VINCENZO BELLINI - Ma rendi pur contento

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Italian operatic composer Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835) composed simple and tuneful works for voice and piano.  Malinconia, Ninfa Gentile is from a collection of fifteen pieces, Composizioni da Camera, which likely composed in the 1820s when Bellini was young, but remained unpublished until the centenary of his death in 1935.  Ma rendi pur contento is the final song in the Composizioni da Camera, and is beautiful in its understatement and simplicity.  The text is by the prominent Italian poet and librettist Metastasio, and declares that his lover’s happiness is more important to him than his own.  The comfortable harp part features left hand octaves and gentle right hand arpeggiation.  This flexible arrangement can be performed on a recital in harp and voice format, or adapted for any harp and treble instrument to sight-read at gigs.

Instrumentation: Flexible-- Soprano and Harp, or Treble Instrument and Harp

Difficulty: Easy Intermediate

Publisher: Lyon & Healy