Forces: alto & continuo
The image of the imprisoned bird is often use as an allegory for the voice trapped in the castrato singer. Here the word-painting adds a special, flute-like quality to the music. A wide range for the full alto voice. Irene is causing trouble again!
The source is Santini HS 861 from the collection in the Diözesanbibliotek Münster, where it appears in a volume containing cantatas by Alessandro Scarlatti, Francesco Mancini, Carlo Cesarini, Giuseppe Tosi, Marc Antonio Ziani, Carlo Benati, Bernardo Sabadini, on anonymous composer in addition to 2 cantatas by Pistocchi, the current Tortorella imprigionata and Non più pene al cor mi sento for soprano and continuo.
Editor: James Sanderson