1) Suite: Matuzine/Vilota/Saltin 2)
Ballo dal curioso accidente/La pollacina 3) Bal frances/Moleta 4)
Spagnoletto/Bergamasco 5) Mazurca di Zavattarello/Valzer del mandriano
6) Pairis/La primavera 7) Resiane: Ta ucjarska/Ta mydwedava 8) Va per
tera/Giga 9) Scot́s 10) Sunade di Nearies/Polca dell'Acquacalda 11)
Calisson/Contradanza Total time: 45:22
Bernardo Falconi: violin
Giuliano Grasso: violin, viola
Giulio Venier: violin, bassoctave violin
Maurizio Viola: guitars
Roberto Cistellini: three-stringed small bass,
A set of tunes
sampling the repertory of fiddle groups from both western and eastern
Alps: two Matuzine from Val Vigezzo (No) start off this selection, next
come two dances collected among the Italian communities in Istria (YU).
Ballo dal curioso accidente/La Pollacina
In 1819, the region
of Trento was a province of the Austrian Empire; both these fine
melodies were collected with the help of the Austrian Goverment during
a research into the imperial musical inheritance.
A couple of dances
from the beautiful carnival of Bagolino and Ponte Caffaro (Bs), two
little villages in the Lombard Alps where local fiddle bands have
preserved since hundreds of years a very interesting repertory of
These fiddle tunes
have been widely spread in Italy since the Reinassance; orally
transmitted, they are still played nowadays in the Emilian Apennine
area retaining the primitive name and melody.
Mazurca di Zavattarello/Valzer del
Two dances in the old
mountain fiddle style of "ballo liscio", introduced in Italy from the
beginning of the 19th century. They both come from the region of
Lombardy: the first is from the Apennines, the second is from the
The Pairis is a
couple dance from the Belluno province; we found the Primavera in a
book published in 1915 containing short notices about some 19th century
fiddlers living in the Emilian Apennine.
Resiane: Ta Ucjarska/Ta mydvedawa
The Resian community,
living in the north-east of Friuli, retains an ancient musical
tradition based on the ossessive sound of archaic fiddle and cello. We
learned both these tunes from the playing of the late "Giuankala": the
first is named after the village of Uccea, the second is "the bear
Va per tera/Giga
Va per tera has been
collected at the end of the last century in the mountains south of
Bologna; we learned the Giga from the playng of Mr. Melchiade Benni, an
88 years old fiddler still active in the same area, to whom we owe a
great amount of our repertory.
Scottish comes from the fiddle group of Ponte Caffaro, whose repertory
also includes some fine dances not expecially played at carnival.
Sunade di Nearies/Polca
Two exciting polkas
switching keys several time. The first is from Carnia (Friuli); we
learned the second one once again from the playng of Melchiade Benni
who heard it first from a local fiddle band of the twenties.
We got both these
melodies from an unpublished manuscript, written in Fossano (Piedmont)
in the early XIXth century, containing over 200 dances arranged for two
the scores are printed in: B. Falconi/G. Grasso/G.
Venier, How to play