Italian folk-music -- Pifferai -- Waits -- Farewell to Christmas.
ITALIAN folk-music seems to have been lamentably neglected. The Trovatori and Giocolini, who sprang from the thirteenth-century Provenqal movement in Italy, had their volgar poesia ballata and intuonate or love-songs with dance-airs, maggiolate (or May-day songs), which should have survived the fifteenth century, when these orders ceased. Dante's own ballate were everywhere known and sung, if we are to believe Sacchetti. While the Trovalori themselves were the counterpart of the Trovères or Troubadours, the cantori a liuto and cantori a libro corresponded with the Provençal minstrels. Late canti popolari abound, nor are they without marked characteristics of the sunny land which inspired them. For the best Italian Christmas pieces one must, of course, look to the Church composers. Things sacred and secular almost touch, in some of the compositions. Miss R. H. Busk,1 for example, quotes the following Lauda which comes from the sixteenth
An Italian Lauda