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Rusalka's Song to the Moon - a Dvorak aria for String Quartet

By Antonin Dvorak

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String Quartet - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904). Arranged by Ray Kamada. Romantic Period, Anniversary, Wedding, Graduation. Score, Set of Parts. 8 pages. Published by The Lone Arranger (S0.397697).

Item Number: S0.397697

This tune provides a wonderful processional - beautiful and elegant, thus perfect for gigging string quartets. Its stately pace offers no technical difficulties, yet dynamics, retards, and arco/pizz.transitions are all included to allow for a fully expressive performance that certainly belongs in the wedding music repertoire.

Originally scored for pit orchestra (winds, percussion, and strings), this version of an aria from Act 1 of Dvorak's most famous opera, was written for a stand alone string quartet, or accompanying soprano voice. Rusalka is a water sprite, who lives in a lake, but falls in love with a human prince and asks the moon to tell him of her love. The lyrics in English translation are:

Moon, high and deep in the sky: Your light sees far,: You travel around the wide world,: and see into people's homes.:
Moon, stand still a while: and tell me where is my dear.: Tell him, silvery moon,: that I am embracing him.:For at least momentarily: let him recall of dreaming of me.: Illuminate him far away,: and tell him, tell him who is waiting for him!: If his human soul is, in fact, dreaming of me,: may the memory awaken him!: Moonlight, don't disappear, disappear!

This increasingly popular aria has been recorded many times, perhaps most notably by Renee Fleming and Frederica von Stade.

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