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Italian and Italian American Studies

Italian Birds of Passage

The Diaspora of Neapolitan Musicians in New York

Authors: Frasca, Simona

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This book reviews the period from the unification of Italy to the fascist era through significant Neapolitan performers such as Gilda Mignonette and Enrico Caruso. It traces the transformation of a popular tradition written in dialect into a popular tradition, written in Italian, that contributed to the production of "American" identity.

About the authors

Simona Frasca is a lecturer on early sound reproduction and Italian migration, and a freelance music journalist. She hold a doctorate in History and Analysis of Musical Culture from La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy, and is the author of Norah Jones, Piano Girl (2004).

Reviews

"Frasca combines all her talents in this thorough history and criticism of the role the Neapolitan song has played in shaping Italian and American cultures. She has done some great work digging up the facts and stories behind the songs we all know and love. But more than reveal the lives of those who composed, performed, produced and distributed such classics as 'O Sole Mio' and 'Core 'ngrato,' Frasca provides keen interpretations of the music's form and content. Illustrated with period photos, historical portraits, lyrics, playbills and posters, Birds of Passage, brings new insights of the Neapolitan song and will no doubt be the basis for future studies and analyses of this phenomenon." - Fred L. Gardaphé, Distinguished Professor of Italian American Studies, Queens College, CUNY, USA

'In this fascinating study of the transatlantic migration of Neapolitan song moving back and forth between Naples and New York in the early part of the twentieth century we hear histories and cultures sustained in sound. In a Neapolitan voice in lower Manhattan, in a tune sustained in a transatlantic passage, we catch the complex and popular fashioning of modern metropolitan life. Here music transports and translates seemingly separate historical and cultural localities into a shared and richly differentiated soundscape.' - Iain Chambers, Professor of Cultural, Postcolonial, and Mediterranean Studies, University of Naples, 'L'Orientale", Italy, and author of Migrancy, Culture, Identity (1994) and Mediterranean Crossings: The Politics of an Interrupted Modernity (2008)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Frasca, Simona

    Pages 1-15

  • The Cultural Context of the Italian-American Community in New York at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century

    Frasca, Simona

    Pages 17-37

  • Enrico Caruso: The First Neapolitan Star

    Frasca, Simona

    Pages 39-76

  • The Music of the Immigrant Takes on Mass Appeal

    Frasca, Simona

    Pages 77-107

  • Birds of Passage: The Immigrants Return Home

    Frasca, Simona

    Pages 109-132

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Italian Birds of Passage
Book Subtitle
The Diaspora of Neapolitan Musicians in New York
Authors
Series Title
Italian and Italian American Studies
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-32242-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137322425
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-32241-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-45835-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 263
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