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...Widely considered to be the first international recording star, Enrico Caruso was born in Naples, Italy in 1873. He was raised in a poor family but was encouraged to pursue music by his mother, who died in 1888. He sang in the street...

Alborosie

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...With an unlikely but international reach, Alborosie emerged from the Italian music scene to become a popular reggae and dancehall artist in reggae music's native Jamaica. Born in 1977 in Sicily, Alborosie taught himself how to play guitar...
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...The leftist Italian singer-songwriter Fabrizio De André used his career to attack problems in Italian social and political life. Born in Genoa in 1940, De André’s family fled to the northwest upon the outbreak of World War II as his father,...
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...Luciano Pavarotti was one of The Three Tenors, with Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras. He was an opera singer who helped bring classical music and opera to a worldwide audience. Pavarotti was born on October 12, 1935, in Modena, Italy. His...
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...Considered one of the first songwriters and producers to have brought disco music to the international stage, Giorgio Moroder paved the way for pop music’s contemporary focus on electronic production. Born in Italy in 1940, Moroder toured...
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...As the principal composer of music to soundtrack the mid-twentieth-century popular “spaghetti Western” film genre, Ennio Morricone brought to the form a modernist aesthetic couched within a romantic focus on leitmotif and visual...

Cantu a Tenore

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Cantu a tenore (Canto a tenore in Italian) is a type of localized, multipart singing based on chords that is found in areas of the island of Sardinia (Macchiarella 2008). The word tenore describes a group of four male singers, each singing...

Central Italy

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VII : Locations: Europe

The Continuum International, 2016

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...Population: regions – 10,906,626 (2000); metropolitan areas – 5,687,000 (2000) Regions: Toscana (Tuscany), Marche, Umbria and Latium. Metropolitan areas: Firenze (Florence), Ancona, Perugia and Roma (Rome).The central...

Romanza da Salotto

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...The term romanza da salotto (salon romance) refers to a form of Italian song that was popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. So called because they were typically sung in a domestic environment, especially...

San Remo

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VII : Locations: Europe

The Continuum International, 2016

Encyclopedia Articles

...Population: 56,026 (2000) San Remo is a small coastal town located in Liguria, a few miles from the French border and part of the Imperia province. ‘Gem’ of the Riviera dei Fiori, San Remo shares...