Sunday, February 16, 2014

MARECHIARE

One of the greatest hits composed by Salvatore Di Giacomo, was put to music by the great maestro Francesco Paolo Tosti and published by the Ricordi company in 1885. 
As Pietro Gargano reports to us in his Nuova enciclopedia illustrata della canzone napoletana, Di Giacomo reportedly had never visited Marechiaro before composing the famous song. 
It was impossible for Di Giacomo to have even leaned out of that famous little window, decorated with vases full of geraniums, since it was built by a clever innkeeper with an eye for business after this song became a hit. 
Although it was a song of enormous success, Di Giacomo did not seem to appreciate it greatly: so much so that it was not even included within the collections that the poet himself edited. 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Saturday, February 1, 2014

AGNES OF SORRENTO

This story revolves around Agnes, a beautiful young girl, in Italy. 
When reading this book you can lose yourself in Italy and its people by Stowe’s use of poetic language. 
One can almost touch the characters and smell the landscapes with her descriptions. Come to Italy with Harriet Beecher Stowe!
The setting sunbeams slant over the antique gateway of Sorrento, fusing into a golden bronze the brown freestone vestments of old Saint Antonio, who with his heavy stone mitre and upraised hands has for centuries kept watch thereupon.
A very pretty picture was she, reader, - with such a face as you sometimes see painted in those wayside shrines of sunny Italy, where the lamp burns pale at evening, and gillyflower and cyclamen are renewed with every morning.