Folk Music of Italy, Episode 1: A New Look At An Ancient Land (part 1)
March 7, 1955
Performer: Lomax, Alan; Broadcaster: BBC
Track Number: 1
Archive ID: B001
Original ID: T553R01
Note: Discussed in this part: the Genoa trallalleri - South Italian shepherd bagpipe and tambourine - Split between rustic and fine art music that goes back to classical art. Italian folk music defied musical notation: lullaby from Basilicata. Habit of improvising alive in central Italy. Work chants still sung in Italy not Spain. Olive pressing work chant. South Italy still keeps ancient custom of keening the dead, no longer practiced in rest of Europe, not even Ireland. Musical instruments -- violin little used - tambourine most popular. Cane flute.
About the session: The Folk Music of Italy was an eight-part series of Italian folk music produced and hosted by Alan Lomax for the BBC's Third Programme. The recordings were made by Lomax during his Italian field trip in 1954 and early 1955; the series was compiled before his return to England in the early spring of 1955.
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