Canti e suono della Sicilia Medievale

Abballati, abbalati!
Canti e suono della Sicilia Medievale
Al Qantarah - Fabio Tricomi
Fonè 99 F 07

Contents:

  1. Surat Mariam - 1 parte
  2. Trad. Salemi (TP), F. 744: Canto di Carnevale
    Trad. Messina: Tammuriddara (instrumental)
    Trad. Castellammare del Golfo (TP), F. 605: Assummata di lu corpu di la tunnara
    Trad. Persia: Navaii
  3. Anon., XII sec.: Congaudentes jubilemus
  4. Peire Cardinal / Giacomo da Lentini: Ben m'è venuto
  5. Trad. Catania: Assolo di marranzanu (instrumental)
  6. Trad. Palermo, F. 141: A la viddanisca
  7. Anon., XII sec.: Natali regis glorie
  8. Anon., XV sec.: Dolce lo mio drudo
  9. Trad. Trapani, F. 224: Vicariota (instrumental)
  10. Anon., XII sec.: Exultantes et letantes
    Trad., Maletto (CT): Ballettu (instrumental)
  11. Trad. Resuttano (CL): Sugnu vinutu di luntana via
  12. Anon., XII sec.: In hoc anni ciruclo
  13. Anon., XII sec.: Benedicamus Domino
  14. Trad. Montedoro (CL), F. 364: Montedoro
  15. Trad. Partanna (PA), F. 763: Richiami (instrumental)
  16. Anon., XII sec.: Resonet intonet
  17. Trad., Persia / Palermo, F. 740: Parandoush / Chiovu 'Abballati
  18. Anon., XII sec.: Eia fratres
  19. Surat mariam - 2 parte

Performers: Fabio Accurso ('ud, voice, daf), Roberto Bolelli (voice, scattagnetti), Farzaneh Joorabchi (voice, setar), Nico Staiti (tammureddu, riqq, daf), Donato Sansone (friscalettu, symphonia, daf, voice), Faisal Taher (voice), Fabio Tricomi (vielle, lyre, tar, 'ud, friscalettu, pipe & tabor, zarb, tammureddu, daf, marranzanu, voice)

Playing time: 75'

Recording date: December 1998, January 1999

This is music from medieval Sicily, a crossroads of the Mediterranean. The music is derived primarily from Troparium de Catania, a 12th century source preserved in Spain, and from folk music collected in Sicily earlier in the century. The former consists of Sicilian liturgical music from the era of Norman Conquest & Frederick II. Instruments are motivated by iconography in Palermo. Some Muslim tunes are also included, beginning & opening with a Koran chant.

The use of the troubadour melody in track #4 is to reflect the idea that Sicilian poetry of the period was set to music, although no such music survives.

Another recording by this ensemble:

Troparium de Catania
Feste e canti della Sicilia Normanna
Al Qantarah
Promo Music (Egea) PM CD 003 [CD]

And another recording devoted to Sicilian music:

La voce della passione
Passionsgesänge zwischen Mittelalter und sizilianischer folklore
Ensemble Donnafugata / Lamentatori di Montedoro - Noemi La Terra
Raum Klang 3301

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Todd M. McComb