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The Music of Semiramide 
Arias from 18th & 19th centuries
for Soprano and Mezzo-soprano 
Composers: Händel, Porpora, Rossini, Meyerbeer
Poetry: Zeno, Metastasio, Rossi
Critical revision by Alessandro Monga & Davide Verga 
Reductions for Voice and Piano Giulia Lorusso

This elegant volume presents in first modern edition (and largely in first edition in absolute) thirteen Arias, in a reduction for Voice and Piano, from Operas of the 18th and 19th centuries dedicated to the fascinating personality of Semiramide. The publication is accompanying, in this rediscovering activity, the recording of Semiramide. La Signora regale (©2014 DHM-Sony), winner of The International Opera Award 2015.
     Besides giving birth to an exciting musical journey on the traces of historical and human personality of the first Queen of the Orient, this collection is of a significant importance from a musicological point of view. In fact the publication of the scene from La morte di Semiramide – attributed to Sebastiano Nasolini and sung by Isabella Colbran in Naples in August 1815 – in which are contained large sections composed by Gioachino Rossini completely unknown before the mentioned recording Semiramide. La Signora regale (2014), is testifying de facto – albeit in disguise – Gioachino Rossini’s debut in Naples in an antecedent date compared to the one always believed. The same importance for the historian as the performer assumes, furthermore, the publication of the first version of the rossinian «Bel raggio lusinghier», reconstructed directly from the autograph manuscript of Semiramide, preserved today in Venice.
     Between the copious and particularly beautiful musical pages proposed in the volume (that consent also to bring to light composers today unjustly forgotten as Bernasconi, Bertoni or Borghi and, at the same time, to discover jewels less known by celebrated Porpora, Caldara, Händel, Jommelli and Paisiello), are indicated the intense cavatina «Son infelice, son sventurata», that has been descovered to have been written by Girolamo Crescentini, as well as «Al mio pregar t’arrendi» from Semiramis by Manuel García (Ciudad de México, 1828), “saved” from a state of serious deterioration that has made almost illegible the autograph manuscript.
     A rich historical Preface and an extremely detailed Appendix by musicologist Davide Verga, compliment the edition.


Index of Arias

    Vanne fido, e al mesto regno
  • Antonio Caldara SEMIRAMIDE IN ASCALONA (1725)
    Povera navicella
  • Georg Friedrich Händel - Leonardo Vinci SEMIRAMIDE RICONOSCIUTA [pasticcio] (1733)
    Fuggi dagl'occhi miei
  • Niccolò Jommelli SEMIRAMIDE RICONOSCIUTA (1742)
    Barbaro, non dolerti ... Tradita, sprezzata
  • Andrea Bernasconi SEMIRAMIDE (1765)
    Ah, non è vano il pianto
  • Ferdinando Bertoni SEMIRAMIDE RICONOSCIUTA (1767)
    Non so se più t'accendi
  • Giovanni Paisiello LA SEMIRAMIDE IN VILLA (1772)
    Serbo in seno il cor piagato
  • Giovanni Battista Borghi LA MORTE DI SEMIRAMIDE (1791)
    Figlio diletto e caro
  • Anonimo / Girolamo Crescentini LA MORTE DI SEMIRAMIDE (1815)
    Fuggi, togli quel volto ... Son infelice, son sventurata
  • Sebastiano Nasolini / Marcos A. Portugal / Gioachino Rossini LA MORTE DI SEMIRAMIDE (1815)
    Fermati! Il ciel minaccia! ... Sconsigliata che fo ... Qual pallor? Qual tema? Ardire! 
  • Giacomo Meyerbeer SEMIRAMIDE RICONOSCIUTA (1819/1820)
    Più non si tardi ... Il piacer, la gioia scenda
  • Gioachino Rossini SEMIRAMIDE (1823)
    Serena i vaghi rai ... Bel raggio lusinghier
  • Manuel García SÉMIRAMIS (1828)
    Già il perfido discese ... Al mio pregar t'arrendi

  • For female voices
  • Vocal extention: A2 - C5
  • Vocal difficulty level: ❍❍❍
  • Piano difficulty level: ❍❍/❍❍❍
More Information
Publisher © 2015 Consonarte
Catalogue No. AB 234 CP
Format Paper
Language Italian / English
Pages 140
Dimensions 310mm x 230mm
Score Weight 525 gr.
ISMN 979-0-708148-25-8
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