A New Song for the New Year

Happy New Year to you, from me and “The Cool Cats.”

Here is another song written by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924), titled Un bel di vedremo. According to my online translater, that means “A lot of we’ll see.” Perhaps it again loses something in translation. It is from the opera Madam Butterfly, and it is song number 94 in the list of 100 classical songs. You know what that means, right? We only have six songs left, at which point I will have transcribed 100 Classical Masterpieces, and you will have heard them all.

THE COOL CATS SAY “HAPPY NEW YEAR!”

Another Hit

This song may be short, but it was a very complicated song to transcribe. It was written by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) and is titled O soave fanciulla, which means “O sweet girl.” (Isn’t that also a song by the Dave Clark Five?). It is song number 92 in the ongoing list of 100 classical songs. It is from the opera La Boheme.

Giacomo Puccini (December 22, 1858 – November 29, 1924) was an Italian composer known primarily for his operas. Regarded as the greatest and most successful proponent of Italian opera after Verdi, he was descended from a long line of composers, stemming from the late-Baroque era. Though his early work was firmly rooted in traditional late-19th-century Romantic Italian opera he later developed his work in the realistic verismo style, of which he became one of the leading exponents.

His most renowned works are La bohème (1896), Tosca (1900), Madama Butterfly (1904), and Turandot (1924), all of which are among the most frequently performed and recorded of all operas. And it was the opera Dan Aykroyd was going to see in the film “Trading Places” before he was set up by his employer and had his life taken over by Eddie Murphy.

“IT’S AN OPERA”

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