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Roberto Leydi wrote. Squilibri dedicated a blog to the great scholar

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LeydiThe publisher’s site Squilibri opened a blog where, among other topics affecting the world of popular music, are published periodically reflections that the ethnomusicologist Roberto Leydi published in the course of his life, in various newspapers and magazines. The initiative is very interesting and deserves to be shared, not only because it pays homage (in order, among other things, not discounted) to a leading scholar of the expressive cultures of the oral tradition of our country, but because – through a coherent collection testimonies of the same Leydi – rebuild his thought in relation to the many and different themes that have attracted his interest. Up to now, four articles were published, the scholar (born in Ivrea and died in 2003) wrote over a period of about fifteen years. The first was published on 11 January 1968, The Fair and Literary 2 is titled “It’s time to study our traditions live recorded material”. The theme that touches Leydi is still present, insofar as it poses the problem of the use of scientific documents collected in the field and, more importantly, their “cultural movement”. As you can, in fact, read the article: “The stadium will inevitably raise the ‘now’ the ‘possible’ before new developments socio-economic and cultural finally disperse the surviving traditional heritage (linked to the peasant world, pastoral, archaic and paleo-industrial) is now outdated. It came that time to proceed to the recognition and study of this material and its dissemination to the heart of the cultural debate and renewed scientific attention”. The second contribution is dated 15 June 1979 and is titled “The successes and failures of the Italian folk, after the fury of the tarantella”. Here Leydi articulates a critical reflection on the folk revival and the need to analyze it in detail, in order to identify possible elements of distinction between the various currents and, above all, to organize a collection of “traditional” data that underlie it. In “From the fortunes of the past to the phenomena of this”, published in the Laboratory of music in the 13 June 1980, Leydi explains the various musical and cultural phenomena that intersect in different modes and forms, with the ethno-musical heritage of our country, looking, at the same time, in terms of outlining the historical phenomenon of popular music in Italy. In this sense, “unlike other countries, the level of information, general and specific, and ethnic folk music is, for us, quite low. The offering risks, not least of initiatives so generous as incorrect, the consequence of which could also be a lot of confusion and, therefore, a short-term rejection of this music, contextualized in the system mode. Elsewhere, with the support of more accurate information, you have come already forming audiences, able to act in the face of popular music and ethnic diversity with selective and critical capacity, capable, that is, to discern the good from the bad, the true from the false, just as it does for music called “classical”, for example, by the activities of which the margin of mystification is very low (but not non-existent, agree)”. The last contribution, published in La stampa-All Books on May 23, 1981, is titled “Inventing a leak past the Celts of the Po Valley”. Here Leydi, not to mention a sharp irony, leaves us with an interesting account: “In many years of work on the folk music of the North I have to confess that he had never found signs of it in relation to what remains of Celtic music. But now that a magazine which is titled Ethnic groups (and collects all the ‘cry of pain’ of minorities true and invented) announces an essay musicology, with the disc, the Celtic music of the Po Valley are anxious. That really all we have to think again? That really the Celts are still among us, and we do not have them recognized?”

Autore: Daniele Cestellini

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