||Danza fanciulla gentile
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Originally written as a Solfeggio (to be sung as an wordless vocalise for practice), probably by Durante who was a renowned teacher. The song later featured basso continuo and then text, probably by Spanish tenor Lorenzo Pagans. Parisotti gave the piece a Romantic style piano accompaniment and slightly altered the lyrics in his familiar "Arie antiche".
- Until an original is found, it is not so clear that it was originally unaccompanied. According to Dietz, in Grove Music, "Two popular ‘arias by Durante’, which persistently appear even in modern anthologies of Italian songs, Danza, danza fanciulla and Vergin tutt’ amore, are nothing but solfeggios to which texts and elaborate piano accompaniments were added in the 19th century." However, in Grove's work list, some of Durante's solfeggi have continuo accompaniment, others do not, and this one is without indication as to accompaniment or not. Tagged as having a continuo accompaniment for now, but this is obviously subject to correction.