Alan Lomax dictates correspondence, including an account of traveling to Italy and a tribute to Diego Carpitella
Title: Alan Lomax dictates correspondence, including an account of traveling to Italy and a tribute to Diego Carpitella Date recorded: 1991 Contributor(s): Contributor: D'Arcangelo, Gideon; Contributor: Lomax, Alan
Note: Second part of this tape consists of correspondence dictated for use by Gideon d'Arcangelo. Letter to Dr. Usheyama concerning films of music and dance in folk history of five important American regions, proposing to show them in Japan. Letter to Rudy Ossentino asking for assistance in getting RAI to return of Pal copies of films lent them. Sorry the programs didn't fit into their plans for the moment. Copy to Gilbert Rouget. Letter to Mariane Godfrey of Pew Charitable Trust seeking response for letter sent in July about Association of Cultural Equity and its work. Alan speaks of the need all human beings feel for art forms to express who they are and what they need and where they hurt. His great fortune to have known geniuses such as Woody Guthrie and Aunt Molly Jackson, but hundreds of others that he recorded were all concerned with taking care of the cultural heritages that made their people feel at home in their place. Addendum to letter to "Estonian director" asking for availability of films shown at recent film festival. Finally a letter to Mr. Lewin asking for details about participation in royalties from an album using Alan's work that had appeared in an album, "Close to Venus," associated with Carl Sagan and NASA project issued by Warner Brothers. These letters are notable for their display of Alan Lomax's capacity for elaborate Southern courtesy and tact. The final item on this tape is an account of Alan Lomax's Italian Voyage and his and Diego Carpitella's uncovering of the world of Italian folk music. It begins with an account of recording the trallaleri of Genoa and improvised canon polyphony, "one phase of music that is literally as old as human time." It ends with a tribute to the great distinction earned by Diego Carpitella: "I am proud of the eminent position he attained," and the devotion and enthusiasm manifested by the graduate students of his that Alan had met.
About the session: This tape consists of correspondence dictated for use by Gideon d'Arcangelo, to various colleages, including Dr. Usheyama, Rudy Ossentino, Gilbert Rouget, Mariane Godfrey of the Pew Charitable Trust, and a Mr. Lewin.
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