This volume contains the Piano Accompaniments for the Original Vaccai Practical Vocal Method, (First Lesson in C) which is now in the Public Domain. It is part of a complete Edition of Vaccai Practical Vocal Method Accompaniments, matching the Vocal Range and key of almost every authoritative Edition.
We prefer to classify here the Vocal range in three main sections: High, Medium and Low, instead of : Soprano, Mezzo, Baritone, etc...It seems that Vaccai was concerned, when adopting the "Medium range" (not higher than F5 for female voices, F4 for male voices) for his Practical method, with securing the "Mixed Voice" ("Voce Mista"), and the subsequent use of the precise amount of breath and energy (going from a note to another) to produce a proper, "Bellinian", legato. Of course, it is very useful to transpose this "Practical Method" in the High range specifically for for Sopranos and Tenors, and in the Low range for Mezzos, Bass Baritones, and Contraltos. The original "Medium" Edition (Which starts the Diatonic scale with the note C), is particularly suitable for young tenors, young Sopranos, and young mezzo-sopranos.
Some "Mezzo-soprano" Editions" in Italy use the "Soprano" key chart adopted by other Western Editions. Some "Contralto" or "Basso" Editions in Italy adopt in some instances the original "Medium" key chart.
Last, but not least, Vocal range is only one aspect of Voice classification. Choose your repertoire following the "nature" of your Voice, or your "Voice type" if you like, and the advice of your teacher.
Here is the track list with the corresponding text openings :
01 Manca sollecita
02 Semplicetta tortorella
03 Lascia il Lido
04 Avezzo a vivere
05 Bella prova e d'alma forte
06 Fra l’ombre un lampo solo
07 Quell’onda che ruina
08 Delira dubbiosa
09 Nel contrasto amor s’accende
10-12 Come il candore
13 Senza l’amabile Dio di Citera
14 Benchè di senso privo
15 La Gioja verace
16-17 L’augeletto in lacci stretto
18-20 Quando accende un nobil petto
21 Piu non si trovano
22-23 Se povero il ruscello
24-25 Siam navi all’onde
26 Vorrei spiegar l’affanno
27 O placido il mare
28 La patria e un tutto
29 A la stagione de’ fiori
You can use freely these accompaniments for either private or public rehearshal or concert performance (with the singer). You can use them for radio broadcast if you mention that all accompaniments are by Xavier Palacios. For Tv broadcast you will need to ask a written permission to Xavier Palacios (The artist and Producer).
Xavier Palacios studied at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris de Paris with Antonio Ruiz Pipo, a pupil of Alfred Cortot, and Billy Eidi, a renowed accompanist of French song. He also studied Musical analysis with Ginette keller, a pupil of Nadia Boulanger. He has given many recitals in France and has been the assistant and accompanist of Laurence Russel Albert (Pushkin Prize, Metropolitan Opera) for a few years.