Donizetti per camera: A Collection of Songs by Gaetano Donizetti
Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848) was an Italian composer of operas, sacred music, and chamber music. He is best known for his operas such as Lucia di Lammermoor, L'elisir d'amore, and Don Pasquale. However, he also composed over 200 songs for voice and piano, many of which are rarely performed today.
Donizetti per camera is a collection of 12 songs by Donizetti, edited by Francesco Sanvitale and published by Ricordi in 1983. The songs are based on poems by various Italian poets, such as Metastasio, Leopardi, and Tasso. They range from lyrical to dramatic, from playful to melancholic. Some of the songs are excerpts from Donizetti's operas, while others are original compositions.
The collection includes the following songs:
Non priego mai nÃ pianto (I never pray nor weep)
La zingara (The gypsy)
Il sospiro (The sigh)
La ninna nanna (The lullaby)
Il barcaiolo (The boatman)
Ah! ingrato m'inganni (Ah! ungrateful one, you deceive me)
Amore e morte (Love and death)
L'amor funesto (The fatal love)
La conocchia (The distaff)
Me voglio fÃ 'na casa (I want to build a house)
Il pescatore canta (The fisherman sings)
L'amor marinaro (The sailor's love)
The songs are suitable for intermediate to advanced singers who want to explore Donizetti's vocal style and expression. They can be performed as a cycle or individually. The piano accompaniment is faithful to Donizetti's original manuscripts and provides a rich harmonic support for the voice.
A free PDF of the score can be downloaded from IMSLP: Free Sheet Music PDF Download[^1^].Donizetti's songs are not as well-known as his operas, but they deserve more attention and appreciation. They show his mastery of vocal writing, his sensitivity to poetic texts, and his versatility in different genres and styles. They also reflect his musical influences, such as Rossini, Bellini, and Schubert, as well as his own personal experiences and emotions.
Some of Donizetti's songs are based on his operatic themes, such as \"Ah! ingrato m'inganni\" from L'elisir d'amore, \"Amour jaloux\" from La fille du rÃgiment, and \"L'amor marinaro\" from Il furioso all'isola di San Domingo. Others are original compositions that explore various aspects of love, such as \"L'amor funesto\", a tragic song about a lover who kills himself after being rejected, \"La ninna nanna\", a tender lullaby for a sleeping child, and \"Me voglio fÃ 'na casa\", a humorous song about a man who wants to build a house for his beloved.
Donizetti's songs also demonstrate his skill in creating different musical atmospheres and characters, such as \"La zingara\", a lively song about a gypsy girl who charms everyone with her singing and dancing, \"Il pescatore canta\", a serene song about a fisherman who sings of his simple joys, and \"La conocchia\", a witty song about a woman who spins yarn while mocking her old and ugly suitor.
Donizetti's songs are a valuable part of his musical legacy and offer a glimpse into his creative mind and heart. They are a delight for both singers and listeners who want to discover more of his musical genius. aa16f39245