Category:   SSAA CHOIRS
Composer:   Francesco Paolo Tosti
Arranger:   Robert Sieving
Publisher:   Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Inc.
Edition:   SBMP 650
Voicing:   SA
Setting:   Accompanied

Reviewer:   

Kari Douma
Eagan High School 2009
R&R Chair SSAA Choirs

Although this seems to be a simple SA arrangement, it is deceptively challenging due to the language and the warm, sustained tone needed to capture the bel canto style. The arrangement comes with a detailed pronunciation guide as well as an excellent translation. The ranges are not extreme for either the sopranos or altos, yet the altos are required to sing well into their middle range. I would use this with an advanced women’s choir that was ready to sing with a “spinny,” warm, legato sound. A lovely recording by the Women of the Wayzata Concert Choir is available on the SBMP website.