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Se piu sfida i miei pensieri

By Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

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Se piu sfida i miei pensieri composed by Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni (1671-1751). Edited by Michael Talbot. For Soprano voice and basso continuo. Full score and parts. 12+2x8(x) pages. Duration 9 minutes. Published by Edition HH Music Publishers (HH.HH108-FSP).

ISBN 1-904229-66-2.

The poetic theme of the cantata is the well-worn one of unrequited love. In the opening aria, the singer challenges the God of Love to battle. This is a true aria di battaglia in which the singer mimics the idiom of the trumpet. Indeed, the first seven bars of the vocal part, transposed up a whole tone, would suit a Baroque trumpet in C excellently. The protagonist, whose persona is male (although that fact did not then, and does not today, disqualify the cantata from performance by female sopranos), confesses his love-smitten state in a brief recitative.

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