It just came out for edititor Morlacchi the new edition of ” La sposa lamentava e l’Amatrice. Traditional poetry and music of high-Sabine ” by Piero G. Arcangeli, Giancarlo Palombini and Mauro Pianesi. Published for the first time in the early millennium, the book contains the results of a survey on the repertoires of a cultural area which embraces some territories Umbria, Marche and Lazio. In particular, the three authors examine the sound and expressive scenario, in which converge the musical repertoires for “ciaramelle” – a unique aerofono in organological national scenario – and the poetic tradition in eighth rhyme. As regards the latter, it is a form of expression of great interest not only for anthropological studies. Especially because improvised poetry in eighth rhyme – traditionally recited at poetry competitions that still are organized mostly in amatriciana area – refers to the literary tradition of the poems of chivalry. A tradition that poets- pastors of the area have built so much that has acquired the ability to improvise, according to the metric of endecasillabo and respecting a system of alternating and kissed rhymes (according to the scheme ABABABCC), on subjects as diverse. This is why scholars (including Palombini is one of the experts) have documented many opportunities for improvisation and, at the same time, they often attended the meetings, coordinating the alternation of the poets on the issues, often complex, the our contemporary, as well as the history of our country or of interest to particular events related to personalities or significant events. As for the bagpipes – the other main element of the survey merged in volume – we can first of all say that it is a bagpipe without drone, which produces a sound that is interrupted despite, in terms organological, has all the characteristics of aerophones with room d ‘ Air typical in many Italian areas. Probably due to the modal system (that of bagpipes is tonal) the instrument has never been used to run the now-classic repertoires for bagpipes (first of all the Christmas songs), and is still performing the traditional of the area. That can be traced to a few forms: the pawl, the accompaniment of the singing and the “Sonatas” for the bride. Unlike the original version, this second edition has been accompanied by an audio CD (which have been selected thirty-two tracks), a photographic work more thoroughly and a foreword by ethnomusicologist Maurizio Agamennone.
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