Voi che sapete sheet music, now in four keys for your young sopranos! This beautiful aria is from Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro" (Le Nozze di Figaro), considered by many to be the greatest opera of all.
It is familiar even to many who are unfamiliar with opera music generally, such as the millions who have seen and loved A&E's 1996 Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth Bennett is singing and playing it at Pemberley, while Mr. Darcy looks on with a soft expression. (If you would like to see that short portion of the film with her song, check the bottom of this page!)
In Marriage of Figaro, Voi che sapete is sung by the young page Cherubino (a male part traditionally played by a mezzo-soprano), who is bemused and confused about the strange but wonderful new feelings he has in the presence of females...
Here is opera singer Maria Ewing with a charming interpretation of the aria, really fine acting, and the clearest diction I have heard from any singer of this song:
And here is the free vocal line sheet music -- I have transposed it down to Ab, G and F, as well as providing the original key of Bb, because so much of the aria is high and stays high, though the range is not wide. (If you are interested in the vocal line with full piano accompaniment, go further down the page.) Here it is in F (NOT high):
Download Voi che sapete melody in Bb, the original key
Download Mozart's aria in the key of Ab
Download Voi che sapete melody in F, shown here
Download Voi che sapete melody in G
Here is a fine amateur version of Voi che sapete:
Now here is what the first two pages of Voi che sapete complete with the piano accompaniment looks like. This nine-page piano with accompaniment arrangement is FOR SALE, but it comes in 4 keys: Bb (the original), Ab, G, and F, and it also comes with my permission to make UNLIMITED COPIES for your students and accompanists only. YES, this is the standard accompaniment:
I am sorry that the graphics do not do justice to the finished pdf, as you will know if you download the free vocal-only arrangements above.
So why should you buy Mozart's Voi che sapete from The Marriage of Figaro from me, aside from the fact that music stores charge more for just one copy (not counting postage or sales tax!), while I am only charging $5.00 for 4 keys, unlimited copies (for your students only)?
* It is available immediately as a digital download onto your computer.
* You don't have to download any new software into your computer in order to download this PDF. I don't know about you, but I detest clogging up my computer with yet another program I didn't know I needed. You just need a version of Adobe Acrobat or another PDF reader, which all computers come with. If you DON'T have Adobe Acrobat or a similar program, then you couldn't download any of my other PDFs either.
* The notes and lyrics are a little bigger than the copies currently available in music stores, making reading easier!
* Speaking of reading the music, you can print Voi che sapete on any kind of paper you want, and thus avoid the glare of shiny pages (so irritating for accompanists!).
*Write and make notes all over these copies, in red and other colors, without feeling you are spoiling your music for posterity. I hate messing up my music books, but learning the piece is always the first priority. These printouts will make great working copies.
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*I give you permission to make unlimited copies, legally -- for the accompanist, for the soloist, for the teacher...
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Lastly, a little present for you Austen lovers... Here is the Pemberley scene, found on Youtube, where Elizabeth sings Voi che sapete. Notice that she is not singing in Italian!
Do you have a funny story about this music, or does it remind you of something you'd like to share with other readers? Do you have a question? I'd love to hear it!
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