Bella Ciao

An arrangement, by Doug McPherson, of the song “Bella Ciao“, an Italian partisan song which originated during the Italian civil war,  in which the Italian Resistance and the Italian Co-Belligerent Army fought together and defeated the forces of the Fascist Italian Social Republic. It is used worldwide as a hymn of freedom and resistance.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bella_ciao
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The first arrangement, 1.v, is with an introduction, (a march), and then the 6 verses, without any solos. The last line of the last verse is repeated.

Click here for the sheet music.

Click here for the sheet music in Em.
(Guitarists can use a capo on the 3rd fret.)

Click here for the Italian lyrics, large font!


Practice tracks
On PC right click on title to download.
Practice your own part, and then practice singing along with the all parts track.

Melody

Alto

Bass

All Parts


Arrangement 1.2:  Verse Only.

Click Here for the Sheet Music (Verse Only,   pdf)

Practice Tracks: Verse Only
Click on title to download.

Practice your own part, and then practice singing along with the all parts track.
Alto

Bass

Soprano

Tenor

 All Parts

Click here for the Italian lyrics, in word format.

Click here for Italian lyrics with an English translation.

Click here for a MIDI file of the arrangement.

Lyrics
  1. Una mattina, mi son svegliato,
    O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao, ciao, ciao,
    Una mattina, mi son svegliato, Eo ho trovato l’invasor!
  2. O partigiano, porta mi via,
    O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao, ciao, ciao,
    O partigiano, porta mi via, Che mi sento di morir!
  3. E se io muoio, da partigiano,
    O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao, ciao, ciao,
    E se io muoio, da partigiano, Tu mi devi seppellir!
  4. Mi seppellire, lassù in montagna,
    O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao, ciao, ciao,
    Mi seppellire lassù in montagna,
    Sotto l’ombra di un bel fiore!
  5. E le genti che passeranno,
    O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao, ciao, ciao,
    E le genti che passeranno, Mi diranno: “Che bel fior”!
  6. È questo il fiore, del partigiano,
    O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao, ciao, ciao,
    È questo il fiore, del partigiano, Morto per la libertà!
Here are a couple of performances to listen to. My arrangement uses the Goran Bregovic performance as a starting point.   (Scroll down for an arrangement incorporating the Bregovic introduction and bridge).

But the Red Army Choir is always worth a listen:

And here is a kind of punk folk version, from an Italian group incorporating Celtic themes.


Click here for sheet music incorporating the introduction and bridge/solo from the Goran Bregovic based arrangement.

Click here for a midi file of the arrangement with introduction and bridge/solo.

Practice Track with introduction and solo, (all parts).

 

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