Oblong folio (290 x 220 mm). Sewn. Notated in brown ink on 12-stave paper. 1f. (decorative title with text within a carefully executed oval floral watercolor border signed Luisa Ottoboni), [44, ii (blank)] pp. Unpaginated. Watermark: [?]"AMasso." Ascription to title: "Del Sig. Duca Capece Scondito Dilettante Napolitano."
A recitative ("Ah non più mia speranza"; 14 pp.) and duet ("Mille volte o mio tesoro"; 30 pp.) for the characters of Nice (soprano) and Tirsi (tenor). Recitative accompanied by 2 Violini, Viole, 2 Clarini, 2 Oboè, 2 Fagotti, and Basso; duet accompanied by 2 Violini, Viole, 2 Flauti, 2 Oboè, 2 Clarinetti, 2 Cor[ni] in Effaut [=F], 2 Fagotti, and Basso.
With "Partiture B.a II." in purple pencil to lower left corner of title.
An attractive and well-preserved manuscript written and notated in an accomplished calligraphic hand.
The composer is a rather obscure figure. Northwestern University holds manuscripts of two of his works:
- La corona di rose cantata a tre voci. Unpublished cantata for bass and two sopranos with orchestra (2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, harp and strings). 'Composita espressamente, e dedicata alla Sigra. Contessa Pappafava, nata Ottoboni.' 286 pp., 22 x 29 cm., "dal Duca Capece Scondito, dilettante Napoletano." In brown ink with watercolor border of flowers and musical instruments to title. Tentatively dated 1830-1839. The first page of music, in the same hand as the present manuscript, is accessible online. The description of the artwork to the title further supports the notion that both manuscripts were created at the same time and by the same team.
- "Soffra in pace il dio dell' armi: terzetto [nell' opera] Briseide / musica del diletante Duca Capece Scondito.  pp., 23 x 29 cm. In brown ink. Vocal trio opera excerpt for the characters Briseide, Agamemnon and Achille, with orchestral accompaniment. Tentatively dated 1810. Item #27199
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