Quadriglia Barese

  1. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    This is an Italian folk dance tune from Bari, the capital of Apulia. This particular arrangement is by Luigi Canoro (or "Canora"), most famous for writing the mazurka "Tra Veglio E Sonno", and was published in 1925 by Di Bella Music in New York along with a companion piece (Tarantella Potenzese), which I have also recorded today and am posting separately. The parts for both tunes are in Sheri Mignano's Dropbox folders, under "Di Bella". I have extracted them and uploaded them here:


    The tune was also recorded on an old 78 in 1929 by the Orchestra Ferraro, which is online at archive.org. They credit the tune to "G. Oreste" whereas Canoro says it was written by "Spilitros" -- I suspect neither did and it is actually traditional.

    I have arranged the tune as a mandolin quartet, using Canoro's two mandolin parts, a tenor guitar rhythm and a mandocello bass line extracted from Canoro's guitar part.

    1898 Giuseppe Vinaccia mandolin (x2)
    Vintage Viaten tenor guitar
    Suzuki MC-815 mandocello


  2. Gelsenbury
    Let's make sure you get at least one reply to this enjoyable posting. I liked the sprightly melody, which you brought out very nicely. It goes surprisingly well with a late-night glass of sherry, although that's a different country. As a well-known German footballer famously said: "Milan or Madrid - it doesn't matter, as long as it's Italy."
  3. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    Thanks, Dennis. This is another one we played with the group last week -- these Italian folk dances are fun tunes, so full of energy and Mediterranean feeling.

    Ah yes, good old Andy Möller...

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