The present work, Cantata a Voce sola con 2 obuč is dated 1719, and is unusual in having oboes as obbligato instruments. This work is to be found in the Library of the Royal College of Music in a bound collection of 18th century manuscripts of works by 11 composers of mainly Italian origin. We are indebted to the Librarian for his kind assistance in furnishing a copy of this work. The same collection includes the cantata Quanto dolce č uell’ardore by Francesco Mancini, which is also published by Green Man Press, ref. Man 1.
This cantata starts with a lengthy overture in two movements marked Arioso and Vivace. The voice opens with a recitative to the words “Andate o miei sospiri” which is followed by 2 da capo arias, marked respectively Amoroso and Andante, alternating with a second recitative.
This delightful work is full of lyrical, poetic expression, undergirded with quite adventurous harmonic structures.