30 Italian Songs and Arias of 17-18 centuries Med-high voice with CD Roger Nichols
Details: Version for Medium-High 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 favourites 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 forgo ornamentation...but I have preferred to leave this to the singer's own taste. Parisotti's volumes were notably weighted in favour 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.' (taken from the liner notes by the editor, Roger Nichols)
Contents: '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 Roger Nichols has shed all outdated features, adding instead invaluable information and suggestions; this choice of pieces celebrates even better the genius of Italian baroque song, and I hope to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. Contents: Caccini: Amarilli, mia bella; Monteverdi: Lasciatemi morire; Gagliano: Valli profonde; d'India: Torna il sereno Zefiro; Carissimi: Vittoria, mio core; Strozzi: L'amante bugiardo; Legrenzi: Che fiero costume; Torelli: Tu lo sai; Scarlatti: Gia il sole dal Gange; Scarlatti: O cessate di piagarmi; Scarlatti: Sento nel core; Scarlatti: Le violette; Scarlatti: Se Florinda e fedele; Lotti: Pur dicesti, bocca bella; Lotti: Padre, addio; Bononcini: Non posso disperar; Bononcini: Per la gloria d'adorarvi; Caldara: Sebben, crudele; Caldara: Alma del core; Caldara: Come raggio di sol; Durante: Vergin, tutt'amor; Durante: Danza, danza, fanciulla; Conti: Quella fiamma; Anonymous: Nina; Gluck: O del mio dolce ardor; Giordani: Caro mio ben; Paisiello: Nel cor piu non mi sento; Parisotti: Se tu m'ami.