Folk Music of Italy, Episode 8: Calabria, Sicily, and Sardinia (part 5)
June 13, 1955
Performer: Lomax, Alan; Broadcaster: BBC
Track Number: 30
Archive ID: B030
Original ID: T581R01
Note: Discussed in this part: Spanish influences (white voice, change of key, guitar accompaniment) on coasts reminicent of Andalusia. Dances for guitar duet. Duet from Nuoro, archaic vocal harmonic blend. Rhythmic storytelling with choral response. Antiphonal polyphony from Orgosolo. Polyphonic shepherds' song performed while dancing. Brigandage, murder, and female freedom. Funeral laments. Choral bass polyphony characteristic only of the Basques and other isolated peoples in Western Europe (song leader is tenor). Genoese seven-part polyphony (trallaleri), broken into parts and then together.
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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