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Sicily: Music for the Holy Week

Various Artists
Sicily: Music for the Holy Week

During Holy Week, proceeding Easter, many Sicilian villages celebrate with costumed processions through the streets. Often accompanied by music on themes of the Passion, these popular parade ceremonies have roots in agrarian pre-Christian rites. The songs are mostly sung in distorted Latin, though some are in Italian, and feature a polyphonic structure and choral style with soloing. Some of the songs included on this album are derivations of ancient liturgical hymns, while others are lighter, more modern compositions. These songs were recorded under the supervision of Elsa Guggino and Girolamo Garofalo in the late 1980s and early ‘90s. The liner notes are in English, French, and Italian.

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This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. More than 125 albums are being released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make the series publicly available, including a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Track Listing

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Invocations of the "nudi" and of the faithful n/a 1:43
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102
Miserere A. Castro, S. Chirdo, F. Falcone, M. Salatino 3:33
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103
Birbanti di Giuda chi facisti G. Alongi, C. Barbaro, P. Casà, F. Pirrone, other male voices 3:14
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Ecce lignum crucis G. Alongi, C. Barbaro, P. Casà, F. Pirrone, other male voices 4:35
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105
Arzu l'uocci e talìu supra nu munti G. Burgaretta, S. Burgaretta, F. Cavaliere, G. Collo, G. Fontana, O. Nardone, S. Scala, C. Signorello 4:51
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106
Gesuzzu ca nti l'uortu fu pigliatu I. Baronc, P. Giordano, G. Tasca, other male voices 1:48
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107
Stabat Mater G. Arganello, G. Castello, A. Cicero, G. Greco, V. Lo Manio, G. N. Ognibene 5:04
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108
Una lacrima sulla tomba di mia madre G. Verdie band, F. Frangipane 7:11
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109
Populu me S. Licciardi, V. Licciardi, N. Palmieri, S. Zavattieri, other mixed voices 3:35
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110
Quanti martiri ha potuto passare A. Licciardi and other mixed voices 3:08
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Gloria C. Genco, G. Genco, M. Lombardo, P. Mendola, G. Milazzo, G. Pace, A. Randazzo, C. Randazzo, R. Randazzo 3:15
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112
La quarta spada (The 4th sorrow) Don S. Curatolo, R. Failla, G. Minardi, R. Sciacca, G. Catanzaro 2:34
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113
La quinta spada (The 5th sorrow) Don S. Curatolo, R. Failla, G. Minardi, R. Sciacca, G. Catanzaro 1:17
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114
La sesta spada (The 6th sorrow) Don S. Curatolo, R. Failla, G. Minardi, R. Sciacca, G. Catanzaro 1:54
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Gloria M. Tuzo, V. Spina 1:15

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