Neapolitan Song, Op. 39, No. 18

Neapolitan Song, Op. 39, No. 18

Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Пётр Ильи́ч Чайко́вский)(7 May 1840 – 6 November 1893) was a Russian composer of the Romantic period. He was the first Russian composer whose music would make a lasting impression internationally. He wrote some of the most popular concert and theatrical music in the current classical repertoire, including the ballets Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, the 1812 Overture, his First Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto, the Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy, several symphonies, and the opera Eugene Onegin.

The Album for the Young, or Children's Album (Детский альбом), Op. 39 (TH 141 ; ČW 150 to 173), subtitled "24 simple pieces à la Schumann", is a cycle of 24 piano pieces composed between May and July 1878. Neapolitan Song (Неаполитанская песенка) is the No. 18 of the album, with the key signature of E-flat major and the tempo of Andante. Like so many other Northern European composers, Tchaikovsky was fascinated by Italy; by the light, the warmth and the popular culture in particular. My arrangement for the guitar is in C major.

Music Sheet for Guitar: