For Cammilla, regina de'Volsci (music by Giovanni Bononcini
, libretto by Silvio Stampiglia)--which had premiered in Naples and had been mounted all over Italy before landing in Siena in 1700--Gigli introduced a new character specifically to show off the talent of an up-and-coming Sienese singer, who was cast as a page.
The opening chapter on the foundation and early years of the Academy presents a coherent overview of the organisation's activities, covering topics such as its founding members, the 'Orders' (i.e., rules for members), the music library, early academic activity, and two events which shaped its early development--the appointment of the composer and diplomat Agostino Steffani as the president in absentia in 1727 and the Bononcini
affair in the same year.
Performers will play Giovanni Bononcini
's oratorio "La Maddalena a' piedi di Christo," the story of Saint Mary of Magdalene being torn between following "Earthly Love" (carnal love) and "Heavenly Love" (a chaste lifestyle.)
Among the recital pieces that she performed and recorded, she found herself unconsciously choosing songs that she'd heard on his recordings--they had become such a part of her artistic psyche--ranging from Monteverdi and Bononcini
to the Hums of Pooh.
Part Two concludes with an account by Suzana Ograjenoek of the considerable artistic achievement of Giovanni Bononcini
's opera Astianatte, largely neglected after its notorious 1727 performance.
33, 'Se un gran piacere puo far morire', of Giovanni Battista Bononcini
's serenata La nemica d'Amore fatta amante (1692) does indeed have a similar melodic contour to Leveridge's tune (although the metre is different), and the cadence note of the second phrase is also the same (Figure 2).
The Daily Journal announced 'printed by subscription in a neat Pocket Volume, the most curious collection of the very best Songs out of all the Operas composed by Mr Hendell [sic], Signor Bononcini
The last piece before intermission was an aria from "Fuori del ma capanna," according to the program notes by Bononcini
, although the actual composer seems to be a matter of conjecture among scholars.
But this was no mere beanfeast for canary-fanciers, as there was much to enthral the historian, too, such as one of Bartoli's four encores showing us that Bononcini
anticipated Handel's Largo by four decades.
In 1721 Giovanni Bononcini
, the rival composer to Handel, went to live at Twickenham, where Pope had moved a year or two earlier.