This song presented particular challenges. The accompaniment is very difficult to play, and so I decided to create a rehearsal track in Finale. That in itself was not easy. I also needed to transpose it a semitone up, but before I could to that the notes had to be entered and there are a great many. I also wanted usable sheet music, and therefore the text with all its diacritical characters had to be added as well.

Here is the rehearsal track exported from Finale. I shall eventually be singing the flute part. This is in the original key of G flat.

This is a good example of the quality of playback achievable with Finale. It takes a great deal of attention to detail when entering the music and you need to understand the idiosyncracies of the software and the sound samples you are using. For instance, here I had to make alterations to the way the grace notes are notated in order for them to play back correctly.

This uses the solo flute from the Garritan Personal Orchestra 5, and the Garritan Yamaha CFX concert piano (notation versions of both).

Click here to play Rusalka's song to the moon for flute and piano

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Enrica profile

Enrica Gozzi Krige is my singing teacher. She left South Africa in 1969, straight out of school, to train in Italy, and had a career there as a professional opera singer that spanned about 20 years. As far as I know, she never sang a secondary role on stage. She won numerous awards, and trained at the prestigious La Scala Academy. I am very privileged to be taught by her.

I can't begin to describe how much she has helped me to grow as a singer and as a musician. She is teaching me to trust my voice and not practice it to death. I am even beginning to learn to like it. She teaches me a new kind of discipline and to reach for new heights in quite a literal way. She has also become a dear friend.

Her career pre-dates the Internet, and I find it unacceptable that this major talent from South Africa is not better known. As yet, there is no Youtube challen, but we are working on that. We have  accessed the casette tapes of rehearsals and performance. all informal recordings. But they are there, and now they can be digitised and to a considerable extent, restored.

So I am doing what I can to preserve the recordings of her voice that still exist. Of course, she still sings for her students, and the voice still blows me away.

You can find Enrica at:

www.singingstudiobelcanto.com

Here is a recording of her in Milan, 1976, her debut as Leonora in Verdi's Il Trovatore.

Listen to Tacea la notte and Di tale amor

Here is a recording of her as Tosca, singing Vissi d'arte:

Listen to Vissi d'arte

These recordings were made with casette tape recorders during live performances, with no special audio technology used.

I digitised them to mp3 and removed what I could of the tape noise using Audacity.

 

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