Filen, mio caro
Filli, che esprime la sua fede a Fileno
for alto (c'-d''), recorder, two violins, and bc
Filen, mio caro is found in a manuscript collection of cantatas in the Biblioteca del Conservatorio di Musica San Pietro a Majella in Naples, (I-Nc. 33.3.10) which includes another of Scarlatti’s cantatas for the same scoring, Bella Dama di Nome Santa, also published by Green Man Press (ref Sca 1). We acknowledge gratefully the assistance of the Naples Conservatorio in making a copy of the manuscript available for study.
Phyllis is so enamoured of her beloved Phileno, that she is convinced that the whole of nature, as well as her tears, will testify to her devotion to him, but if this should not convince him, he has only to ask her to die for love of him, and she will do so.