Italian Treasury: The Trallaleri of Genoa ()


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On October 15, 1954, Alan Lomax recorded various male choruses performing in the trallalero style in Genoa, Italy, as part of his year-long travels in Italy to record and document various folk musics. The trallalero is a five-part, a cappella polyphonic form, sung by five males taking falsetto, tenor, chitarra ("guitar"), baritone, and bass parts; it derives from the frequent use of "tra-la-la" syllables in the trallalero repertoire. For a time in the early 20th century, trallalero was so popular that there were "squadre di ...

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  1. La Partenza (The Parting)
  2. The Trallalero Parts
  3. Ma Che Figura (What a Sight We Shall Be)
  4. U Ruscignö (The Nightingale)
  5. Partirņ, Farņ Partenza (I Shall Leave)
  6. Dammi la Man, Biondina (Give Me Your Hand, Little Blond)
  7. Trallalero
  8. A Muč Dau Barcun (The Mother at the Window)
  9. Se Vuoi Che M'Innamori (If You Want Me to Fall in Love)
  10. Il Cacciatore (The Hunter)
  11. Cinque Minuti Di Piacer (Five Minutes of Pleasure)
  12. Quarto A-O Mā (Quarto by the Sea)
  13. Zena Perla du Mā (Genoa, Pearl of the Sea)
  14. In the Mood
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