Sheet Music: Un moto di gioia mi sento

TitleUn moto di gioia mi sento
from The Marriage of Figaro
Alternate titlesUn moto di gioja
Opus numberK. 579
ComposerWolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
InstrumentationFlute and Piano
KeyB-flat major
Time signature3/8
Tempo56 BPM
Performance time1:30
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2011-07-24
Last updated2011-07-24
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Sunday 24 July 2011

Tune of the Day: Un moto di gioia mi sento

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arranged for Flute and Piano

In 1789, a revival of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro was presented in Vienna with soprano Adriana Ferrarese del Bene appearing in the role of Susanna. The composer wrote the aria “Un moto di gioia mi sento” (“An emotion of joy I feel”) for that production as a replacement for the Act II aria “Venite inginocchiatevi”, not because he was dissatisfied with it, but because “Un moto di gioia” was better suited to the voice of del Bene. In the opera, Susanna sings it while she dresses Cherubino in women's clothing as a ruse to deceive the Count.

While productions of The Marriage of Figaro after 1789 have generally used the original “Venite inginocchiatevi”, its replacement aria has hardly faded away. “Un moto di gioia” is still often heard in concert performances and on recordings.

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