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Italian Folk Music, Vol.1: Piedmont, Emelia, Lombardy

Various Artists
Italian Folk Music, Vol.1: Piedmont, Emelia, Lombardy

Folklorist Alan Lomax, who collected many of the selections on the album, provides a historical introduction to the northern Italian regions represented here by their rural singers and bands—and even cattle (the first track features “a whole orchestra of bells” sounding around the necks of cows as villagers move the animals to mountain pastures for the summer). Love songs, lullabies, tarantellas and waltzes, patriotic songs, ballads, yodeling, and drinking songs capture life marked by community and tradition.

Liner notes include some translations of lyrics, informative context for each track, and a bibliography (in Italian).

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Track Listing

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Piedmont: The bells of Alpine cattle Bells hanging from cattle 02:51
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Piedmont: Montagnes Valdotaines Small artisan chorus 02:06
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Piedmont: Paparone (Tarantella) Piedmontese musicians, singers 01:10
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Piedmont: Nen Marìa nostra frighietta Three older female singers 02:00
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105
Piedmont: Ninì, mon pupôn (lullaby) Maria Glany 00:31
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106
Piedmont: A la santé de Noé Worker-artisan mixed chorus 01:12
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107
Piedmont: La blanchisseuse Worker-artisan mixed chorus 02:21
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108
Piedmont: Jodoler (Yodeling Song) Alpine musicians, female yodelers 01:54
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109
Piedmont: Che Bel Felice Incontro Seven Piedmontese female singers 02:06
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110
Piedmont: Quei Cacciatori Seven Piedmontese female singers 02:02
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111
Piedmont: La Ricciola (Waltz) Tonco village artesan band 01:25
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112
Piedmont: Eviva il Monfrâ! Monferrato musicians 01:21
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201
Piedmont: Monferrina (Folk Dance) Tonco village artesan band 01:26
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202
Piedmont: Maria Giuanna (Drinking Song) Piedmontese musicians, singers 02:23
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203
Emilia: Io parto per l'America Emilian mixed chorus 01:41
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204
Emilia: Voga, voga Lombardy mixed chorus 02:25
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205
Lombardy: A March Lombardy panpipe band 02:34
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Lombardy: Ouverture from Rigoletto Lombardy panpipe band 02:50
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207
Lombardy: O Pinota (Ballad) Female rice harvesters: Delfia, Marva, Aida, Letisia, Rita, Silvana 03:04
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208
Lombardy: Ninna Nanna (Lullaby) Celeste Cappelli 02:30
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Lombardy: L'é 'rivato un bastimento Giua Bonetti, female singers 02:16
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Emilia: Trescone (Folkdance) Riolunato artisan violinist, guitarist, dance caller 01:41