Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti (1797 – 1848) was an Italian opera composer from Bergamo, Lombardy. Donizetti's most famous work is Lucia di Lammermoor (1835). Along with Vincenzo Bellini and Gioacchino Rossini, he was a leading composer of bel canto opera.
The youngest of three sons, Donizetti was born in 1797 in Bergamo's Borgo Canale quarter located just outside the city walls. His family was very poor with no tradition of music, his father being the caretaker of the town pawnshop. Nevertheless, Donizetti received some musical instruction from Johann Simon Mayr, a priest at Bergamo's principal church (and also himself a composer of successful operas). Donizetti was not especially successful as as a choirboy, but in 1806 he was one of the first pupils to be enrolled at the Lezioni Caritatevoli school, founded by Johann Simon Mayr, in Bergamo through a full scholarship. He received detailed training in the arts of fugue and counterpoint, and it was here that he launched his operatic career.
This great Donizetti aria closes the popular opera Don Pasquale. The tune is both quintessentially Italian and catchy. It is upbeat and everyone will be whistling it. This is the complete aria arranged for accordion. This arrangement would be perfect for TV or radio. Instrumental, Classical, Opera, Gaetano Donizetti