It just came out for editions LIM ““L’arte di arrangiar(si)”. Transcriptions and adaptations of the Rai Musical Archive”, edited by Andrea Mavaldi. The volume, which is set up as a rigorous and innovative study of archive, brings to light a number of documents that help define more clearly the historical and cultural heritage of our country. A series of musical documents covering a period of about sixty years, and that Mavaldi “interrogated” in the Historical Archive of the Orchestra Rai, preserved in some rooms of the auditorium “A. Toscanini “of Turin. If the documents – consisting mainly of scores to arrangements of music not original – reflect primarily the development of musical practices produced in relation to radio RAI TV at the same time reflect “a piece of national history”, in which “reflects the cultural journey of an entire nation”. In this perspective the author has organized the book in reference to phenomena most decisive in the history of the twentieth century, including World War II and the reflection that the Nazi occupation and the fascist culture have had on the musical productions of the schedules of Rai. But there are references to the deeper elements that only an experienced analyst is able to identify and bring out (Mavaldi, as well as collaborate with several music magazines, including The Journal of Music, Amadeus, Music System, teaches music history at University of Turin). Such as the chapter on popular songs (in which converge the expressive forms oriented by fascism, the traditional music outside of Europe, as the “negro spirituals”, and some traditional expressions of our country), or the one dedicated to the “light” interpretation of classics, or the comparison of some of the most important figures of RAI, as Ennio Morricone and Bruno Maderna.
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