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Sacchini, Antonio (1730-1786)



Artaserse, Opera 1768

Aria "Mentre il cor conmeste voci"

Soprano, fagotto obigato, clarini, strings

Soro Academi Biblioteket, Soro, Denmark, shelf R149, RISM 150201353

The same work, set for tenor rather than soprano, appears as a liturgical work,

with the middle 2/4 section omitted:

Aria in C a Tenore et Fagotto solo, violini, alto viola, clarini et basso

“Exsurgat deus, disipentur inimici ejus et

fugiant qui oderunt eum, a facie ejus”  (Psalm 67, verse 2)

(Let God arise and let his enemies be scattered)

mp3 file

The original of this version, marked Archivium Musicum Strahov, cannot be located.

Copies from the Voxman collection at Univ. Iowa are barely legible.


A provisional score and computer-generated mp3 file are on-line.

I am grateful to Vaughan McAlley for preparing this version of the aria.


L’Eroe Cinese, Opera 1769

Aria “Nel cammin di nostra vita” (1/7)

Tenor, solo oboe, solo fagotto, orchestra

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Musikabteilung, München

(D-Mbs/ Mus.ms. 543) RISM 456010537


Scipione in Cartagena, Opera 1770

Aria “Il fato della stelle la sorte tiranna” (I/5)

Soprano, solo oboe, solo fagotto, orchestra

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Musikabteilung, München

(D-Mbs/ Mus.ms. 20898) RISM 456010539


Dardanus, Opera 1784

Aria “Jour heureux es poir enchanteur ”

Alto, solo oboe, solo fagotto, strings

Act 2, scene 6, pp 106-110



Lucio Vero, Opera 1764

Aria “Mio bene adorato”

Tenor, oboe solo, fagotto solo, two *voce umane, strings con sordini.

RISM 451.018.867

D-MÜs Santini Sammlung, Münster, Germany; SANT Hs 3483a (Nr. 2)   


*Between the two violin staves and the viola stave there are two parts for "voce umane"

notated in bass clef, often used in thirds in unison with violins in tutti passages, with

some solo passages and figure work alternating with oboe and bassoon.

Tenor or alto oboes were probably the intended instruments.

(See Rossini entry for comment on bass clef notation of members of oboe family pitched in F.)

Another version of this aria, Mus.Hs.1073 Mus (Nr.9) in the Österreichische

Nationalbibliothek Wien lists the instrumentation: 

2 violini, 2 corno inglese, oboe solo. fagotto solo. viola e basso