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One of the most beautiful songs ever written is being sung here by our wonderful Andrea Bocelli. There really are no words that adequately describe Luciano and his version of this song. Hope you enjoy…..!
Gounod improvised the melody, and his future father-in-law Pierre-Joseph-Guillaume Zimmermann transcribed the improvisation and in 1853 made an arrangement for violin (or cello) with piano and harmonium. The same year it appeared with the words of Alphonse de Lamartine‘s poem Le livre de la vie (“The Book of Life”). In 1859 Jacques Léopold Heugel published a version with the familiar Latin text. The version of Bach’s prelude used by Gounod includes the “Schwencke measure” (m.23), a measure allegedly added by Christian Friedrich Gottlieb Schwencke in an attempt to correct what he or someone else erroneously deemed a “faulty” progression, even though this sort of progression was standard in Bach’s music.
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