Mary Fairfax Greig Somerville in Lazio - the 1840's

from Memoir of Mary Somerville, 1840s, pages 246-247:

There was a stone threshing-floor behind our house. During the vintage we had it nicely swept and lighted with torches, and the grape gatherers came and danced till long after midnight, to the great amusement of my daughters, who joined in the dance, which was the Saltarello, a variety of the Tarantella. They danced to the beating of tambourines. Italy is the country of music, especially of melody, and the popular airs, especially the Neapolitan, are extremely beautiful and melodious; yet it is a fact, that the singing of the peasantry, particularly in the Roman and Neapolitan provinces, is …   more >>
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Mary Fairfax Greig Somerville, Memoir of Mary Somerville, 1840s. In Martha Somerville (ed.), Personal Recollections, from Early Life to Old Age, of Mary Somerville: With Selections from her Correspondence (London, 1873), p. 246-247. accessed: 24 April, 2024

location of experience: Lazio


Mary Fairfax Greig Somerville

Listening to

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Italian peasant songs
written by S. Heller

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1840's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:44:19 +0000