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Italian Art Song : Overview

With the development of opera happening in the1600's, Song could hardly compete. Early Italian song is ​​frequently used for beginning vocal study.

Here is a handy tool I found on the internet: Handy Tool

Early Song:

These will be quick since I am most familiar with this period in music.


- Amarilli mia bella

- Udite, amanti


- Lamento d'Arianna

- Con che soavita, labbra odorate


- Lagrime mie

- Non pavento io non di te


- Se tu m'ami, se sospiri


Bel Canto time!!!

Giacomo Rossini (1792-1868)

Most of his songs were composed after his career as an opera composer. He composed with broken chords and loved OOm-Pah accompaniment too.

La pastorella delle Alpi

Poet: Pepoli

La regata veneziana

Poet: Piave

Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)

Produced 250 songs. Song was not the most memorable of his output. He rarely used great poets or composed complicated accompaniment, making the songs somewhat... bland? It's all in the presentation though, right??

Ah! rammenta, o bella Irene

Poet: Metastasio

Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835)

Bellini is most known for his operas, but composed songs with Bel Canto operatic melodies. His songs are sometimes called "Arietti" which means Small aria.

Sei Ariette

Poets: Metastasio, Pindemonte, Anonymous

Quattro sonneti

Poet: Pepoli

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

Verdi had an operatic approach to his songs. His settings, when compared to Schubert's, are "larger than life" Clearly opera had a strong influence on the song style of Verdi. He composed less than 25 songs, the first volume of these was published before his first opera.

Perduta ho la pace

Poet: Goethe

Romanze 1-12 (2 sets)

Poet: Goethe

Paolo Tosti (1846 - 1916)

Tosti composed 350 songs in Italian, English, French, and Neapolitan dialect. He was an accomplished singer and pianist, with a knowledge of vocal technique. Fun fact: he taught Queen Victorias children. His songs were probably written for his own voice in mind.

La sera

Poet: D'Annunzio


Poet: D'Annunzio

Quattro canzoni d'Amaranta

Poet: D'Annunzio


So brief... I know. #braindead truly.

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