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Sicily: Music for the Holy Week CD

Sicily: Music for the Holy Week CD

  • $1529

During Holy Week, proceeding Easter, many Sicilian villages celebrate with costumed processions through the streets. Often accompanied by music on themes of the Passion, these popular parade ceremonies have roots in agrarian pre-Christian rites. The songs are mostly sung in distorted Latin, though some are in Italian, and feature a polyphonic structure and choral style with soloing. Some of the songs included on this album are derivations of ancient liturgical hymns, while others are lighter, more modern compositions. These songs were recorded under the supervision of Elsa Guggino and Girolamo Garofalo in the late 1980s and early ‘90s. The liner notes are in English, French, and Italian.

This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. More than 125 albums are being released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make the series publicly available, including a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Track listing:

1. Invocations of the "nudi" and of the faithful - 1:43
2. Miserere - 3:33
3. Birbanti di Giuda chi facisti - 3:14
4. Ecce lignum crucis - 4:35
5. Arzu l'uocci e talìu supra nu munti - 4:51
6. Gesuzzu ca nti l'uortu fu pigliatu - 1:48
7. Stabat Mater - 5:04
8. Una lacrima sulla tomba di mia madre - 7:11
9. Populu me - 3:35
10. Quanti martiri ha potuto passare - 3:08
11. Gloria - 3:15
12. La quarta spada (The 4th sorrow) - 2:34
13. La quinta spada (The 5th sorrow) - 1:17
14. La sesta spada (The 6th sorrow) - 1:54
15. Gloria - 1:15

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