"I Dreamt That I Dwelt in Marble Halls" may be familiar to your vocal students already, since it has been performed by Maev of the Celtic Woman singers on Celtic Journey. Download the vocals and the piano accompaniment here, in 4 keys!
From the opera "The Bohemian Girl," it is the story of Arline, a gypsy girl who finds out that she is really the long-lost daughter of Count Arnheim of Austria, kidnapped in infancy but now recognized because of a scar she bears. The only problem for Arline now is that she still loves the gypsy boy... Your singers will be excited to have this lovely song! See it below in 2 versions: lead sheet for vocalists, and with full piano accompaniment.
Here is Meav from Celtic Woman singing this beautiful short aria:
Here are free lead sheets for I Dreamt That I Dwelt in Marble Halls, in the keys of Bb, C, D, and Eb:
Download free vocal music "I Dreamt That I Dwelt in Marble Halls" in Bb
Download lead sheet in C
Download free vocal sheet music in D
Download The Bohemian Girl short aria in Eb
(See the piano accompaniments farther down the page...)
This melody is a breeze to learn. Lots of repetition, and easy intervals.
But two areas may require a bit of work: the ornamented notes, met with twice in the first phrase and throughout the piece, and also the lyrics, present some challenges.
Because this is such an easy aria, the ornaments may catch your beginning vocalists off guard. But it's good for them to become accustomed to seeing the tiny notes used for embellishment, and lose any fear of them.
As for the words to the song, there are some old-fashioned words that may require explanation, and your singers NEED to understand what in the world they are singing! What's a vassal? And "a high ancestral name?" These terms may seem easy to you, but not to your students! Then toward the end, verse 1 says "pleased me most," while verse 2 changes to "charmed me most." Why should that be so hard? Well, it was for at least one of my students.
In these lead sheets, I have left off the long measures of empty rests both before and after the first verse... the vocalist will need to be very familiar with what the piano is doing, or have excellent communication with the accompanist!
(Please be aware that in the interests of making the lead sheet 2 pages (and the piano/vocal version 4 rather than 7 pages) and saving ink, the music doubles back to the beginning -- a repeat. But there are many measures where the second verse has a different rhythm than in the first verse, so in these places, the second verse's notes have downward stems as if for an alto voice.)
Now here below are 2 of the 4 pages of the vocal/piano version, also in 4 keys. This version is FOR SALE for $5.00 for all 4 keys - a total of 16 pages. You have my permission to make unlimited copies, for your students only.
Be careful with the Bb and C arrangements to observe where the right hand accompaniment changes to the bass clef. I moved the melody from treble clef because those ledger line notes aren't easy to read!
Sumi-Jo sings this song in a lower key than Meav of Celtic Woman, the key of Bb:
Add this lovely aria to your music collection now!
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