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Time to Say Goodbye

by Francesco Sartori

Time to say goodbye by Francesco Sartori

“Con te partirò” (Italian: [kon ˈte ppartiˈrɔ]; “With You I Shall Depart”) is an Italian song written by Francesco Sartori (music) and Lucio Quarantotto (lyrics). It was first performed by Andrea Bocelli at the 1995 Sanremo Music Festival and recorded on his album of the same year, Bocelli. The single was first released as an A-side single with “Vivere” in 1995, topping the charts, first in France, where it became one of the best-selling singles of all-time, and then in Belgium, breaking the all-time record sales there.

A second version of the song, sung partly in English, released in 1996 as “Time to Say Goodbye”, paired Bocelli with British soprano Sarah Brightman, and achieved even greater success, topping charts all across Europe, including Germany, where it became the biggest-selling single in history. Brightman and Bocelli produced a version with Brightman singing in German and Bocelli in Italian, with this version being available on the CD Time to Say Goodbye. That version alone has now sold more than 12 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time.

It references two people passing like ships in the night.  Another expressive and very productive vocalisation. Not so easy to deliver this one in a beautiful manner.

There are two parts to this gorgeous melody . Firstly, the run up trying to match the vocal words. Secondly the nuance of the main melody.

My inspiration was the fabulous Katherine Jenkins.