Joseph Martin Kraus (1756−1792)

Cantata. La Scusa (Göttinger Kantate)

VB 43 (earlier VB 42/43)

1. Rezitativ: Ho, perdona mi, o Clori
2. Arie: Trova un sol
3. Rezitativ: Placati amata ninfa
4. Arie: Torna in quell' onda

  • Year of composition: Probably Stockholm 1778-1779; later dating: Göttingen between January and Easter 1777 (according to van Boer; see more below)
  • Work category: Voice and orchestra
  • Text author: Pietro Metastasio
  • Duration: Approx. 10-15 min
  • Detailed duration: 13'25 (accoding to the Phoenix Edition CD edition)

Instrumentation / / (cont) / str

Solo voices/choir


  • Location autograph: Musik- och teaterbiblioteket
  • Possible call no. and autograph comment: Z/Sv


van Boer Jr, Bertil H: Die Werke von Joseph Martin Kraus. Systematisch-thematisches Werkverzeichnis, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music series no. 56, Stockholm (1988); an updated edition in English with a partly revised VB-numbering was published in 1998 by Pendragon Press under the title 'Joseph Martin Kraus. A Systematic-Thematic Catalogue of His Musical Works and Source Study' (the numbering of this work is however unchanged, but the dating has been revised).

Description of work

1. Andante D major 4/4 (C)
2. Andante molto A major alla breve
3. (Tempo markings missing) D major 4/4 (C)
4. Allegro D major alla breve


1. Ho, perdona mi, o Clori. Io non intende

2. Trova un sol, mia bella, bella Clori

3. Placati amata ninfa. Ritorna afarti bella

4. Torna in quell' onda chiara solo una volta