This transcription is based on the version sung by Maria Callas (visible here) which incorporates considerable “improvements” on Rossini’s original version, including notably several brilliant little cadenza passages. We have taken the liberty of double-dotting many of the rhythms in both piano and cello (notating them “a l’italiana”). Does this make it too “tight” or does it on the contrary give the music a really crisp, sparkling, “al dente” italian feel? The Easier Version has all the higher passages transposed down an octave to stay in the Neck Region.
A play-along audio of the piano accompaniment can be found here below. If we actually download it then we can play it at different tempi with the wonderfully useful and simple Amazing Slowdowner program:Audio Download
By clicking here a Youtube video recording of this cello transcription can be seen.