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Music Passion

My contribution to October’s “Music Passion” is the Italian madrigal Amarilli Mia Bella (Amarilli My Fair One) by Giulio Caccini (1551-1618), sung here so beautifully by mezzo-soprano Marie Kristoffersen.

Guilo Caccini was a late renaissance/ early baroque italian tenor, instrumentalist, and composer who sang at the Medici court and was one of the founders of opera. You can find out more about him atย

If you have a favourite song with the word “ONE” in the title, and would like to listen to some other people’s favourites one-songs, you’re welcome to join in the fun at

You can find Marie Kristoffersen at

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12 thoughts on “Music Passion

  1. What a hauntingly lovely song choice! Beautifully sung. I love that you think outside the box with these Music Passion choices. I’m a big fan of Opera and Classical, and I always look forward to your selections.

    I was pondering “Una furtiva lagrima” (One furtive tear) from Donizetti’s “L’elisir d’amore” but then settled on a more mainstream selection.


  2. Exceptional to hear these kind of music…. Wow! I feel gratified to hear your “My Fairy One” Sarah and thanks to Phil too for sharing this “Una Furtiva…
    It’s my first time to hear both of these opera songs and although I cannot understand the lyrics, the singers are both great and with soothing sounds… immaculate should I say ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks Sarah for your entry this month! mmmwahhhhh


  3. What a brilliant voice! Good tune Sarah – well chosen ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I now have to find mine…


    • She’s not that well known yet, I don’t think. She’s just working on her debut album, but I thought her voice more beautiful than some of the other more famous people who’ve recorded this piece. I wish her every success, and believe she’ll end up famous.


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  5. Hi Sarah, thanks for dropping by. Without that I’d probably have missed this exquisite madrigal.

    I’d forgotten that you are a mezzo sop. If you haven’t read Saxon’s Bane, several of the supporting characters are choristers. Rendering the emotion of music into prose is an interesting challenge.

    I sing bass, btw.



    • I haven’t read Saxon’s Bane yet, but it is at the top of my book-buying list. And when I’ve read it, I will invite you to do a blog post ๐Ÿ™‚

      In my novel, one of my characters is very much held together by music, when he’s in danger of breaking into emotional fragments.


      • Curious. The main character in my current WIP is a pianist. Perhaps we ought to compare, ahem, notes.

        Personally, I’m the other way round. I can hold myself together but good music breaks me into emotional fragments…


      • My main character is the son of a pianist whom he’s never met, and his love of music is a case of nature rather than nurture. But I won’t give away any more about him here. Will message you on facebook and tell you more, when I’m in less hectic mode. …Musical commitments of my own this weekend.


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