Forces: mezzo-soprano, strings & continuo
Source: British Library Zweig 76
This is an autograph work dated October 31. 1716.
In four sections, recit-aria-recit-aria with both recits accompanied. It has two exquisite arias, the last a particularly fine Siciliano. The text deals with unrequited, requited and then spurned love and has it’s high point in the last aria: ‘Why cruel one do you leave me? Why spurn me? Why betray me? Why search out a new love? Why leave me?’
Range: c’ – e” flat
Editor: James Sanderson