Francesco Mancini (b. 16th Jan 1672
d. 22nd Sept 1737) belongs to a generation of
composers including Fago and Sarro who
established themselves during
Alessandro Scarlatti's absence from Naples between 1702 and
An important teacher, Mancini was Director of
the Conservatorio di S Maria di Loreto as well as being
first organist and maestro of the Capella Reale in
Scarlatti's absence. Upon Scarlatti's return to Naples, Mancini
worked as his deputy, only resuming his previous positions on the
older composer's death in 1725.
Mancini's music is typically Neapolitan. His works are full of the
sudden and unpredictable harmonic shifts which made early 18th
century Neapolitan music sound so dramatic. His works include 29
operas, his operatic style combining contrapuntal elements of the
past with the new buffa style, 7 serenatas, 12
oratorios, more than 200 hundred secular cantatas in
addition to assorted sacred music and a small amount of
Perhaps best known for his recorder sonatas, Manciniís vocal works
are greatly undervalued and show a concise and masterful
style in miniature, influenced of course by his master
Scarlatti, but displaying an individual inventiveness
in melody and recitative structure.
STOP PRESS!! There are now modern performing editions of 68 of Francesco Mancini's compositions available at this website with the addition of James Sanderson's edition of Francesco Mancini's La dove il bel sebeto for soprano & continuo:
"A languishing soul should not hope for pity, because in you is beauty and cruelty combined." Oh, how melodramatic can you be? Wonderful, sinuous first aria (listen to the MIDI) and a spry allegro to finish in this RARA form cantata. Tirsi and Irene are in their usual predicament...
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