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Marco Lutzu (edited by) Musiche tradizionali di Aggius: Le registrazioni del CNSMP (1950-1962)

Traditional musics from Aggius: The recordings of CNSMP (1950-1962)

Roma, Squilibri, Archives of Ethnomusicology, 2015, 176 p. (with 2 CDs)

ISBN 978-88-89009-76-5

In Aggius, between January 1950 and March 1962, the CNSMP (National Centre for the Study of Folk Music) organized five campaigns that, coordinated by Giorgio Nataletti or Diego Carpitella, took advantage of the collaboration of scholars already working in Sardinia such as Alberto Mario Cirese, Antonio Santoni Rugiu, Antonio Sanna, Paolo Cherchi and Pietro Sassu. 
The attention paid to this small village sited in Gallura, in northern Sardinia, was determined by the originality and the richness of the repertoires now largely reproduced on the two enclosed CDs: a huge variety of expressive forms such as lullabies, work songs, serenades, accordion dances and the most representative genre, the cantu a tasgia, the multipart singing which is still considered today as the key element of their cultural identity by the local singers. 
The volume opens with an in-depth introduction and contains the transcription and the Italian translation of the lyrics, some articles about the history of cantu a tasgia in the last century (i.e. the appreciation by Gabriele D’Annunzio and its presence in the play Ci ragiono e canto directed by Dario Fo), highlighting the central role played by two of the most important singers, Salvatore Stangoni and Matteo Peru.
The volume is an essential tool for the knowledge of the musical practices of this small village and, at the same time, a significant example of how a multipart music can change over time both from the formal and expressive point of view and from the meanings and values people express through it in an ever changing social context. 
The book has been published thanks to the contribution of the choir “Galletto di Gallura” from Aggius, as a way to honour its forefathers. Moreover, this book opens a specific section of the aEM book series published by Squilibri, dedicated exclusively to the Sardinian documents preserved in the Archives of Ethnomusicology of the ‘Santa Cecilia National Academy’, and overseen by an editorial board chaired by Ignazio Macchiarella.



Jean-Jacques Castèret, Multipart singing in Gascon Pyrenees: Tradition, evolution, resilience.

Paris, L’Harmattan, Anthopologies et musique, 2012, 367 p.
ISBN : 978-2-336-00821-9, 37,50 €





 In Pyrenean Gascony, multipart singing is something general for both Sunday masses, patronal festivities or festive gathering. It is, however, long remained in the blind spot of ethnomusicological research as cultural action.

After fifteen years of research, this book invites to discover a social practice that draws a very classical and post-modern field.

From pub to pub, feast to festival, closer to the singers, this research focuses on understanding the musical and human springs of multipart singing, the meaning of this work in progress that say by turns the Pyrenean communities mood, individual and collective aspiration to a form of absolute.

The author explores beyond the history of this very resilient practice: the process of transmission in the last fifty years in the context of mutation of the traditional society. The contemporary history of a generational shift. A centuries-old history crossing in the nineteenth century the construction of the rom

Between musicology and ethnomusicology, anthropology and history, Jean-Jacques Castéret revisits in this book the notions of oral and written, profane and religious, popular and scholarly, revealing the Pyrenean part of a very extensive European archipelago where church faux-bourdon, fallen into history oblivion, and secular multipart singing are combined for more than five centuries.antic Pyrenean imaginary and the emergence of early mechanisms of patrimonialization.

Dr. Jean-Jacques Castéret is ethnomusicologist, PhD. of the Université Bordeaux 3 – Lacito du C.N.R.S. Head of the Culture & Society pole of the Institut Occitan d’Aquitaine, he develops public programs of sound archives valorization ( and safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Associate researcher of the Laboratoire ITEM de l’Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, member of the Research Centre for European Multipart music (Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien), of the multipart group of the International Council for Traditional Music, of the Société Française d’Ethnomusicologie and administrator of the CIRIEF.