Sì la chiù bella (Valenza, Gaetano)

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Work Title Sì la chiù bella
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Composer Valenza, Gaetano
Key D minor
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1
First Publication. 1855 ca. - Naples: G. Fabricatore, Plate 873
Librettist Gaetano Dura
Language Neapolitan
Dedication miss Giulietta Dura
Average DurationAvg. Duration 5 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation voice, piano
Related Works Included in the collection La Napolitana (No. 2)

Misc. Comments

This aria may be regarded as a parody. Verses such as "Io me te schiaffo attuorno comme a nu cacciuttiello chino de fedeltà" (I'm going to put myself close to you like a little faithful pet) seem more humorous than sentimental. Moreover the work is dedicated to a young woman (a librettist's daughter) who probably played the first performance, since she is said a "virtuosa" in the dedication; but it's a man's love song to a woman; so probably it was sung as a parody. Surely a "serious" performance is possible, especially if sung by a man. Anyway all the other Valenza's songs collected in "La Napolitana" are undoubtedly comic.