Che farò senza Euridice from Orfeo ed Euridice by C. W. Gluck for solo classical guitar

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Christoph Willibald Gluck, 18th-century German composer, is said to be the father of modern opera. Gluck, in the 1760s, under the influence of the more liberal French style, reformed the existing Italian operatic structure. He did so by abandoning vocal improvisations and, thereby, shortening the overall duration; simplifying recitatives and blending them with the music, and utilizing simpler melodic structures, thus emphasizing the plotline inherent to the tragedy. He expanded upon the form by introducing the musical overture that not only outlined the major themes of the opera but also set the tone for the whole work. Orfeo and Euridice was his first opera that reflected these major changes and it still remains popular to this day. In the third act, with the aria “What Shall I Do Without Euridice?”, Orfeo mourns the death of his wife with a final passing glance at her beautiful face. Gluck is amongst the few composers who could compose such a beautiful lament while masterfully setting it to a seemingly contrasting major key! Emre’s masterful transcription of this gorgeous aria couldn’t be timelier when many around and among us are trying to deal with the irreplaceable loss of loved ones.

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Level: Advanced

Format: Sheet music notation (no tabs/tablature) *NEW* with tabs
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1 review for Che farò senza Euridice from Orfeo ed Euridice by C. W. Gluck for solo classical guitar

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    David C

    I am ashamed to say that I was not familiar with this piece before your posting. I just LOVE it, and I am toggling back and forth between your version and a recording of Pavarotti. Thank you so much for this beautiful music!

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