The Folk-Songs of Italy

The Folk-Songs of Italy

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ... persecutors swarming in upon them like Bishop Hatto's rats. They seem to have been of a pacific turn; for turning a buori viso on their malfortuna, according to the Italian proverb, they ordered the innkeeper to invite the intruders to the wedding feast, and to supply all who arrived with whatever they asked for. This conciliatory conduct had the desired effect. Never had such an entertainment before been known, and so greatly did the malcontents enjoy the unexpected free commons, that it was unanimously decided to celebrate the memorable occasion by returning every Monday of September (the feast had taken place on the first Monday of September) in every future year to spend a joyful festa in drinking, singing, and dancing--a custom which has not altogether died out. Venetians were wont to commemorate every event by song; Goldoni said of them, "Cantano nelle piazze, cantano nelle strade, cantano sopra i canali; cantano i mercatanti spacciando le loro mercanzie; cantano gli operai abbandonando il lavoro; canta il gondoliere aspettando il padrone. H carattere nella nazione e 1' allegria e quello del Veneziano e la lepidezza." Hence a special Vilota was of course They sing everywhere, in the streets, the piazzas, the canals; the pedlar sings as he spreads out his wares to view; the workmen sing as they break off work; the gondolier sings as he stands expecting a fare. The character of the whole nation is gladsomeness, but the special characteristic of the Venetian is humour. made to celebrate the marriage of the Zota, and here it is: --Zaneta cara, vestite da festa Che vogio che in fragia andemo a Li'o. Pontiti negro e galaneto in testa Che vogio che disemo--"e nota, e ni'o "; E che rebata el cimbano, "ni'o e...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236872746
  • 9781236872746