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