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Station Balagne-Orizonte: traditional Corsican songs

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Station Balagne-Orizonte: traditional Corsican songs

As in all agricultural and pastoral areas, the word has long been the only vehicle of emotions and transmissions. The music is first lullaby and child dance, and subsequently accompanied the events of life: family gatherings, seduction, and mourning ceremonies. Corsicans remained associated with these musical traditions. The 'paghjelle' are originally love songs extolling the attractions of the girl coveted; like the Andalusian songs the 'paghella' can become painful crying the devastation that was beautiful in the heart of the singer. The 'e ​​Chjami respondi' (call and response) may be the cause for ways to challenge a side to another, but became sung oratorical contests in which participants compete skill to improvise lyrics the theme song of departure. Sometimes humorous to the extreme, it is the 'scherzose' who cultivate the art of 'macagna' (high joke as a national sport ...). The 'tribbiera is a type of work song whose rhythm is inspired not oxen or of men in manual farm work. The 'lamenti' are songs of despair that accompany grief at the departure of the deceased and weld the community living in a shared celebration. When the song changes from sadness to angry clamor, calling the vendetta is a 'vocero. Sacred songs that have always punctuated religious ceremonies and processions that always accompany the many brotherhoods of all Corsican towns. Most often, these songs are still sung in Latin, sometimes slightly 'corcisés. Corsican polyphony was born from the will of the singers come together and merge into a common chant while respecting the identity of each. Traditionally, polyphonic singing is for three voices but can be broken down to five or seven according stamps and friends present. There are: the low 'bassu' baritone has siconda '(second) and the third has terza which is the loudest. The agreement and harmony in the song is a valuable blend of different voices each singing in their tone and pace to give birth to a magical voice 'believing in the presence of an additional singer. Born with the movement of 'riacquistu' (reconquest of cultures and traditions), the new Corsican polyphony talent show and youth involvement in maintaining the Corsican island traditions. Many groups more or less recent made ​​known Corsican polyphony to the world and continue to roam the cities and villages of Corsica every summer to share with visitors, this moving part of the Corsican culture. In addition, outside concerts, are sung in bars and parties in Corsica, and spectators are always welcome to share their listening celebration of music, song and friendship.

Station Balagne-Orizonte: traditional Corsican songs
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