Every year, it is history repeating in Sanremo. "It's no longer the same as it used to be," yet everyone watches it (almost 48% of share last night for the final). "The songs are mediocre," but give it two weeks and the country will know the winning tunes by heart; "it's no longer fashionable," yet our eyes have been all for Garko's tuxes and Virginia Raffaele and Madalina Ghenea's gowns.
Perché Sanremo è Sanremo! (wikimedia)
So, yes: Sanremo è sempre Sanremo and even if you do not follow it, you end up caring. I have not watched...
Morricone with his Oscar on Monday night (Photo ANSA)
This week about to end was a good one for Italy. For once, we ended up on the news for something good, and not for the usual culprits: corruption, politics, sex scandals, Renzi, Berlusconi...
This week, Italy is proud of her very own Ennio Morricone who, after decades composing some of the best known film scores of all times, has finally received his first Oscar. Ok, those among you more into cinema know that, technically, it was not the first, as he did received a honorary Oscar in 2007 for "his magni...
More Suggestions about our best performers and songwriters
Here comes lifeinitaly second part of the best Italian music. Want to learn more about our classic stars and singer songwriters? Check out Best Italian Music I!
Vasco Rossi, one of Italian music pop icons (Oxfam Italia/flickr)
Il Blasco (as it is known among his fans) is a bit of an Italian phenomenon. When non-Italian friends of mine heard his music, they were left at best untouched: when compared to American rockers, Vasco may look and...
Celebrating the 120 Years of Italian Radio, by remembering how it all started
It was 1995 when Italians celebrated the 100 years anniversary of the invention of the radio. Guglielmo Marconi was the mind behind a creation that was to change human comunication for ever. Today, 120 years after that faithful day, the radio still represents a companion to the days of many. And not only that: radio signals are still a relevant way of communicating in specific fields, such as aviation.
... It was more than a century ago when Guglielmo Marconi, up on top of a s...
Renato Zero and Loredana Berté, protagonists of the Italian music panorama
of the 1970s (GdT/wikimedia)
The 1970s were not an easy period in Italian history: generally known as the Anni di Piombo, the lead years, the 70s are, today, short of being considered a decade of factual civil war between established and terroristic powers. It is also for this reason that in the 1970s, Italian music keeps on following that path of socially engaged singing-songwriting already begun in the1960s, in particular with the Scuola Genovese: it is the decade w...
Early libretto for Puccini's La Turandot
When approaching the history of Italian modern music, it is important to remember that, for almost two centuries, the first and strongest musical tradition of the country was opera.
Opera had romantic and adventurous plots and, above all, melodic and catchy arie, musical pieces sang and whistled all over the Italian peninsula. So it is no surprise that at the beginning of the 20th century Italian people, from the humble craftsman to the rich and noble, still attended opera houses, b...
Some suggestions about the best of Italian music
Quartetto Cetra (Stevan Kragujevic/wikimedia)
Known to his fans as "Il Reuccio," the little king, Claudio Villa was indeed the king of Italian melodic music. His voice, full, powerful and reminiscent of that of operetta tenors, has enchanted generations of Italians. His name has been always associated to the Festival di Sanremo, and to the old-times-Italy of Bel Canto. Villa, almost 30 years after his death, still remains an icon of Italian music.
Italian teenagers in the 1960s
The 1960s were a crucial, very much loved and dearly remembered decade in Italian history, in part because of the economic boom, a golden moment for Italian economy, when industrialization was at its peak and consumerism, after the struggling days of the 1950s reconstruction, was starting to finally become the Italian way of life.
But the 60s were also a decade characterized by an atmosphere of joyousness and lightheartedness: the 1960s, in fact, can surely be considered the "teenage decade" of the country, when Italy k...
Domenico Modugno Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu
At the end of the Second World War, Allied troupes occupied Italy and American and English soldiers stormed through the country bringing all those things Italian people hadn't been allowed to have for twenty solid years. Italy enjoyed its freedom, and even if money was tight and the war had left terrible scars, people, finally free from twenty long years of dictatorship, wanted to sing, dance, and have fun. And they wanted to do it to the rhythm of the musical trends from across the Atlantic Ocean.
From 1945 onward,...