Vogliatemi Bene from "Madama Butterfly"

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Giacomo Puccini

Giacomo Puccini (arr. Odom)

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The title translates from the Italian as "Love Me Please."

General Info

Year: 1904 /
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Publisher: Manuscript


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Program Notes

Act One of Madama Butterfly concludes with a long duet between the just-married Pinkerton and Butterfly. The duet opens with Bimba, Bimba, non piangere (Sweetheart, sweetheart, do not weep). Then, as Butterfly prepares for her wedding night, Viene la sera (Night is falling). Pinkerton admires the beautiful Butterfly and tells her, "You have not yet told me that you love me." Butterfly replies that she does not want to say the words, "For fear of dying at hearing them!" Act One concludes with Butterfly pleading with Pinkerton Vogliatemi bene (Love me, please.) She asks whether it is true that, in foreign lands, a man will catch a butterfly and pin its wings to a table. Pinkerton admits that it is true but explains, "Do you know why? So she’ll not fly away." He embraces her and says, "I have caught you. You are mine." She replies, "Yes, for life."

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music


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  • Virginia Grand Military Band (Alexandria) (Arnald Gabriel, conductor; Amanda Harper, soprano; Joseph Houghton, tenor) – 6 February 2016

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