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In Mezz'una Strada Trovai una Pianta di Rosa: Italian Folk Music Collected in New York and New Jersey, Vol. 1

Various Artists
In Mezz'una Strada Trovai una Pianta di Rosa: Italian Folk Music Collected in New York and New Jersey, Vol. 1

This Folkways recording, released in 1979, focuses on the Italian musical art form la musica popolare, or Italian folk music. As a genre, la musica popolare has been frequently overlooked due to the popularity of Italian opera. Producer Anna Chairetakis collected this music from Italian immigrants living in New York and New Jersey who still fondly remember their homeland traditions. The album also includes recordings from the 1976 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Chairetakis details her experiences making this recording in the liner notes, describing the background behind each song and the song’s connection to the Italian working class. This recording is part of a two-volume set.

Track Listing

101
Dove Te Vett, O Mariettina? - 4-Part Harmony Simone Fellin, Mario Dellao, Cornelio Facinelli, Luis Flaim, Umberto Flaim, and Guido Endrizzi 2:25
102
La Villanella n/a 3:13
103
Enté Stu Carlevá - Trallalero Pietro Martini, Roberto Crespi, Giuseppe Bruno, Domenico Embriaco, Roberto Rebaudo, Giovanni Martini, and Nicodemo Martini 2:08
104
Intu de Stendi i Drappi - Trallalero n/a 2:01
105
La Pastorale - Bagpipes Vincenzo De Luca 1:32
106
La Mietitura - Reapers' Chorus Giuseppe Crincoli, Vincenzo Milano, and Pasquale Guiducci 1:50
107
Stornello Vallatese con Tarantella Montemarinese Gerardo Paternostro 1:54
108
Voglio Salire Sopra una Canna - Serenade with Chitarra Battente Antonio and Maria Mastrolia 2:35
109
Serenata alla Cupa-Cupa - Ballad with Friction Drum Antonio Davida 1:52
110
Alla Zampognara - Love Songs with Bagpipes Antonio Davida and Vincenzo De Luca 2:44
201
Mattinata - Allegria, Vocal with Accordion Antonio Davida and Giuseppe De Franco 1:12
202
Sicily: Marranzanu - Jews Harp Filippo Pascià 1:01
203
Sicily: Canto dell'Aia - Thresher's Song Vincenzo Ancona 2:04
204
Sicily: Friscalettu - Tarantella - Flute, Percussion Giovanni Pellitteri 1:15
205
Sicily: Nun Fazzu Cchiù Lu Carritteri - Carrettiera Giovanni Pellitteri 1:19
206
Sicily: Quadriglia - Cane Flute Mariano Principato 1:28
207
Sicily: Ci Sunnu Tri Suruzzi - Carter's Serenade Antonino Curatolo 1:35
208
Sicily: Leva Leva - Shanty V. Ancona, N. Curatolo, Angelo Curatolo, Giuseppe Turriciano, F. Pascià, and Calogero Cascio 1:12
209
Sicily: V'alamó - Shanty Sabastiano Venza, N. Curatolo, V. Ancona, Gaetano D'Angelo, and C. Cascio 1:07
210
Sicily: Abbanniatina - Vendor's Cry Antonino Curatolo 0:49
211
Sicily: Mazurka - Mandolin, Violin, Guitar The Ridgewood-Cusenza Mandolin Group 2:00
212
Sicily: Amuri Amuri - Carrattiera Calogero Gioieni 4:08
213
Sicily: Mazurka - String Trio The Ridgewood-Cusenza Mandolin Group 2:42

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