Number 95

Song Number 95 in the list of 100 classical songs was written by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924), and is titled Vissi d’arte, which translates to “I lived for art.” Who knew? Not me! I am sure you have heard this melody before. Unless of course you haven’t.

“Vissi d’arte” is a soprano aria from act 2 of the opera Tosca by Giacomo Puccini. It is sung by Floria Tosca as she thinks of her fate, how the life of her beloved, Mario Cavaradossi, is at the mercy of Baron Scarpia and why God has seemingly abandoned her. For more on that:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tosca

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!”

And Now For Something Different

Can you believe that it is almost the New Year? I can’t believe it. Here’s to a new year full of happiness and hope for everyone.

Song Number 93 in our list of 100 classical songs was written by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) and is titled Quando men vo, which translates to “When I Drop. That title seems especially appropriate at this moment. It is another song from the opera La Boheme. And if you a regular reader here, you already know that Puccini came from a long line of composers, all the way back to the Baroque era. (It’s called that because back then everyone was baroque.)

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