June 4, 1703. Oblong quarto (ca. 200 x 275 mm). Wrappers. Sewn.
1f. (title), , [iii] (blank staves) pp. Notated in black ink on high quality paper on 12 staves ruled with 6-stave rastrum 87 mm. wide. With autograph date "4 Giug[n]o 1703" to upper left and autograph signature "Aless.o Scarlatti" to upper right corner of first page. Watermark of a fleur-de-lys evident to folio 4. With early manuscript foliation "131" to "134" in an unidentified hand.
Titling to title page in the hand of Aloys Fuchs: "Cantata in E mol[!] per la Voce di Alto coll' Basso continuo comp: 4:o Giug: 1703 di Cavagliere Alessandro Scarlatti. M. di Capella a Napoli. (Nato 1659 † 24. Ottobre 1725.) Partitura Autographa." Various numbers to upper wrapper, most probably shelfmarks from previous collections.
The cantata consists of six unnumbered movements (the author of the text is not known):
Recitative: "Quante le grazie son"
Aria: "Se m'amasse la mia bella" (D major; C-time)
Recitative: "Vedo di quando in quando"
Aria: "Nò non lusingarmi" (F major; 12/8 time)
Recitative: "Tolga il Ciel"
Aria: "La vita mia tu sei" (E minor; C-time)
From the renowned collection of Aloys Fuchs (1799-1853), a singer in the Imperial Court Chapel in Vienna, with manuscript titling in his hand to dark yellow octagonal label to upper: "Cantata No. 3 aus E mol[!] per Soprano col Basso continuo comp: da Cavaliere d'Alessandro Scarlatti M.D.C. a Napoli dto. 4. July 1703. Partitura Autographa" and "Ex collectis Al. Fuchs 1832" to lower right corner.
Also with the inscription in ink in the hand of the Italian composer and collector Abbate Fortunato Santini (1778-1862) to head of first page of music: "Fortunato Santini al Sig Aloysio Fuchs" indicating that the manuscript was presented to Fuchs by Santini, a composer and scholar who had assembled a famous collection of early music.
Fortunato Santini, whose inscription suggests that he gave (or sold) it to the Austrian collector Aloys Fuchs, with Fuchs's autograph note suggesting that he acquired it in 1832; the German composer and choral conductor Siegfried Ochs (1858-1929); Louis Koch (1862-1930), whose large collection of musical autographs remains legendary; Koch's daughter Marie (b. 1895) and son-in-law Rudolf Floersheim (1897-1962); Georges Floersheim (d. 1997).
Spine reinforced with red paper tape; vertical crease; closely trimmed with minor loss to notation at upper and outer edges.
The only known autograph of this unpublished work.
Rostirolla 538 (recorded as being held in the Louis Koch collection). Hanley diss. 598 (recorded as being held in the Floersheim collection). Kinsky: Manuskripte, Briefe, Dokumente von Scarlatti bis Stravinsky: Katalog der Musikautographensammlung Louis Koch (Stuttgart: Krais, 1953), p. 1 (with detailed discussion of provenance). Dent p. 224. Grove Music Online works list - Cantatas. Winternitz: Musical Autographs from Monteverdi to Hindemith Vol. I, pp. 53-54; Vol. II plate 15.
"Scarlatti’s chamber cantatas reveal perhaps more strikingly than any other class of his works his unbroken continuity with preceding phases of the Baroque era and his separation from the following period. With more than 600 known cantatas for which his authorship is reasonably certain and well over 100 others less reliably attributed to him, he is clearly the most prolific cantata composer. These works crown the history of a genre which over more than a century of vigorous growth held a rank second only to opera; indeed contemporaries generally placed it above opera in refinement and regarded it as the supreme challenge to a composer’s artistry. Scarlatti was among the last to contribute significantly to its literature." Edwin Hanley in Grove Music Online
We have located only two other autograph manuscripts of Alessandro Scarlatti having been offered for public sale since 1945, both having been sold by Sotheby's, one in 1949 and the other in 1953. Item #25357
Price: $148,000.00 other currencies