Forces: soprano, violins & continuo
Domenico Scarlatti’s extraordinary setting of Metastasio’s cantata. The format is two-part instrumental introduction, aria, recit, aria with typically virtuosic writing for both violins and voice. The subject is mourning for lost Fille – lost to rival Fileno. Summed up well in the final line: If for for a moment of dreaming I am happy, my torment increases with the coming day.
Range: c – a”
Editor: Kate Eckersley & James Sanderson