Folk Music of Italy, Episode 6: Folk Music from the Heart of Italy (part 4)
May 15, 1955
Performer: Lomax, Alan; Broadcaster: BBC
Track Number: 20
Archive ID: B020
Original ID: T575AR01
Note: Discussed in this part: Peasant tarentella with rubbed tambourines. Strange seven-part harmonies of group, the The Red Birds, of the Fontanini of Casteldelpiano, recorded separately and together. Stornelli performance-syles by 1. peasant woman with accordion, contrasted with 2. professional night-club entertainer, and 3. mountain bagpipe player playing stornello with bagpipe accompaniment outside his own door to ask his wife's forgiveness for coming home late drunk (followed by saltarello with tambourine with wife and children). Choir of virgins singing religious pageant in Lazio, at source of Tiber above Tivoli. Folk polyphony of Frosinone. The female and male polyphony of Abruzzo. Choral music inspired by the efforts of nineteenth century folk collectors that resulted in an organized choral revival movement made famous by contributions of D'Annunzio has resulted in renewed folk tradition.
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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