Mancini, Francesco

Francesco Mancini (b. 16th Jan 1672 d. 22nd Sept 1737) belongs to a generation of composers including Fago and Sarro who established themselves during Alessandro Scarlatti's absence from Naples between 1702 and 1708.
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Mancini: Agitato mio pensiero
Forces: alto & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 64960 Formerly owned by Maria Ducarel, recorded (f. ii verso) as a gift to her from George Henry Lee, 3rd Earl of Lichfield, in 1768.

Here Amor is stirring the heart and throughts of an erstwhile lover. With an excellent opening allegro and concluding with a slightly 'crooked' andante this is a jolly sing through one of the genre's typical subjects.

Range: a - c'

Editor: James Sanderson
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Mancini: Ahi che moro e ristoro
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add 14211 ff 132r - 139v

In aria-recit-aria-recit-aria form with some very odd use of shifting tonality the lover bemoans the cruelty of Amore.

Range: e' - g#''

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Mancini: Allor ch'il dio di Delo
Forces: soprano & continuo

The God of Delos, Apollo comes to earth and sports with the goddess Flora - I think however that her beauty wins the day! In RARARA format with some lovely recitative and a really satisfying text.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 865(10)

Range: d - g'

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Allor che ad' altro oggetto
Forces: soprano & continuo

The fire and pains of jealousy and unrequited love fan our protagonist's ardour in this lovely cantata. In RARA format, the first aria full of unexpected chromaticism, the second an excellent 'walking bass'.

Source: Münster HS 2459(6)

Range: f - g'

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Mancini: Alpestre, monte e solitaria selva
Forces: alto & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 14213 124v - 131v

Oh, the pain that Love causes, and once again it's Nice! Here the lover would willingly shed every last drop of blood to get Nice back. Hello?!!? Two recit and aria format, both arias slow, in the (appropriately) pathetic style.

Range: a - d'

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Mancini: Ama Tigre crudel
Forces: alto & continuo

Tigers love, lions burn with love, the seas love the mountains and rivers, the woods love the forests, why doesn't this girl love him? In RARA format (andante & allegro).

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 2461

Range: G - b'

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Mancini: Arse lunga staggione del bel volto
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source BL Add 14211 f 150 - 156

A curiously formed cantata beginning with secco recitative which becomes 'a tempo' then moves into an aria and finished with a minuet. It's inconstant Fille and constant Fileno again, with Fileno venting his sadness.

Range: d#' - g''

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Mancini: Barbara gelosia
Forces: soprano & continuo

"Between hope and fear the poor heart does not know what to do..." So ends this exciting cantata in ARARA format. Virtuosic (but with pathos). A tale of how jealousy can ruin even the strongest of relationships.

Range: d - b''

Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli - IT-NA0059; Segnatura: Cantate 29-07

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Mancini: Cara qual'or mi giri
Forces: alto & continuo

Unrequited love and self-sacrifice are the themes of this restrained and beautiful cantata. Being ignored by his beloved, the protagonist offers his life for just one glance. In RARA format.

Range: a - d'

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Mancini: Caro, s'io moro almeno
Forces: soprano & continuo

This comes from a manuscript in Lbl, the work of Roman copyist Tarquinio Lanciani (who copied works of Handel, A. Scarlatti, and Caldara). It provides a fascinating glimpse into ornamentation patterns familiar to early 18th century musicians.

Editor: Rosalind Halton

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Mancini: Cieli ditemi come potrò
Forces: alto & continuo

Unrequited love for Fileno rears its ugly head again in this large and beautiful cantata. "Cruel Destiny may kill the lover, but never the love". In RARARA format with two affettuoso arias, the second having a unusual written link back to the DS and one allegro.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 2459(13) WriM. 35

Range: b flat - d' flat

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Mancini: Clori che ardea d'amore
Forces: soprano & continuo

Clori is '...burning with love...' for the handsome Daliso, but, of course, he is unfaithful and causes her to vent her spleen in many imaginative ways. Great recitatives and two splendid rage arias make up this RARA format cantata from the Naples Conservatorio Library collection.

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Clori che un dì vantava
Forces: soprano & continuo

A cantata all about one of our favourite topics: infedelity! Clori's boasts of '...a constant breast, a faithful heart, a loyalty in love...' have proved unfounded and she is reviled as '...barbarous, faithless, cruel and treacherous, without a heart...' In RARA format this is a very effective betrayal cantata from a source at the Naples Conservatorio S Pietro a Majella.

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Clori non ti lagnar
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add 14211 ff 3r - 10v

A truly lovely cantata in five movements with Mancini's typical flexible attitude to recitative/arioso/aria combinations. A later performer, perhaps even the copyist, has made the note 'cantata bona di partenza' and has personalised a version of the text changing the lovers' names (Clori and Lillo) to Cara and me.

Range: d' - a''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Clori quant'io t'amai
Forces: soprano & continuo

At last Clori is being deserted by her beloved. Curiously, however, she retains her hold over him as he bemoans the cruelty of Fate for separating them. In RARARAR format with the central aria a complicated 3/4 - 6/8 and 4/4.

Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 2459

Range: e - b''

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Crudele lontananza
Forces: soprano & continuo

A classic lontananza cantata with Clori once again responsible for our lover's torment, but he still wants to "kiss the arrow that pierced my heart..." Oh, for goodness' sake! RARARA format, with two slow and one fast. Short, vivid recitatives.

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Mancini: D'amore onesto e fido
Forces: soprano & continuo

Love honest and faithful? Really? This delightful cantata in RARARA format puts forward the theory that Love would be a truly wonderful thing, were it not for the fire of jealousy! Very well-drafted, each aria has a particular mood and the recitatvies are full of fun inflections and some lovely chromatic writing.

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Mancini: D'un garrulo ruscello
Forces: soprano & continuo

Elisa is clearly unhappy in love and asks the silver brook to join her in her sorrows. Well, that's the first half! By the second recit-aria pair of the cantata she has worked herself up into quite a state and is crying 'Perfidy', and 'Treacherous...let us speak of love no more...I am your sworn enemy...' The first aria is a languid Larghetto, the second a fiery Allegro.
Source: Naples Conservatorio Library.

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Mancini: Da che lungi n'andò
Forces: soprano & continuo

Source: BL Add MS 64960 Formerly owned by Maria Ducarel, recorded (f. ii verso) as a gift to her from George Henry Lee, 3rd Earl of Lichfield, in 1768. Oh, Lidio is being difficult again and causing heartache. His loving lady wishes rather for death than his absence. Finally, in the last aria, he reappears and is likened to the sun at the break of day banishing sadness. Awww...
Double recit-aria format.
Range: d - a'' flat

Editor: James Sanderson

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Mancini: Daliso anima mia
Forces: soprano & continuo

Imminent departure, instant pain! "Daliso my beloved, pain of my heart, sweet agony...". This is a large (RARARA) cantata dated 1st of August 1710 in a particularly clear copy. Real variety in recits and especially in the arias.

Editor: James Sanderson

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