Forces: soprano & continuo
Sources: 7 MS sources, as described in the notes, dated 1699 in one source (Bodleian Library, Oxford).
Subject: the illusion of love being present, though far away. This is one of the most profound and passionate settings by Scarlatti on the theme of distance and separation, from its opening interval – a minor 9th – to the wild despairing modulations within the final Siciliano aria.
Featured on chacona’s recording ‘Olimpia: cantatas of Alessandro Scarlatti’.
Vocal range: d’-g”
Editor: Rosalind Halton