Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Italie: Musique Des Albanais De Calabre / Italy: Music of the Albanians of Calabria

Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Italie: Musique Des Albanais De Calabre / Italy: Music of the Albanians of Calabria

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Italie: Musique des Albanais de Calabre / Italy: Music of the Albanians of Calabria. 2011. Archives internationales de musique populaire 101. Disques VDE-GALLO VDE CD-1340. Recorded and annotated by Fabrice Contri with the collaboration of Anna Stratigò and Daniel Jouanisson. 32-page booklet with notes in French and English. Translation of song lyrics from Arbëresh to Italian by Anna Stratigò, and from Italian to French by Fabrice Contri. English translation of notes by Isabelle Schulte-Tenckhoff. 2 colour, 4 b/w photographs. 1 compact disc: 26 tracks (71:38). Recorded in the field in 2009 and 2010.

This CD is devoted to the music of some Arbëresh villages in Calabria in southern Italy, communities founded during the fifteenth century by Albanian refugees who arrived as a consequence of the invasion of the Ottomans. These villages continue to preserve many elements of their origins, including language and religion (the Italo-Greek Catholic Church) and some aspects of their traditional music, the latter constituting a crucial element of their identity. Their musical practices include a repertory of songs in two- and three-part polyphony that shares some similarities with polyphony from southern Albania. Arbëresh songs are usually performed during traditional rituals, such as weddings and holidays, and religious festivities.

The CD includes recordings made during four field trips between 2009 and 2010, of musicians from villages in the province of Cosenza: the musicians include singers of traditional songs and players of traditional instruments, the latter mainly borrowed from the local Italian tradition (especially the organetto and the bagpipes). …

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