Italian Folk Songs and Dances

Italian Folk Songs and Dances

Various Artists FW06915 / FW 6915

The southern Italian folk songs on this album probably sound fairly similar to those of the 13th century, when troubadours entertained the King of Naples and Sicily. The songs and instrumental numbers include love songs, dances, a lullaby, and one intended to drive away evil spirits. Liner notes feature photographs of traditional scenes and descriptions of each tune as well as lyrics, as sung and translated into English.

Year Released 1955
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1955 Folkways Records
Genre(s) World
Country(s) Italy
Instrument(s) Accordion; Bass guitar; Bass violin; Guitar; Mandolin; Tambourine (Drum); Violin
Subject(s) World music

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101 Sicilia Bedda (Beautiful Sicily) n/a 2:30
102 Napule Bella (Beautiful Naples) n/a 2:01
103 Carettiera - Wagon Driver's Song n/a 2:54
104 Cummari Aviti Vistu un Iaduzzu? ("Auntie, Did You See a Little Rooster?") n/a 1:37
105 Mattinata Cagliaritana ("Morning Hours in Cagliare") n/a 2:20
106 Picoroso di Tosca - Albanese Waltz n/a 1:44
201 Cicerenella - Neapolitan Love Song n/a 1:09
202 Ninna Ninna - Lullaby n/a 3:46
203 Gioco dello Scarrafone (The Black Beetle Game) n/a 1:14
204 Trallallera - Sardinian Folk Song n/a 3:04
205 Serenata alla Bella Dormente (Serenade to a Beautiful Sleeping Woman) n/a 1:39
206 Stornello Baresi ("Stornello" from Bari) n/a 1:25
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