A Short Aria
Nel cor piu non mi sento

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 piano arrangement - it has a light-hearted feeling that moves quickly, and will complement rather than bury the voice of your young student. 

Here is the new piano accompaniment -- a very simple arrangement: 

piano accompaniment for short aria Nel cor


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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. 


And page two of the accompaniment:

Nel cor opera aria piano accompaniment

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Below are three traditional versions of the MELODY only, which differ very slightly from each other. Here they are in three different keys: 

short aria free vocal sheet music

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Here is how traditional melody number two looks: 

Paisiello's short aria, Nel cor piu non mi sento, another traditional melody

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Here is version three of the melody, 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: 

Nel Cor sheet music for beginning singers, version three

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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 usual (not free) piano accompaniments for you or an accompanist, look for these three books:

26 Italian Songs and AriasClassical Contest Solos, and 24 Italian Songs & Arias.

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...





The links to the piano accompaniments:


Download Nel cor with easy piano accompaniment in key of Eb 


Download short opera aria Nel cor accompaniment in key of F 


Nel cor with piano accompaniment in key of G 



The links to traditional melody number one:


Short aria Nel cor, traditional melody number one in Eb 


Nel cor in F 


Nel cor free vocal sheet music in G 



The links to melody number two:


Nel cor version 2 in Eb 


Nel cor free opera aria version 2 in F


Version 2 of Nel cor in G 



The links to melody number three:


Nel cor free vocal sheet music version 3 in Eb


Opera aria Nel cor version 3 in F


Version 3 of Nel cor in the key of G 







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