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Ël giardin dl’amor (FolkClub Ethnosuoni)

The Italian folk-string quartet returns with their 2006 recording. Already appreciated for their interpretation of music that spans classical and folk traditions, the ensemble dedicates this latest disc to some Piedmontese composers of the XIX and XX Centuries.


Other recordings by Quartetto Tamborini

Information about the pieces, from the record label:
Marcia campestre per dopo la Messa
A monferrina originally written for the organ by Giovanni Quirici, a composer from Pavia who lived in the XIX century and worked a lot in Piedmont, particularly in Turin. The theme was “censored” by the Cecilian Reformation of Pope Pio X, which aimed at excluding from the regular rites of the Church those compositions that were thought to be too contamined by theatre and dance. The song is contained in a manuscript that is part of Bruno Raiteri's collection.

Ël giardin dl'amor – Piöva e sul
A traditional song taken from the volume by Alfredo Nicola “Veje canson popolar piemonteise” (“Old Piedmontese Popular Songs”), published in Turin in 1967 by “j Brandé”. Every vocal song of the album is accompanied by an original musical theme composed by Bruno Raiteri.

Quattro contraddanze
The fame of Michele Novaro (Genoa, 1822-1885) is linked to his composition Il Canto degli Italiani (The Song of Italians), which later became the Italian national anthem. Besides this famous piece, he published several songs for pianoforte, including this medley of Piedmontese country-dances. The original score accords them the following names: “Cosa fastu li Catlina”, “Viva la filiberta” and “Varda li ch'it cicchi”, “Un bel giorn i'son incontrame”, “Noi partiamo bersaglieri”, with the addition of an overwhelming “Finale”.

Amor al convent – Aria d'la monigheta
Another traditional song taken from Alfredo Nicola's collection “Veje canson popolar piemonteise”.

A tango composed by Pier Luigi Menighetti, born at the beginning of the XX century in Pontestura (Alessandria), where he owned a publishing house particularly devoted to the publication of melodies for bands. This tango as well was written originally for that kind of ensemble: we transcribed it and gave it a new form.

Zero via Zero
A mazurka by Ermenegildo Carosio (born in Alessandria in 1866 and died in Turin in 1928), conductor, composer of musical plays and dances, author of more than 200 published songs. This theme is part of a collection entitled “L'Orfeonica”, edited at the beginning of the XX century.

La promessa – Ugin
A young girl asks a boy to remind her beloved of the token he had given her, a silver ring, the promise to take her to the altar “when the time will come” (from Alfredo Nicola's “Veje canson popolar piemonteise”).

An original song for string quartet by guitar-player and teacher Luigi Picchianti (Firenze, 1786-1864). This song was never published before and the original manuscript, dated December 1895, upon which we have founded our version, is preserved in the Musical Lyceum in Novara.

J'è passà la crava – Cua cürta
A typical cumulative nursery rhyme of the Piedmontese tradition, taken as well from Alfredo Nicola's collection “Veje canson popolar piemonteise”.

Hora Mystica
An original song for the strings, published at the end of the XIX century and written by the Torinese author Leone Sinigaglia (1868-1944). A friend of Brahms, Mahler and Dvoràk, he was strongly interested in popular music, collecting around 500 Piedmontese melodies and carrying out their transcription and arrangement.

A “Gran Valzer” in the Viennese style by the prolific Piedmontese author Giuseppe Capitani, born in 1843 in Livorno Ferraris (Vercelli) and died in Turin in 1890.

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