Calabrian dances I : for trombone, marimba & 'cello
by Raffæle Marcellino (1995)
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During the Middle Ages there existed a vibrant musical culture in
the southern-most region of the Italian Peninsula, Calabria.
There existed also an ancient nobility descended from Byzantine
nobility who ruled over a people who were a rich mixture of
Greek, Albanian, Moorish and pre-Roman Southern Italian ancestry.
Having been deforested by the Romans and Byzantines Calabria was
reduced to rocky, infertile hills and vales. As a result there
are limited instruments in Calabrese musical tradition. The
principal sound sources are the voice, the zampogna (a goat skin
bagpipe) and different sized resonant granite rocks called
sonupetru. These dances are transcriptions of some of the music
handed down traditionally in the town of San Giovanni di Gerace
by the legendary bard Giambattista Miciappá.
This work was originally scored for trombone instead of clarinet and premiered by Simone de Haan (trombone), Daryl Pratt (marimba/vibraphone) and Christian Wojtowicz ('cello) September 15, 1995 at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, Hobart. Calabrian Dances II was revised in 2000 and performed by Heather Monkhouse (clarinet), Tom O'Kelly (marimba) and Christian Wojtowicz ('cello).
Instrumentation: Trombone, marimba, cello.
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