It is scheduled for 28 April the new edition of Cantamaggio of Terni, the historical event that takes place in the Umbrian town since the beginning of the twentieth century. The profile of the event today is the result of an evolution that led to the Cantamaggio to adapt to the needs of the city and, most importantly, citizens and musicians. In fact, as you can read through the documentation especially in relation to the latest editions, the Cantamaggio of Terni is a form of urban interpretation of a ritual traditionally peasant and that, consequently, was (and still is today in some areas of Umbria) played each year in the countryside. In Terni – city with a strong industrial vocation – the Cantamaggio expresses, however, many issues related to the urban context and, in these terms, is an important exception in the world of expressive traditions of oral tradition.
Apart from the content, it is interesting to note that the urban contextualization has given shape to a sort of parade, in which the chariots of May (representing various topics, a little as in Carnival parades) have become probably the main attractions of the event, to attended by thousands of people every year. Just to bring to the fore the music (which in Terni are specially composed for the Cantamaggio), for some years the event has been expanded and includes a musical program which is carried out through various initiatives. This year, for example, will take place on April 28 the Giuseppe Capiato Prize, a competition of unreleased songs “that brings together singers maggiaioli groups (teams that take part in the parade with their own float) and all those who wish to participate with a new song using any training”. The novelty of this new edition is the fact that it is mandatory to play live, “in the most diverse musical genres” and drawing, “for those who had need, the orchestra made available by the Cantamaggio”. It is also planned for April 29 the Ricantamaggio, a “show – contest open to teams of all genres playing live, no backing tracks, reworkings of historical authors of Cantamaggio”. Finally, on May 7 to be held in partnership with the Arcum (Regional Association of UmbrianChoirs)”, a show dedicated to choral towns and territory who perform the traditional repertoire with songs and/or unpublished compositions, or rework on the topics of Cantamaggio songs”.
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