A Cantata and 2 Canzonettas

from Cantate e canzonette, 1676

Giovanni Legrenzi (c1626-1690)

for solo bass (F-e') and bc

Ref. no Leg 2 (in 'cantatas')           sample page      cover page      To order:     

  • Amore e virtù.
  • Son canuto e d'un bambin.
  • Il mio cor non e con me.

These are the remaining three pieces for the bass voice from the 1676 collection. The cantata Amore e virtù amusingly describes Love and Virtue in conflict, each striving to gain ascendancy over the poets heart. The two canzonettas are lighthearted portrayals of the results of falling in love. As in much of Legrenzi, the music is enlivened by the many points of imitation between the basso continuo and the voice.