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Italian fiddle style and dancs
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I noticed there was no Italian fiddle styles represented, so thought this one may be of interest. I think it's quite hypnotic, and bears resemblance to some of the nordic music, played on the hardanngar,  if that's how it's spelled.

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This is interesting. To me it resembles Balkan folk music more than Scandinavian, though, because of the scale being used.

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@stringy -

Woo Hoo!

Thanks for posting that video & starting this thread - very cool (and I haven't seen it)!   

I kept hoping you might run into some traditional music while traveling to Venice!

I confess I do have stuff I've book marked about fiddling in different areas of Italy - just haven't gotten around to posting anything, yet.  So much of the music seems is influenced by surrounding Countries & history.

 

Resia is Northeastern Italy, VERY close to the border of Slovenia, but also kinda close to Austria - mountains/valleys. This is a video I had bookmarked for the area - the way they hold their fiddles & the giant cello bows caught my attention! 

 

Carnia is north of Resia & borders Austria - both are in the same Northeastern region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. 

 

...wish I'd organized my bookmarks better.

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Also...

Just the other day I ran across 'South Tyrol' fiddling - this Northwestern Italian alpine area historically belongs to the larger Tyrol–South Tyrol–Trentino Euroregion that spans from Northern Italy into Austria, so music & languages intermingle. 

 

Music of Northwestern Piedmont region has a French influence. 

 

The "Tarantella Napoletana" is the famous tune traditional in Southern Italy - here's a video tutorial. 

Tarantella - excerpts from Wikipedia: 

Tarantella is a group of various southern Italian folk dances originating in the regions of Calabria, Campania and Puglia. It is characterized by a fast upbeat tempo, usually in 6/8 time (sometimes 12/8 or 4/4
), accompanied by tambourines. 

The specific dance-name varies with every region, for instance Sonu a ballu in Calabria, tammurriata in Campania, and pizzica in Salento. 

...danced by a couple or couples, short in duration, is graceful and elegant and features characteristic music. On the other hand, the supposedly curative or symptomatic tarantella was danced solo by a victim of a Lycosa tarantula spider bite (not to be confused with what is commonly known as a tarantula today); it was agitated in character, lasted for hours or even up to days, and featured characteristic music. However, other forms of the dance were and still are dances of couples usually either mimicking courtship or a sword fight.

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Besides Reschen (Resia) in the Northeast, there's some important early Italian Folk Music revival in Northwest Italy, the Quattro Province music of: Alessandria (Piemonte), Genova (Liguria), Pavia (Lombardia), and Piacenza (Emilia-Romagna), and also down through The Apennines, of Central Italy.  'Roots Revival' started in the 50's, but groups got solid footing starting in the 70's and I can see it helped keep early Italian Folk Dances alive with re-enactments, mostly couples & circle-type dances (like in previous video posts here).  Some of the music/dancing dates back to medieval times - but much is being interpreted for today's audiences.

 

Franco Guglielmetti (accordion, barrel organ) & Maddalena Scagnelli (vocal, violin, viola, piano, psaltery), they're a husband & wife team - dedicated to traditional folk music of the Quattro Province & The Apennines, teaching almost 30 years, formed Enerbia and are the backbone of the 'Apennines Music Festival' (almost 20 years). 

 

 

 
I can't resist a good mazurka!  🤗
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Not all of the music is boisterous - here's a few of my favorites from Enerbia's "La rosa e la viola" album! 

 

 

 

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...if you haven't tried learning music by ear, it's always a good time to start! 

- Emily

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"Il Ballo di Mantova" (Mantua Dance - see link for notation) - played by Melchiade Benni & Bruno Zanella, this is an old little tune that really became famous! 

The melody... gained a wide popularity in Renaissance Europe, being recorded variously as the Flemish "Ik zag Cecilia komen", the Polish "Pod Krakowem", the Romanian "Carul cu boi", the Scottish "My mistress is prettie", and the Ukrainian "Kateryna Kucheryava". It is best known as the melody of Bedřich Smetana's Vltava and of the Israeli national anthem "Hatikvah". (Wikipedia) 

 

Pizzica is an old dance, one in the family of 'tarantellas' - originally from Salento (Southern Italy). 

 

"Lu Rusciu te lu mare" is a folk song that originated in Gallipoli, Apulia [Southern Italy], many centuries ago, which tells the impossible love story between a noble lady and a soldier, in an age where no one could escape their roles. [read more about the folklore in link]

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Paul Huppert has lessons for a few Italian Folk tunes he arranged for violin. 

"O Sole Mio", "Ciribiribin", "Funiculi Funicula", "We Know A Pretty Girl", "Mirianina" 

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"Ciucciu" - performed by Alla Bua. 

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Came across trad fiddle music from I Suonatori della Valle del Savena (The Players of The Savena Valley).  They have several albums mostly from the Emilia Romagna area, where the Savena Valley is located - still kinda Northern Italy. 

One album is titled, Compagnia del Maggio (playlist) - which I believe is music for 'Maggio' performances - traditional opera-type May Day celebrations in Northern Italy. 

 

Here's a few of my favorites from this album:

I can't resist a mazurka!!! 

 

This waltz has a lot of traits I like! 

 

Oh, my - what fun trying the bowing of this! 

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