Sheet Music

Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante (Micaela's Aria) from Carmen - Accessible Accompaniments Edition

Georges Bizet
Nicole DiPaolo
Ludovic Halévy
Nicole DiPaolo
Classical / Opera
Piano, Soprano
Scored for
Solo, Accompanying piano
Type of score
Piano-vocal score
E flat major

The first of its kind, and the second entry in Nicole Elyse DiPaolo's Accessible Accompaniments series of aria reductions, this is a genuinely playable and slightly simplified piano/vocal reduction of "Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante," Micaela's famous aria from Bizet's Carmen. Sopranos who love this aria no longer need to fear bringing it in for auditions, last-minute performing engagements, or other situations in which the pianist may have to sight-read from the more-virtuosic-than-it-looks vocal score. Pianists may now enjoy playing this aria comfortably, without risking strain/injury or obscuring the rhythmic cues the singer will need to use to anchor her own part.

All Accessible Accompaniments, including this one, boast several unique features:

1. No reduction ever requires stretches of over an octave, not including bass notes meant to be held or “fudged” with the pedal (though octaves may also contain chord tones within them). This reduces the amount of rearranging that smaller-handed pianists must already do. Obviously, further reworkings are to be expected and pianists should feel free to add to or modify what I’ve provided.

2. I’ve included less essential, but potentially desirable additional voices/passages in cue-size noteheads so that pianists can easily see them, but know that they are not necessary in a “sink or swim” accompanying situation. Presenting less essential material in cue-size noteheads also reduces visual clutter on the page.

3. In addition to the composer’s markings, when needed, I have included hints on particular notes to bring out when the singer is likely to need them as a pitch anchor or when it is not obvious which line should be brought out within the texture.

4. All page turns have been carefully selected so as to result in the least possible disruption to the pianist. When an inevitable page turn precedes a potentially surprising note or chord, I’ve included the next downbeat’s notes in cue-size stemless noteheads at the end of the preceding measure.

5. When known, I’ve noted alternate cuts that singers might like to take within certain arias.

6. In some cases I’ve modernized spelling conventions for easier readability (for example, by replacing “ß” with “ss” in German arias) and occasionally I've enharmonically respelled brief passages for greater clarity.

Upload date: 20 Jan 2020
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