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Baroque Aria

Arias from Opera, Oratorio, Serenata and More!
Have you ever wanted to know more about about the baroque aria or publish your own article about a composer or work, find out where and when a work was written and how, when and by whom it was performed?
Baroque aria is a collaborative project featuring the work of a number of researchers and performers. Over time we hope to add our own and invite you to contribute to available editions, composer biographies, articles and discussions.
Baroque Aria (incorporating Baroque Opera and Baroque Serenata) has been launched to offer arias from Baroque operas, serenatas, dramme per musiche and cantatas which were much fêted in their day and still stand today as excellent examples of the genre. You can preview, audition and purchase music, much of which is not available in any other place.

Composers such as Handel and Porpora, Hasse and Vinci, Leo, Giacomelli and Mancini (with occasional forays into the work of composers both earlier and later).

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We have access to some of the greatest collections of manuscripts in the world, both autograph copies of whole operas and excellent contemporary collections of arias by a vast range of composers. Take advantage of this and the music and articles available.

STOP PRESS!! The edition count has just reached 36 with the addition of James Sanderson's edition of Nicola Antonio Porpora's aria Parto, ti lascio, o cara for soprano, strings & continuo:

Arminio's wonderfully expressive aria from Act II of Germanico in Germania. Lyrical, heart-rending - an absolute showstopper! Witten by Porpora for his pupil Caffarelli - long phrases and extreme leaps in the vocal line, a kind of pain that, in spite of everything, is sweet.
MIDI Preview | Score Preview| Price: £ 3.95
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All are welcome at Baroque Aria! Please enjoy the site and come back regularly to check on our newest additions, or join our mailing list below:

"...a drama set to music and made up of vocal pieces with orchestral accompaniment and with orchestral overtures and interludes..."*

The term Baroque probably ultimately derived from the Italian word barocco, which was a term used by philosophers during the Middle Ages to describe an obstacle in schematic logic. Subsequently the word came to denote any contorted idea or involuted process of thought. Another possible source is the Portuguese word barroco (Spanish barrueco), used to describe an irregular or imperfectly shaped pearl, and this usage still survives in the jeweller's term baroque pearl. In art criticism the word Baroque came to be used to describe anything irregular, bizarre, or otherwise departing from established rules and proportions.*


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