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The aria in 6/8 shows a developed feel for Italianate melodic line and a sensitivity for the atmosphere of the words (as far as it is possible to tell from the vocal line alone). The autograph is extremely difficult to date, although this must be within the period of Salieri’s tuition. D2 and Hoorickx place D990E and D990F right at the very end of this period in 1816/17, but it is possible that they are earlier works and belong with the other exercises of 1813. There is nothing in either L’incanto degli occhi or Ombre amene which shows much advance in style and skill on the highly accomplished aria for soprano, Son fra l’onde D78 (1813). More significantly, apart from some florid coloratura in D990E, there is little that seems to be on the same level of sophistication which marks out the Didone abbandonata of 1816 (D510).
from notes by Graham Johnson © 1999
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