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“I take the liberty of giving a brief summary of my intentions in the performance of the music of this opera …”

Ho notato … a’ luoghi opportuni, i piani e forti degl’Istromenti che sono unicamente il chiaroscuro che fanno aggradevole qualsivoglia canto e suono.‘ 
(Alessandro Scarlatti to Ferdinando de’ Medici – 1706.)

I have marked … at necessary places the louds and softs of the instruments, which are the only means of making that chiaroscuro which makes singing and playing attractive.
(A. Scarlatti, on his opera, Il Gran Tamerlano 1706.)