Michael Kelly in Naples - 1779

from Reminiscences of Michael Kelly, pages 58-59:

Another interesting ceremony, la Festa della Nouvena, took place nine days previous. The peasantry and shepherds from Abruzzo, Calabria, and Apulia, upon this anniversary, come from the mountains in their sheepskin dresses, playing on their various instruments, some on the Zampogna, (a kind of bagpipe,) others on the Colascione. This instrument is the common one in the Neapolitan dominions, and is something like a guitar, having however only two strings, tuned fifths to each other. These shepherds visit all the churches, and play their famous pastorale there, and at all the …   more >>

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Michael Kelly, Reminiscences of Michael Kelly, volume 1 (London, 1826), p. 58-59. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427461889324 accessed: 4 March, 2024

location of experience: Naples


Michael Kelly
theatre manager, Composer, Singing

Listening to

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Music performed by Shepherds and peasants

Experience Information

Date/Time 1779
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors, in public


Following the eruption of mount Vesuvius

Originally submitted by cathcoyne on Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:11:29 +0000
Approved on Sun, 03 Jan 2016 13:15:36 +0000