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ABOUT THE CONCERT ARIA
From Ah! Perfido, Op. 65
Voice / Vocal Fach Soprano/ Lyric Soprano
Original key Eb Major
Language Italian
Composer Ludwig van Beethoven 1770 – 1827
Poet Pietro Metastasio 1698 – 1782
Range Ah! Perfido
Presentation

Ah! Perfido, a setting by Menastasio, was composed by Ludwig van Beethoven in 1796 and published in 1805. This aria was intented as a concert aria.

Ah! Perfido, written in 1796 (but published only in 1805) is an early composition by Beethoven written for a famous soprano of his time, Josepha Duschek. He modelled it on the Bella mia fiamma by Mozart, already written for the same singer. Beethoven, decades later, was adamant on stressing how theatrical this aria was and how it could only be performed in a concert hall.

The text sets a poem of Metastasio (the C Major part) and the words of an anonymous poet (Per pietà, non dirmi addio). It focuses on the emotions of a young women who has discovered her lover has betrayed her. Beethoven depicts those emotions through tempo movement variations (adagio, allegro…) and expressive harmonic colors. He, masterfully, succeeds in balancing flow and tension. The vocal line is famous for its immense difficulty and requires from the singer, technical skill and a sense for drama.

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Ah! Perfido originated was composed by Ludwig van Beethoven. The original lyrics are in Italian. The melodious note arrangement of Ah! Perfido ranges from pianissimo (very soft) mellow notes to forte (loud) notes carrying the player and the audience through an array of vivid emotions. The sweet soft beginning of the music piece gradually increases and decreases the loudness in smooth transitions. This music piece is decorated with phrases, slurs and an arpeggio. A perfect composition for piano players to try with an intermediate knowledge in music. Students can make use of this sweet music piece to improve their knowledge in music expressions, ornaments and sight-reading, while all music lovers could enjoy this brilliant extract whole-heartedly. Ah! Perfido sheet music produced by Lyribox is clear, precise and is transcribed in English by Lyribox. By purchasing Ah! Perfido sheet music from us, you can simply sing along as you play this masterpiece on your piano. Unlike many sheet music sold online with all black notations, sheet music we offer you is marked using three distinct colors. While piano notation is illustrated in black, the music expressions and the lyrics are given in red and blue respectively. Get Ah! Perfido by L. van Beethoven sheet music from Lyribox today to enjoy and share this wonderful music composition with your friends and family.

Accompaniment
Ah! Perfido piano accompaniment is offered by Lyribox is mellow and smooth. It feeds the poem an underlying pulse, adding a sense of propulsion to it. Meanwhile the vocal line flows in a dreamy leisure manner forcing the audience into a calming and languid mood. The vocal line of Ah! Perfido by Lyribox has the potential to provide slight pitch support for the voice’s sometimes unusual intervals, enhancing the fullness of it. This accompaniment is not at all demanding. Using these rich Ah! Perfido accompaniments you could create one of the most brilliant performances that is pregnant with layers and layers of expressions. Purchase the Ah! Perfido piano accompaniment together with the vocal line accompaniment from Lyribox today!

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Translation
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