Folk Music of Italy, Episode 6: Folk Music from the Heart of Italy (part 1)
May 15, 1955
Performer: Lomax, Alan; Broadcaster: BBC
Track Number: 17
Archive ID: B017
Original ID: T572R01
Note: Discussed in this part: The flowering of the stornello, example from Veneto, but the stornello is found all over central Italy. The Italian journey will take us from the fishermen of Chioggia (Veneto) (example of fishermen chantey) southward to the Po valley to Tuscany, Umbria, Latium, and Abruzzo. Ballad of Rosina, sung by schoolgirls. Ballad of the Three Sisters sung by fisherman's wives as they mend their nets. Polyphony from a tavern in the Po valley. Romagna and the influence of composed choral folk song. Alan explains the background and circumstances of collecting these songs and discusses such issues as the effect of replacement of living traditions in the nineteenth century by sheet music and choral folk revivals. Po Valley wheelbarrow mens' song ("A Mezzanotte in punto) (Noi siamo i scarriolanti) sung with great verve by a trained male and female chorus from Romagna. Solo harvest song, "Canta la cigale.' Classic ballad: "Cecilia."
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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