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Maggio Children choir – Popular songs project

Florence 10 January 2021 – The Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and its Academy, an international center of higher education, present a project dedicated to Italian folk songs. The main objective is to make Italian popular song known and disseminated, especially among the new generations, thus handing down and enhancing the rich musical heritage of our regions.

The project promoted by the superintendent Alexander Pereira, consists in the dissemination of video recordings of popular pieces interpreted by the Choir of the White Voices of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and proposed according to a specific didactic method of presentation, analysis of the text both from the point of view of form and content, performance in sections sung in groups in order to facilitate the memorization of words and music and finally of the song performed entirely by the white voices of the Maggio so that it can be sung in harmony also (and above all) by the children to whom the project.

The songs proposed are easily assimilated and immediately put everyone in a position to repeat the rhythmic and melodic trend by imitation; moreover, one of the main characteristics of popular song is precisely the simplicity of the iterative form, easily recognizable, memorable, imitable and repeatable by all. Popular songs are also rich in contents and didactic-pedagogical purposes: by means of popular song the dialect can be kept alive, local customs and habits are recalled, and one can take inspiration for a social and historical-geographical reconstruction which the song itself was generated.

Through its White Voices, the Accademia del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino with the direction of Maestro Lorenzo Fratini – director of the project and of the Maggio and the Choir of White Voices – and the Maestro preparatore Sara Matteucci, therefore presents a collection of examples significant of some popular songs, a journey through the Italian regions through his seasonal songs, rituals, narratives, lullabies; songs that tell stories, traditions, jobs, wars, loves and customs of our people. All deliberately without the aid of musical scores, handing down the songs orally as popular tradition dictates.

The videos made will be disseminated through social platforms of the Maggio and the Academy and websites dedicated to teaching, as well as at schools and training institutes, as the richness and multiplicity of contents of which popular song is a vehicle, also allows to spread values ​​and educating to tolerance and love for the community.

The approach of the new generations to choral music, including that of popular extraction, can only favor the germination of future performers and users of art and culture. Therefore, thanks to music, the passion in the learning process and the emotion transmitted by those who perform it to those who listen to it, the project can become a real shared heritage, also aimed at choirs as a preparatory tool for choral singing. An absolutely unique project both for the children involved and for all those who will have the pleasure of following and sharing this precious cultural journey.

Program of Italian folk songs presented during the project:

ABRUZZO: Vola vola vola
CALABRIA: Calabrisella mia
CAMPANIA: Santa Lucia
FRIULI: Ai preât le biele stele
LAZIO: A ‘ttocchi, a ‘ttocchiBallanzè
LOMBARDIA: Era nato senza tettoIl Cucù (già registrato)
PIEMONTE: La cicala e le zanzareVieni sulla barchetta (già registrato)
SARDEGNA: A Diosa, Non potho reposare
SICILIA: Vitti ’na crozzaCiuri Ciuri
TOSCANA: Babbo non vuole (già registrato) – Quando nasceste voiUccellino che canti nel bosco
TRENTINO: Verrà quel dì di Lune
VENETO: El merlo ga perso ‘l becoQuand’ero piccina piccina