Short aria Nel cor piu non mi sento now with FREE piano accompaniment in the keys of Eb, F, and G!
The standard arrangement found in 24 Italian Songs and Arias is beautiful, but full of tricky embellishments so beloved by arrangers of the Romantic period. Try my free arrangement - it has a light-hearted feeling that moves quickly, and will complement rather than bury the voice of your young student.
Giovanni Paisiello's Nel Cor is brisk and very pretty. Popular with both male and female singers, this little opera aria is perfect for students just venturing into classical vocal music.
Perhaps because it IS such so short, more advanced and professional singers frequently repeat the melody, with variations and embellishments, once or even twice.
Here is the new piano accompaniment -- a very simple arrangement:
Nel cor with piano accompaniment in key of G
Below are three traditional versions of the melody only, which differ very slightly from each other. Here they are in three different keys:
Here is how melody number two looks:
Here is version three, below. This one is my favorite, though it is quite embellished and probably not as close to Paisiello's original melody as the others.
However, I don't usually give this version to new students, as it requires some facility of execution and also a bit of exhibitionism, I feel, to really throw yourself into the cadenza of the final phrase. Yet again, for all these same reasons, this is an excellent version to give a student with more experience, who is ready to stretch:
This song provides a good example of how a tricky spot in a song can be turned into an exercise. At the word "la" which follows "brillar" in version 3, the descending thirty-second notes are difficult to execute crisply, so I asked my "sometime" teacher (John d"Armand of Juneau, Alaska) for some advice. Should I place emphasis on the first note in the group? No, he suggested placing a bit of stress on the second note -- and indeed, this helped.
So I also turned it into an exercise: "lah-AH-ah-ah, lah-AH-ah-ah, lah-AH-ah-ah, lah-AH-ah-ah." Sung several times over and over, this greatly helped my and students' facility in that passage!
For the piano accompaniments for you or an accompanist, look for these three books:
All these books now come with a CD. The version in the book edited by John Paton (26 Songs) can be used as a solo or as a duet. (His lyrics differ slightly from the other versions, and also his accompaniments are sparser, in an attempt to more nearly approximate the original accompaniments. The other books' accompaniments have a lusher, more Romantic feeling.)
One of my senior high school students sang this piece for two singing auditions. Despite my misgivings about using Nel Cor, as it is so well-known (it seems to be in all the major Italian collections), my voice student gained access into a musical group in the first instance, and received a college music scholarship in the second case.
Perhaps it makes it that much easier for judges to compare students during singing auditions if they are all singing the same songs...
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