Cavatina from Rossini's The Barber of Seville
Composed by Anton Diabelli (1781-1858)
For Flute and Piano
Edited by Paul Lustig Dunkel
Published by International Music Co.
Includes score and flute part
Anton Diabelli owes his fame in large part to Ludwig van Beethoven who composed a brilliant set of 33 variations based on his Waltz, Opus 120. Diabelli, who was born near Salzburg in 1781 five years before the composition of Mozart's Figaro, was the owner of a very successful publishing house (Capi & Diabelli) that specialized in arranging and publishing works by popular composers of the day. It is not known whether Diabelli composed his composition based on “La ci darem la mano” for a particular flutist, but toward the end of the 18th Century publishers and composers alike sought to capitalize on the demand for virtuoso works. This composition is one of the earliest examples of such an attempt with many more following, especially for the flute, by such composers as Briccialdi and Kuhlau.
— Paul Lustig Dunkel (July 2017)