Blanche comme la neige di Violet Archer

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La lettura di ieri sera è stata la Fantasia per chitarra su “Blanche comme la neige” di Violet Archer (1913-2000), al secolo Violetta Teresa Giovanna Balestreri, compositrice canadese.

La composizione è basata sull’omonima melodia contenuta in quella che è considerata una vera e propria bibbia delle melodie tradizionali di Newfoundland (Terranova, isola canadese dell’Oceano Atlantico): Songs of the Newfoundland Outports curata da Kenneth Peacock.

During the decade from 1951 to 1961, folksong collector Kenneth Peacock made numerous visits to Newfoundland, recording traditional singers for The National Museum of Canada. His work was later published in a 3 volume set of books called “Songs of the Newfoundland Outports”. The collection presented lyrics and music notation to over 1000 folk songs and became the “bible” for young musicians such as the band Figgy Duff and others who wished to learn and perform authentic Newfoundland folk material. In the early 1980s, through collaboration with folklorist Edith Fowke and The Canadian Folk Music Society, I learned that many of those early field recordings had been preserved, which led me to contact Mr. Peacock and the National Museum of Canada with a proposal to release some of the better recordings on a LP. The result was this album of wonderful unaccompanied singing from the 1950s, representing singers from many different parts of the Province. I felt the project was especially significant given that most of these singers were no longer living, enabling the listener to be transported back in time to an era when outport customs still thrived. Accompanying the record is an 8 page booklet with photos, lyrics and liner notes plus a piece by Kenneth Peacock himself entitles “The Collector Recollects” (well worth the read). This 1984 release is the last of the vinyl albums from my label, Pigeon Inlet Productions, and one which I have always taken great pride in having produced. We are forever indebted to Kenneth Peacock for this seminal work in preserving and making available this wealth of precious material.

Violet Archer
(1913-2000)

Tra il 1951 e il 1961, Peacock visitò più volte l’isola per registrare oltre mille canzoni tradizionali della zona direttamente dalla voce degli abitanti. Il suo lavoro venne pubblicato in tre volumi. La Violet Archer, che fu un’ardente promotrice della musica canadese e di altre musiche del XX secolo e attiva nei consigli di un gran numero di organizzazioni nazionali e regionali, ha scritto la fantasia dietro la commissione del Canadian Music Competition del 1978 ad Alberta.

La scrittura denota una limitata conoscenza dello strumento a sei corde che fatti salvi i passaggi con l’uso di bassi ad esclusivo scopo di supporto armonico, è trattato alla stregua di un violino. Tuttavia, nella sua semplicità, la pagina è efficace. Scriverò un post più dettagliato più avanti.

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