Che farò senza Euridice? For String Quartet

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Che farò senza Euridice? For String Quartet

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Gluck's famous aria arranged for string quartet.

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From Gluck's operatic retelling of the famous Greek myth comes this beautiful aria for grieving Orpheus after he loses his wife, Euridice, back to the underworld after nearly saving her. 

 While there are a few dramatic moments through the middle of the piece, to the modern ear the rest seems almost surprisingly cheerful considering the context. Nevertheless, it makes a fantastic choice for those fancy receptions and cocktail hours.

Note: Any time a grace note figure appears it should fall on the beat and hold nearly equal value to the note it precedes. (e.g. In measure 3 in the violin II part the G grace note and the A should almost equally share the space of a dotted-quarter.) 

*Besides being often programmed for receptions and events, my quartet played this arrangement live at Meymandi Concert Hall.

When listening to the audio sample please keep in mind that it is only a demo rendered by cheap, sample synthesizers and is only provided to give you a rough idea of the arrangement.

 

TEXT:

Che farò senza Euridice (What will I do without Euridice)  
Dove andrò senza il mio ben. (Where will I go without my wonderful one.) 
Euridice, o Dio, risponde (Euridice, oh God, answer)
Io son pure il tuo fedele. (I am entirely your loyal one.)
Euridice! Ah, non m´avvanza Euridice! (Ah, it doesn't give me)
più socorso, più speranza (any help, any hope)
ne dal mondo, ne dal cel. (neither this world, neither heaven.)

Translation by Gabriel Huaroc (ghuaroc@usm.edu.ec)