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Softly, as I Leave You

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Alfred De Vita

Alfred De Vita (arr. Catherall ; orch. Wolf)

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This arrangement is a duet for euphonium and band.

General Info

Year: 1960 / 1962
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: GlenRiver Press
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Softly, as I Leave You is a popular Italian song composed by Giorgio Calabrese and Tony [or Antonio or Alfred] De Vita, translated into English by Hal Shaper. It was originally an Italian success by Mina, at the Sanremo Music Festival, entitled Piano ("Softly").

The English songwriter Hal Shaper noticed the song and in November 1961 wrote English lyrics to the melody, calling it "Softly, as I Leave You." The best-known versions are those by Matt Monro (No. 10 on the British charts in 1962) and Frank Sinatra (No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No .4 on the Easy Listening chart in 1964).

When he performed the song live in Las Vegas, Elvis Presley prefaced with a story about the origins of the song. Presley said the song originated when a man was dying and his wife was sitting by his bedside. As she began to doze off, he felt himself beginning to die and he wrote the words to the song on a notepad. However, Elvis insiders claim that his explanation for the song was merely an example of Presley's flair for storytelling, so his explanation is most likely apocryphal. Elvis said he heard the story "from some people in Florida."

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  • Allegheny College (Pa.) Band Camp for Adult Musicians (Timothy Foley, conductor; Luca Spiros and Leigh Ann Hurtz, euphonium) – 1 July 2016

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