Four cantatas for Bass

Antonio Cesti

Editor: Edited by Barbara Sachs

for bass (Eflat-f') & bc;A critical performing edition

Ref. no Ces 1 (in 'cantatas')           sample page      cover page      To order:     

  • Tra l'orride pendici
  • O dell'anima mia
  • Chino la fronte
  • Per l'ampio mar d'amore

The sources for this edition are manuscripts in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich (Mbs Mus.Ms. 1527, No. 3, Tra l'orride pendici, No. 5, the only source for O dell'anima mia, No. 15, Chino la fronte, and 16, Per l'ampio mar d'amore) and the Biblioteca Estense in Modena (MOe Mus.F.1350 for Chino la fronte, Mus.F.252 for Tra l'orride pendici, the only source for the 2nd and 3rd stanzas in the second section, and Per l'ampio mar d'amore). The source in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in München is a remarkable manuscript collection of sixteen cantatas and an arietta, all for bass voice, contained in a bound music book. The collection includes works by Pier Simon Agostini (1), Giovanni Antonio Boretti (1), Giovanni Legrenzi (2), Antonio Gianettini (1) and Alessandro Stradella (1). It appears from the paper, and the copyist's style, to be from the eighteenth century.