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30 Italian Songs and Arias for Voice and Piano (Medium-Low Voice) [incl. CD]

Works of the 17th and 18th Centuries (It/Eng); CD: Piano Acc.

By Various

Medium-Low voice and piano
Works of the 17th and 18th Centuries (It/Eng); CD: Piano Acc.. Composed by Various. Edited by Roger Nichols. Voice & Piano. Play along. Sheet music and accompaniment CD. Edition Peters #EP7743B. Published by Edition Peters (PE.EP7743B).

Item Number: PE.EP7743B

ISBN 9790577086637. Language: Italian/English.

Edition for Medium-Low Voice. This collection includes: word-by-word translations (Italian-English); English singing translations; IPA transliterations of the Italian text; historical notes for each song. A piano-accompaniment CD is included with the book.

'Most of the songs and arias included in this volume have been favorites with singers for many years. However, until now, only selected pieces have been available with stylistically-appropriate accompaniments, replacing the Romantic, late-19th-century legacy of Alessandro Parisotti. In going back where possible to early manuscripts and editions, I have tried to produce accompaniments that the composers of these pieces might have found acceptable. In general I have not doubled the voice parts at pitch, since singers often find this inhibiting. I have not introduced any editorial dynamics, since singers until the mid-18th century were in the habit of applying their own, based on the words they were singing. Today's singers should do the same -- there is no reason to suppose that singers in the 21st century are less imaginative and intelligent. Neither have I introduced editorial phrasing, pedalling, fingering or tempo markings, nor suggested any ornamentation for the vocal lines. This does not mean that singers should forego ornamentation...but I have preferred to leave this to the singer's own taste. Parisotti's volumes were notably weighted in favor of the 18th century at the expense of the 17th. I have redressed the balance by introducing five pieces from the early 17th century. I have also taken the opportunity to include a more extended version of Monteverdi's famous 'Lamento d'Arianna'. -- Roger Nichols, Editor (taken from the liner notes of this edition)

'I am delighted to see Parisotti's ubiquitous anthology recast with such learned courtesy. Roger Nichols has shed all outdated features, adding instead invaluable information and suggestions; this choice of pieces celebrates even better the genius of Italian baroque song, and I hope to see it used everywhere!' -- Emma Kirkby

  • Amarilli, mia bella  Performed by Caccini
  • Lasciatemi morire (Lamento d'Arianna)  Performed by Claudio Monteverdi
  • Valli profonde  Performed by Gagliano
  • Torna il sereno Zefiro  Performed by D'India
  • Vittoria, Mio Core  Performed by Giacomo Carissimi
  • L'amante bugiardo  Performed by Strozzi
  • Che Fiero Costume  Performed by Giovanni Legrenzi
  • Tu lo sai  Performed by Giuseppe Torelli
  • Gia Il Sole Dal Gange  Performed by Alessandro Scarlatti
  • O Cessate Di Piagarmi  Performed by Alessandro Scarlatti
  • Sento Nel Core  Performed by Alessandro Scarlatti
  • Le Violette  Performed by Alessandro Scarlatti
  • Se Florinda E Fedele  Performed by Alessandro Scarlatti
  • Pur Dicesti, O Bocca Bella  Performed by Antonio Lotti
  • Padre, addio  Performed by Antonio Lotti
  • Non Posso Disperar  Performed by Giovanni Battista Bononcini
  • Per La Gloria D'Adorarvi  Performed by Giovanni Battista Bononcini
  • Sebben, crudele  Performed by Antonio Caldara
  • Alma del core  Performed by Antonio Caldara
  • Come raggio del sol  Performed by Antonio Caldara
  • Vergin, tutt'amor  Performed by Francesco Durante
  • Danza, danza, fanciulla  Performed by Francesco Durante
  • Quella Fiamma  Performed by Conti
  • Nina  Performed by Anonymous
  • O Del Mio Dolce Ardor  Performed by Christoph Willibald Von Gluck
  • Caro mio ben  Performed by Giuseppe Giordani
  • Nel cor piu non mi sento  Performed by Giovanni Paisiello
  • Se tu m'ami  Performed by Alessandro Parisotti

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    Dr. M.
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  • November 14, 2017 Early Music strikes and fails...again

    This is just the latest in a series of (cough) early [sic] music performance "variations on a theme," for songs that (for people like Kirkby -whose voice was never stellar) can look up their own 'settings' in libraries (if thats what they want); but for most of us, these songs...

    are used as Freshman and HS introductions to the art of Bel Canto. The purpose for these songs is no longer performance-derived, but more didactic- teaching one or two technical issues per song, and introducing Italian to non-native singers of such. Because of that, the closer we can come to modern tonalities (even via Parisotti's lovely arrangements), the better. Cheaper (and far more aurally satisfying) editions already exist. This is not worth the time nor money, except for specialists with musicological interest, but little vocal talent.

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  • May 07, 2009 the arrangement is just so bad

    I took a chance to look at this book at the library. After playing a few songs for piano accompaniments in the cd, my impression was that the person who arranged this music did not have any idea how piano accompaniments should be. You can't sing the songs using...

    this cd, when arrangements are more like solo pieces with fancy tweaks.

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