed in the British Library.

Well, this girl is very open-minded, allowing Tirsi to love whomever he wishes (Nice, Clori, Egeria, Fille) because: The flighty bee is not content to long for the beautiful rose. If it can show itself a lover to other flowers, it wants to fly into the midst of them all...

Range: c' - a''

Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson

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Handel: Sento la che ristretto
Forces: alto & continuo

Source: BL Add 29484/Autograph in BL

Alto (first?) version of the cantata where the river likens his love of the sea to Nice.

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Leo: Dal di che in questo petto
Forces: alto & continuo

A delightful RARA format cantata for alto and continuo in which our erstwhile lover tries to convince Nice that love is just a game and forgiving his infidelity is her only course of action. Hmmm...interesting theory...

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Leo: Dite vedesti forse una donzella
Forces: soprano, violins & continuo

The never-ending search for Nice fills this virtuosic cantata. Lovely imagery including lions, tigers, waves and ships in RARA format. The first aria is full of pathos, calling for the nightingale, the second, following a recitativo accompagnato is fast and furious, a 'navigante' aria. with a range extending to high B flat, this is quite a piece of work!

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Mancini: Alpestre, monte e solitaria selva
Forces: alto & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14213 124v - 131v

Oh, the pain that Love causes, and once again it's Nice! Here the lover would willingly shed every last drop of blood to get Nice back. Hello?!!? Two recit and aria format, both arias slow, in the (appropriately) pathetic style.

Range: a - d'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Porpora: Freme il mar
Forces: alto, violins & continuo

from an autograph manuscript in the British Library. Written in April 1720 (around the time of Porpora's first Roman successes) this is a very elegant piece in aria - recit - aria format dealing with poor old Fileno and his love for Nice.

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Porpora: Già la notte s'avvicina (La Pesca)
Forces: soprano & continuo

Cantata Op. 1, no. 6

Another of Metastasio's famous cantata texts - as night draws in the lover calls Nice to take in the air, compares her to Teti, Galatea, Glauce and Dori - nothing quite like love! Adagio - Recit - Allegretto, all beautiful.

Range: e' - a''

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Porpora: Questa dunque è la selve
Forces: alto & continuo

Sources: BL Add 14214 and Add 14225
Aminta and Nice in a story of love denied and a woman spurned. 7 copies are known in both alto and soprano keys so it must have been a popular piece. An extensive work in recit - aria - recit - aria form.
Range: b - e'

Editor: James Sanderson

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