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Composer of the month

Gioachino Rossini

1792 – 1868

Hear how to pronounce Rossini’s name.

The Barber of Seville (Figaro’s Aria)

La cambiale di matrimonio
(The Marriage Contract)
This was his first professional opera, written when he was 18 years old.

Finale to William Tell Overture

Italian Music


Pines of Rome
by Ottorino Respighi

The Four Seasons
by Antonio Vivaldi

Italian piece you might have played! Minuet
by Luigi Boccherini

The Anvil Chorus from The Troubadour
by Giuseppe Verdi

Cat’s Fugue (Sonata K30)
by Domenico Scarlatti

Adagio for Strings
by Tomaso Albinoni

Italian Songs and Arias

Music from 24 Italian Songs and Arias collected by Italian composer and music editor, Alessandro Parisotti (1853-1913).

Cecilia Bartoli sings Caro mio ben
by Giuseppe Giordani

Se tu m’ami by Alessandro Parisotti

Nina (Canzonetta) Attributed to Giovanni Battista Pergolesi sung by Sophia Ahwazi

Danza, danza, fanciulla gentile by Francesco Durante, sung by Emily Brown

Good Hand Position


In this picture, the fingers are caving or breaking in. They are not round and curved like they should be.

In the picture above, the fingers are too straight and not curved, and the wrist is too high so the hand has lost its round shape.

This hand position is pretty good. The fingers are curved and the hand has a round shape. The wrist is level with the hand and forearm.

What do you think of this hand position? What could the pianist do to improve it?