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10 Arias Transcribed for Cello & Piano

By Giacomo Puccini

Cello (Cello)
10 Arias Transcribed for Cello & Piano. Composed by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924). Instrumental Play-Along. Play Along. Softcover with CD. 40 pages. Published by Ricordi (HL.50484654).

Item Number: HL.50484654

ISBN 0634046365. Play Along. 9x12 inches.

Who needs a singer? With Play Puccini, instrumentalists can bathe themselves in luxurious Italian melody! These ten opera arias are among the composer's most famous and distinctive achievements, here transcribed for intermediate level solo instrument and piano. The book includes a biography of Puccini, notes about the plot of each opera, and the dramatic context of the selected aria. The companion CD features excellent performances, as well as piano accompaniments for practice. Includes arias from: La Bohème, La Fanciulla Del West, Gianni Schicchi, Madama Butterfly, Manon Lescaut, Suor Angelica, Tosca and Turandot.

“...this collection is very suitable for intermediate cellists who are ready to explore more expressive possibilities with regard to emotional drama, dynamics, vibrato, and overall musicianship. It also is a wonderful way to introduce students to some of the best loved Puccini arias.”--American String Teachers Association

  • Nessun Dorma 
  • In Quelle Trine Morbide 
  • Vissi D'arte 
  • Ch'ella mi creda 
  • Senza Mamma 
  • E lucevan le stelle from Tosca (Puccini) 
  • Recondita Armonia 
  • O Mio Babbino Caro 
  • Un Bel Di Vedremo 
  • Quando Men Vo (Musetta's Waltz) 

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  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Mariposa, CA
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  • July 07, 2008 Top notch music for a beginner

    If you are struggling to find beautiful music to play as a beginner I highly recommend this music. I give it to my students as they are learning to play in fourth position. There are only a few notes to be played in fourth. Most of the music can be...

    performed in first. These are the famous melodies from Puccini's operas and as such are not demanding technically (no fast notes) and yet they are still fun to play. The beginning student will feel a great sense of accomplishment to play something so beautiful. The tunes are immediately recognized and easily learned. I use some of these when I perform at weddings and preludes at local churches.

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    Marco Island, FL
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  • December 03, 2007 Your best chance to be Pavarotti

    Well, maybe not exactly Pavarotti. But these arias are lush and melodious, all written in a good range for the intermediate 'cellist. The collection is complete with piano accompaniment, and it also has a CD that has complete performances as well as piano only, so you can play along. Most...

    of the selections are easily recognized by anyone who is familiar with opera, and they are downright addictive to play without being too difficult. I found that once I worked out and mastered the fingerings, I was able to play the selections with relative ease and concentrate on the interpretation. One caveat: The arias are not necessarily written in their original keys, so you should not expect it. I think a couple of them could stand to be in a higher key in order to take advantage of the upper register of the instrument. To me this was a great find- some of my favorite music that I could play and enjoy. I would love to be able to find similar collections by other operatic composers.

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