Movement 1: Clarae stellae, scintillate
Movement 2: Caeli repleti iam novo splendore
Movement 3: Nunc iubilare
Movement 4: Alleluia
The cheerful, almost naïve, style of the opening aria sets the tone for the whole work. In the bouncy second aria, Vivaldi renounces the customary da capo (ABA) structure and casts the movement in what one could term ‘chain form’: there are five different vocal sections (three of them marked to be repeated), each presenting a different portion of text. This loose kind of structure, clearly alluding to dance-music, is very characteristic of Vivaldi’s vocal music (including his operatic arias) in the 1710s. The ‘Alleluia’ wavers between F minor and F major in a manner also familiar from Vivaldi’s other music at that time.
from notes by Michael Talbot © 1996