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Leonardo Vinci

1690 - 27 May 1730
A composer whose music turned the heads of Vivaldi and Handel, he became an overnight success in comic opera at age 29 and died from poison at the height of his fame. Was it a jilted lover or a jealous rival?
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Vinci, Leonardo (b Strongoli, Calabria, ?1690; d Naples, 27/28 May 1730)

Aria
  • Fiumicel, che s'ode appena
    Forces: soprano, oboe, strings & continuo
    One of the stunning arias in Semiramide (1729) written for the soprano castrato Carlo Scalzi. A classic 'Little brooks and little breezes' aria with some virtuosic requirements for the singer. Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli; Segnatura: 32.4.11
    Editor: James Sanderson
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  • Incerto dubbioso mio vago tesoro
    Forces: alto, strings & continuo
    From Il Medo (Parma 1728), an opera which starred Farinelli, this is a delightful aria for alto and strings. "Uncertain and doubting...I go without fear to fight the barbarous Gods and Heaven itself.
    Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 2462
    Range: b - e'

    Editor: James Sanderson
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  • Innamorata dolce mia fiamma
    Forces: soprano, strings & continuo
    Love and the pain of love burn strong in this virtuosic aria written for Farinelli in Il Medo (Parma, 1728).
    Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 4262
    Range: d - b''

    Editor: James Sanderson
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  • Navigante che non spera
    Forces: soprano, strings & continuo
    The image of the sailor returning to the shore characterises this virtuosic aria written for Farinelli in Il Medo (Parma, 1728).
    Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 4262
    Range: c - b flat''

    Editor: James Sanderson
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  • Non è più folle lusinga
    Forces: soprano, strings & continuo
    A beautiful aria from Il Medo (Parma, 1728). Rejecting the adoration of the crowds, the singer relies on the affections of his beloved.
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  • Scherzo dell'onda instabile
    Forces: soprano, strings & continuo
    The strong image of waves playing on the beach in this virtuosic aria written for Farinelli from Il Medo (Parma, 1728).
    Source: Münster Santini Sammlung HS 4262
    Range: c - b flat''

    Editor: James Sanderson
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  • Vol solcando un mar crudele
    Forces: soprano, 2 horns, strings and continuo
    Arbace 's aria in scene xv of Act I of Vinci's opera Artaserse (Rome 1730). Classic simile aria with real coloratura requirements for the singer. Excellent accompagnato recit. to begin the scene as well.
    Editor: James Sanderson
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  • È pure un gran' portento
    Forces: soprano & continuo
    'You know the giref I feel, the mountains know and the valleys, the fields, the animals, but not the idol of my life...' Poor guy, you have to feel sorry for him! A lovely galante stlye cantata with exquisite first aria and technically demanding finale. RARA format and really 'something to get your teeth into'.
    Source: Naples, Cantate 304/6

    Editor: James Sanderson
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  • Mi costa tante lacrime
    Forces: soprano & continuo
    An extraordinarily effective work in ARA format. Both arias are stunning and real examples of the brilliance of Vinci's inventiveness both in terms of ornamentation and vocal line. Some really effective word-painting too. "It cost me many tears, the purchase of your heart..." Need I say more?
    Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli; Segnatura: Cantate 304-14.

    Editor: James Sanderson
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  • Olimpia abbandonata
    Forces: soprano & continuo
    Source: BL Add 14226
    This is a beautiful working of the deserted Olimpia story with many cries for her beloved. Extensive Lento to begin and a fiery Presto to finish.
    Range: d#' - g''

    Editor: James Sanderson
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  • Parto mà con qual core
    Forces: soprano & continuo
    A real tour de force here with Vinci at his very best. Virtuosic final aria and a first aria full of pathos and affect. Some stunning vocal writing setting the bar very high for the performers. I leave 'with a heavy heart...but as the stream returns to the sea, so will return to thee...'
    Source: Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli; Segnatura: Cantate 19.

    Editor: James Sanderson
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  • Tu partisti, o del core
    Forces: alto & continuo
    A delightful offering from Sgr. Vinci, in RARA format, the recitatives long and complex, the arias reflecting Burney's opinion than Vinci was a master at "...simplifying and polishing melody and calling the attention of the audience cheifly to the voice part."
    Sad, yet vibrant - a tale of longing and despair.
    Range: a - e'

    Editor: James Sanderson
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Cantata with violins
  • Mesta oh Dio
    Forces: soprano, violins & continuo
    A delightful work showing all the hallmarks of Sgr Vinci's style - periodic phrasing, excellent melodic shape etc. Once again Fileno has upset his girl and she is not happy! ARA format with an opening aria full of pathos, a tremendous accompagnato recitative and a fiery and virtuosic final aria. range d - b''
    Editor: James Sanderson
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Collection
  • Farinelli arias from Il Medo
    Forces: soprano, strings & continuo
    Three arias written for Farinelli in the 1728 opera Il Medo.
    Innamorata dolce mio fiamma
    Navigante che non spera
    Scherzo dell' onda instabile
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    Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 4262

    Editor: James Sanderson
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Terzetto
  • Terzetto: Sento scherzar nel petto
    Forces: soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, strings & continuo
    A trio for three of the great singers of the early 18th century, Farinelli, Bernacchi and Tesi. An emotional triabgle between mother, lover and son.
    Source: Münster Santini Sammlung Hs 4262
    Range (soprano): d - f'
    Range (mezzo): b flat - f'
    Range (alto): d blat - d'

    Editor: James Sanderson
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