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O del mio amato ben

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Marie Brewer

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Transcript of O del mio amato ben


Stefano Donaudy

presented by: Marie Brewer
Melody
graceful with triplet figures and much movemet
simple upward and downward lines that connect smoothly
heavily influenced by text meaning
example: when text depicts "stress", so does the vocal line
gives off urgency & passion
This piece in particular...
written in both the Baroque and Romantic vocal style
even though it is an aria, it doesn't appear in an opera.
Donaudy included it in his collection of books 36 Arie di Stile Antico & it appears in the second book.
O del mio amato ben
translates into
O thou, my most belov'd enchantment, lost!

Year of Composition:
1918

Composer:
Stefano Donaudy

Poet:
Alberto Donaudy

Original Key:
A-flat Major

Approx. Timing
: 4 minutes
More on the composer
Born:
February 21, 1879; Sicily
Died:
May 30, 1925; Naples
More on the
"other Donaudy"
Alberto is Stefano's younger brother
he is responsible for many more texts of songs that Stefano has composed
19th Century Italian Song
O del mio amato ben
first Opera was
Folchetto
other Operas include
Scampagnata (1898)
Theodor Korner (1902)
*3 more
How were Donaudy songs written?
they were written in the Romantic period
used older song forms
arie canzone madrigal
arietta canzonetta
ballatella frottola
First listening...
Winner of the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo
Text Overview/Summary
descriptor words:
brokenhearted, lovesick
Contour:
arched-shaped
Range:
E-flat 4 -- F5
Vocal Articulation:
legato
Harmony
Traditional
Remains major throughout the entire piece, with an E-natural accidental for emphasis on the upcoming phrase
Texture:
polyphonic
Tonality:
diatonic
Text Illustration:
there

are written out embellishments of the melody that sound spontaneous and integrated into the overall texture
Rhythm
Tempo:
andante quasi adagio
(going almost adagio)
Metric Organization:
4/4
Patterns:
16th and 32nd notes reappear throughout entire piece; triplets are throughout as well
Accompaniment
short prelude and interlude in which the piano incorporates the vocal melody
the combination of pedal, varied dynamics and embellished melody creates a romantic mood/setting for the piece
polyphonic structure in piano
Texture:
chordal
Shared material w/ voice?
: in some parts, yes; the first note or two of every other word might be shared to help singer w/ the rest of the phrase
Form
Strophic
Level of difficult, teaching and performance concerns:
appropriate for 3rd year vocal students
embellishments & idea of rubato could impose a challenge
acting out such a serious emotion/feeling could be hard for any singer, especially with little experience
Last listening...
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