A Scarlatti: Tu resti o mio bel nume

Cantata à voce sola di basso con violini
Forces: bass, violins & continuo

The subject is of lovers parting. The debate is about who suffers most - the one who has to leave, or the one left behind. A fine accompagnato recitative introduces the cantata, which is more lyrical than virtuoso. Aria 1 is an elegant siciliano on the theme of two souls as ship and harbour. Aria 2 returns to the musical idea of the opening accompagnato: departure is equated with death, but made sweetened by constancy. Here the violin figurations are ornate, the harmonies intense, and the singer is invited to display a range of an octave and a 5th in the space of 2 quavers. RARA (2 arias are for unison violins)

Vocal range: G#-d'

Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio, Naples.

Editor: Rosalind Halton

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