Tre Canzoni d’Amore for flute quintet


Tre Canzoni d’Amore is a group of three love songs from Italian opera. The first can best be described as yearning for love, the next as a flippant dismissal, and the final as joyful success in love. The tempo increases from languid to brisk in this series. The most famous of the three songs is Giovanni Paisiello‘s Nel Cor Piu Mi Sento, which is full of attitude and the source of a riff by Beethoven in his Six Variations on that theme. The original was much admired at the time. The ebullient closer by Giovanni Bononcini (the third selection) ends all on a happy note.