Porsile, Giuseppe

Giuseppe Porsile

1680 - 1750

Neapolitan composer who was perhaps the only one of his contemporaries who secured a permanent position at the Hapsburg court in Vienna during the baroque period.

His style was firmly rooted in that of Naples at the time (pupil of Greco, Ursino and Giordano) but his ability to work within a more conservative mould probably led to his acceptance in the Viennese court.

Composer of around 22 operas/serenatas/dramma per musica, 13 oratorios, numerous liturgical works, more than 70 secular cantatas and a small amount of instrumental music, his restrained yet melodic technique was a certain precursor of the early classical style.

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Porsile: A voi piangere conviene
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Clori is up to her usual tricks in this melodramatic cantata: "Faithless Clori rejected my love and filled my heart with mortal sorrow..." A good size (ARARA) with splendidly contrasting arias.

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Porsile: Clori vezzosa, e bella
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Source BL Add 14226 f 20r - 23v

Beautifully crafted arias with very sensible recitatives discuss an interesting excuse for infedelity. "I want to love you, but cruel jealousy makes me stray!"

Range: e' - a''

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Porsile: La dove regnan l'ombre
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'Even the shades burning in Pluto's fires do not suffer as much as I...' Irene is being cruel again and our erstwhile lover is suffering. RARA form Canzona from a manuscript in the Biblioteca del Conservatorio di musica S. Pietro a Majella - Napoli: Cantate 236(43)

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