Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)
Intermezzi fra Palandrana vecchia vedova e Zamberlucco giovine da bravo
Volume V of the manuscript MS 646, held in the University Library of Bologna, contains the score of “Carlo d’Alemagna. Drama per musica da rappresentarsi nel Teatro di S. Bartolomeo nel Carnevale dell’anno 1716. Dedicato all’ill. sig. Conte Leopoldo di Daun”. Following this play are to be found the three “Intermezzi fra Palandrana vecchia vedova e Zamberlucco giovine da bravo” (“Intermezzos between Palandrana, an old widow, and Zamberlucco, a young swaggerer”), composed by Cavaliere Alessandro Scarlatti, the first maestro di cappella of the royal chapel. Minor changes are often made in the title of the intermezzo. Similarly, the text is at times presented with arias that have been changed or slightly altered in order to modernize the context of the performance. An example is the Venetian edition at the Teatro San Cassano of 1709: in the first intermezzo, when Zamberlucco, boasting of his travels, is given the sobriquet of “Mestre e Fusina", which in the Neapolitan edition of 1716 becomes “Massa e Resina”.