A Scarlatti: Augellin vago e canoro

Cantata à voce sola di soprano con flauti
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Forces: soprano, 2 recorders & continuo

Source: Santini Sammlung, Diözesan Library, Münster: Hs. 3975, ff. 35-59v

The image of the caged bird appears frequently in vocal music of the Italian baroque – maybe a poignant image to the many castrati whose voice was itself the cage within which life was lived. In cantatas such as ‘Augellin’, the bird functions as symbol of the lover imprisoned by the pain of love unreturned. 3 arias and two recits.

Editor: Rosalind Halton

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