Bononcini: Usignuol che col mio pianto

Cantata à voce sola di contralto
Forces: alto & continuo

Here our lover tells the nightingale to be silent and simply moan at the sadness he feels. Beautiful music with a depressing subject. Dorinda, it seems, is playing hard to get and our protagonist is lamenting the fact. Very much an alto cantata (going down to a bottom G) this is a fine example of the simpler ARA format with some delightful word-painting in both arias and recitative.

Source: Naples Conservatorio.

Editor: James Sanderson

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