Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) was a German
composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and
violinist of the Baroque period. He enriched many
established German styles through his skill in
counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and
the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from
abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's
compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the
Mass in B minor, the The Well-Tempered Clavier, his
cantatas, chorales, partitas, Passions, and organ
works. His music is revered for its intellectual depth,
technical command, and artistic beauty.
"Amore Traditore" ("Treacherous Love" BWV 203), is a
secular cantata composed by Johann Sebastian Bach in
Weimar between 1718 and 1723. Bach composed this
cantata in Weimar between 1718 and 1723 for an unknown
occasion. Its librettist and first performance is also
unknown. Unusually for Bach, the text is Italian; only
one other cantata (BWV 209) has Italian text.
It is based on the Italian solo cantata tradition and
is in three movements for singer and keyboard (and
possibly cello or viola da gamba). The first aria
includes a flowing bass line and strong ritornello
theme. The movement is in da capo form and features
long melismas and a very high vocal range.
Although originally composed for bass voice and
continuo, I created this arrangement for Bassoon duet.