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    Mille Grazie!!!-- for this latest find and musical gem you are sharing with us ! I can't stress enough the importance of downloading the new links and the various publishers dropboxes to one's personal devices--to share with ithers and keep thr tradition alive !
    Just 2 weekends ago, I was at an Italian party held in a restaurant here in downtown Philly where a group of musicians from the Abruzzi region were there playing the Zampogna, a guitar and 2 cane flutes ! I was shocked when they started playing the Camporeale -Schottische--(by ear no less and very well for not ever having the actual sheetmusic of this rare Sicilian/Scottish hybrid dance) of Maestro G. Tarantola published by O.Pagani in NYC in 1919.
    They did not have the music for it they told me-and only knew its name and were not sure of the composer. I immediately pulled out my cellphone and pulled up the entire O. Pagani dropbox collection and queued up the complete "Camporeale" Trio. I also directed them to the Audio file where a vintage recording of it also resides.---
    They were ecstatic and one musician swiftly headed down the icy street to Kinkos to print it out to bring back to Italy along with many other long lost pieces they had been searching for !
    They had no idea that it was actually composed and published here in the US !
    Its always a joy--when someone finally is able to obtain one of these rare and long lost pieces--that they have searching for years.
    In the case of Messina's Rondinella--it was hiding out in Italy all these years--and not in some cold dark basement in Manhattan as has been the case with so much of this beloved music.
    Glad to know that some of our pieces published here did make the passage to Italia at some point !
    Normanno Giorno-Calapristi --(Germantown) -Philadelphia PA.

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    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9zhxeekpy...Zb9lDzWUa?dl=0

    Just added a new polka "Marsicovetere Polka in Festa" composed by De Stefano in honor of his birthplace; it is arranged by his brother-in-law Basil Milano, and performed by Norman Giorno Calapristi (G) and Joe Grosso (M1). Transcription from Norman's grandfather Luigi Giorno which I inserted into a readable PDF. Have fun!
    New index is also in the above folder " Vintage Italian Audio recordings"

    The PDF is housed in the De Stefano folder. You should find that link in a previous post.

    I was unable to upload the manuscript. will try later. nice photo of the town attached.
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    The big music names in Italian immigrant music history! Joseph Gioč, Giuseppe Tarantola and Alessandra Sisca! I just uploaded the sheet music, dedicated to and named for "Cordiferro." It's a polka-schottische featuring the Scottish snap. The link below takes you to Tarantola (with the Sei Mafiusi) offering his magnificent interpretation through his unmistakable full-throated clarinet.

    "Cordiferro" is housed in the MISCELLANEOUS folder as it was published by Catalano.

    Cordiferro was Alessandro Sisca's pseudonym. He and his brother ran a radical newspaper "Folia" and Sisca was a Neapolitan poet whose lyrics graced the sheet music that Enrico Caruso made famous in America. "Cor 'ngrato" stands at the apex of Neapolitan music shaped by the poetry of Italian immigrants such as Sisca.

    Gioč sent the sheet music to Luigi Giorno's home in Germantown, Philadelphia. Giorno played not only mandolin but clarinet and saxophone in the dance ensembles he conducted. Often, the composers inscribed their sheet music with an affectionate greeting. The first mandolin part is all that survived--more than 100 years later.


    https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/index.p...743-Cordiferro
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandophile View Post
    "Cor 'ngrato" stands at the apex of Neapolitan music shaped by the poetry of Italian immigrants such as Sisca....
    From Wiki.it

    Un posto a parte merita la celeberrima Core 'ngrato, musicata da Salvatore Cardillo e pietra miliare della canzone napoletana. Questa potente lirica, struggente ed emozionante, č stata interpretata da moltissimi tenori di successo quali Enrico Caruso, Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo e José Carreras.

    That's what I know. Add: fisarmonica players everywhere.

    Saddest song ever. Through melody and lyrics. By a considerable margin.

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qp5j02f_AIk

    "Cor 'ngrato" the most heart-wrenching passionate Neapolitan canzone. Yours truly and my tenor Michael Van Why

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    Italian Vintage Audio folder has added a new video of a Palermo band marching during the Santa Rosalia festival (mid-July). She is invoked during times of plague and pestilence. Let's hope she performs her responsibilities during this acute period.
    The LINK is at the end of this post.

    Here's a synopsis of the how the video came about--direct from Norman Giorno Calapristi:

    Sheri--Here is a short clip of a band in Palermo ( in the old Kalsa district)-- playing part--of a beautiful typical melodious Canoro March--- "Italia Mia"---that he composed for processional band back in the early 40s--nobody here wanted to publish it by that time with that title for fear of being accused of Fascist "pro-Italy"-- leanings.....not even Di Bella or Pagani---and he tried!

    So--he gave it out in manuscript form to bandleaders here and there in NY and Philly and I'm so glad he did. I have bits and pieces of it (only about 5 or 6 tattered instruments parts are left)--

    When I went to Palermo in 1991.I gave it to my cousin Gilda who played in this band then, who then who gave it to the bandleader who created the missing instruments parts from the Conductors Bflat Cornet part only.----I think they did a good job on this final part--"The Trio finale"--which they all vocalize for a few bars before picking up the melody again with the instruments to the end of the march.

    Someone in NY wrote some very "pro Italy pro Savoia"- lyrics to this part which they still do not dare---- sing out loud anymore--but the people "in the know "---still know why they sing this section before playing it again. My young cousin Orlando (the young man playing the snare drum wearing the dark sunglasses behind the French horn player)-you can see towards the back of the band. His mother Gilda took the video of the band and her son, this last July at the feast of Santa Rosalia held in Palermo each July. Even crazy Palermo is a ghost town now----......they are all going crazy there--they are not indoor people ! She sent me a copy of this yesterday---at this sad time for Italy to make me recall a happier time there.

    Santa Rosalia statue is in the front of the procession-- Ironically, she is invoked for protection against plagues and in times of epidemics in Sicily. This band and the people in this old neighborhood of Palermo are still very pro Savoia and monarchist. You can still see the Savoia shield and gold crowns in the hats of each one of these musicians that they wear proudly.

    It will be a very long time before they again see processions and marching bands like these going thru the ancient streets of Italy again....if ever--they better treasure these memories......for now. Norman G-C



    Band performing from Luigi Canoro's "Italia Mia" march. NEW INDEX of vintage recordings is in the folder. Anyone can download this folder of recordings.

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9zhxeekpy...Zb9lDzWUa?dl=0

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    The video is identified as "Festa di Santa Rosalia -- Palermo Processione" MP4 video

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    Warm greetings
    I'm pleased to announce some additions to the Dropbox. Alessandro Morelli's "Speranze Perdute" is arguably one of the most beloved waltzes in the ballo liscio dance tradition and it has been a popular encore on the concert stage. Complete mandolin trios have been added to each of these publishers' folders: P. Tesio; M.V. Cardilli; O. Di Bella; O. Pagani and A. Paolilli. (In addition, Canoro's "La Bellissima" (only M1) uploaded to Paolilli folder.
    As long as you've saved the designated links to each folder in your browser, you should have no difficulty finding and downloading the new title. Each publisher presents various arrangements although some have been cribbed from early versions. I won't go into any detailed analysis here but my latest historical study will be announced soon. It covers the earliest (c. 1898) European publications of Morelli's waltz, covering more than 13 different versions & concluding in 1960 with two accordion arrangements. Once the paper is posted, you'll have access to all the sheet music in an appendix that follows the body of the paper. Stay tuned! Lots of fun coming your way! Thank you and Stay Safe, Sheri
    p.s. Index updated as attached.
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    Added 4 audio files to the Italian Vintage Audio recordings folder.

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9zhxeekpy...Zb9lDzWUa?dl=0

    Index is updated. What you'll find: really old metal disc recordings taken from the 1930s, radio broadcast performances, recordings made at Italian funerals, classic recordings of the ballo liscio dances and some Giovanni Vicari recordings as well. Two of the titles were composed by the "Mozart of Chess" Frank C.A. Milano (De Stefano catalog). A life cut short but he maximized his potential. (See my Heroes book for details--he is in the De Stefano chapter). Hope you enjoy these recordings. Feel free to download everything!

    new titles (3 from the De Stefano archives) added to the Index:
    Alba di Vittoria (Cardilli catalog)
    Philadelphia Forever
    L'Eco Dell' Oriente
    Il Canto Dell'Allodola
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    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/tok6c2x0i...cPHH7Qj7a?dl=0

    Please visit my new Dropbox folder: Alessandro Morelli: A Monograph of his famous waltz "Speranze Perdute".

    The PDF (95 pages) is divided into two parts: the biography of Signore Morelli, and the second part is a collection of various editions of his waltz spanning about 100 years. There are 17 different versions, most are mandolin trios, or lead sheet for mandolin or accordion. You'll find Tesio, Grauso, Di Bella, Pagani, and Paolilli versions PLUS the French and Italian sheet music that served as models for the various arrangements. There is an analysis section that lets you explore this waltz as it was published.

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