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Ah! Douce enfant (La Fée's aria) from Cendrillon - La Fée-Only Audition Cut

By Jules Massenet

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Piano Accompaniment, Soprano Voice - Advanced - Digital Download
Composed by Jules Massenet (1842-1912). Arranged by Nicole Elyse DiPaolo. Romantic Period, Opera. Piano Reduction. 5 pages. Published by Nicole Elyse DiPaolo (S0.642627).

Item Number: S0.642627

The first of its kind, this is a customized La Fée-only audition cut of "Ah! Douce enfant," Scene VI from Jules Massenet's increasingly popular opera Cendrillon (Cinderella). In the past, singers wishing to audition for this role would have to make a series of awkward cuts to eliminate the gaps created by the choral parts ("voix lointaines") when performing this excerpt. The current edition omits those passages and knits together La Fée's own lines with stylistically coherent cuts and additions. All cuts are marked with asterisks in both the voice part and piano reduction. This cut ends just before the start of the "Vif" passage in E major and 3/8 time.

The piano reduction itself has not been simplified or drastically altered (at the commissioner's request), although the engraving features minor changes from the original edition (for example, eliminating cross-staff chord notation and inserting a few logical enharmonic respellings).

About the Arranger:

Praised as a "sensitive pianist" and "outstanding accompanist" who delivers "powerful interpretations," Nicole Elyse DiPaolo is a versatile pianist, composer, teacher, and scholar currently based near Cleveland, Ohio. Nicole has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Ambassador Chamber Players on multiple occasions (two of which also featured her own Piano Trio in C minor) and as a recitalist, collaborator, and presenter worldwide. She holds a B.Mus in Music Theory from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where she studied piano under Michele Cooker and Louis Nagel; additionally, she studied composition with Bright Sheng and basso continuo (harpsichord accompaniment) with Edward Parmentier. Nicole also holds an MM in Music Theory from Indiana University-Bloomington, where she has now achieved PhD candidacy in the same field. To further her vocal coaching skills, she has taken additional French and German diction courses with Prof. Gary Arvin.

Currently, Nicole is an online Adjunct Lecturer in Music (Music in General Studies) at IU Bloomington and sought-after private instructor of piano, music theory, and composition. Nicole has had and continues to enjoy musical partnerships with students of nearly every current IU voice department faculty member. In addition, she was the rehearsal pianist/coach for a summer production of John Frederick Lampe's little-known Baroque opera Pyramus and Thisbe. Outside of IU, Nicole was on the composition and collaborative piano faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in 2014 and 2015. In June 2018, Nicole was a Collaborative Piano Fellow at the Bay View Music Festival in Petoskey, Michigan, performing with the festival's SOARS voice program participants on fully staged opera scenes and art song recitals as well as in the Bay View Young Artist Series (Charlevoix, MI).

Notable recent engagements include the 2018 Evansville Philharmonic Young Artist Competition; the 2016, 2017, and 2019 National Society of Arts and Letters Vocal Competitions (multiple entrants); the "Opera Night at North" benefit concert with students of IU's top-ranked opera program (among them "Accidental Tenor" Andrew Lunsford); and two long-term, international cruise ship performing contracts with violinist Amy Lee as the Duo del Mare. Additionally, she recently finished recording an album of unique folksong settings with bass-baritone and IU Kelley School of Business professor Timothy Fort, which will be included in his upcoming business ethics text, Vision of the Firm.

Nicole continues to compose as well as arrange, and her compositions have been described as "very effective" with a "fantastic amount of intrigue," "mindfulness...[and] colorful nuance" (Seven Sky Music). She earned a doctoral minor in composition from IU, where she studied with Claude Baker, Don Freund, P. Q. Phan, and David Schneider. Nicole's music has been heard across the world. Along with numerous performances in the Midwest, her commissioned song settings of Muscogee poet laureate Alexander Posey's texts have been performed nationwide, and the Smithsonian Institution procured copies of two of these (Nature's Blessings and A Vision) to archive at the National Museum of the American Indian. Nicole's music also received its Mexican premiere in 2013 with a performance of her Divertimento, written for the International String Quartet of Yucatán. In 2014 Nicole published a set of twenty short pedagogical pieces in uncommon keys, entitled Venturing Beyond, for early-intermediate pianists of all ages, available on SheetMusicPlus and MusicaNeo, and she is currently working on a new set of pedagogical pieces that will introduce intermediate pianists to the Impressionist language. Most recently, Nicole was commissioned to create a choral arrangement of "Ride," the city of Bloomington's official bicentennial song, for the Bloomington Community Song Project. Also a sought-after composition teacher and adjudicator, Nicole frequently judges state, regional, and divisional MTNA composition competitions at all levels, ranging from elementary to college-level Young Artists.

When not working on one of her many concurrent musical projects, Nicole might be found maintaining several music-related social media communities, watching University of Michigan football games, looking for opportunities to maintain her Spanish and Italian language skills, and raising and releasing monarch butterflies. To learn more about Nicole’s many and varied performing, teaching, research, and publishing pursuits, please visit her artist website at ndipaolo.musicaneo.com.

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