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Musica PopoIare ltaIiana



Folk Music

What's folk music? As the term suggests, it's a music produced by lower classes: and that is the reason why it differs from that produced by upper classes, the so-called educated music.
Folk music, unlike other genres, it's nearly always linked to times of the year, historical periods and moments of people’s life, so becoming the result of a collective experience.

Like the Homeric poems, folk music tends to remain anonymous, and is orally passed through generations: therefore it's potentially subject to changes and modifications.
Because born from people, folk music reflects their identity and it generates a strong sense of belonging.
Most frequent topics are rhymes (nursery rhymes , tongue twisters , etc.), ritual songs (religion, feelings, etc.), songs of workers (farmers, fishermen, shepherds, carters, weeders , etc.) and social singings (which turned mainstream especially in the last century).
Styles, of course, differ from country to country and from region to region depending on language. For this reason, Italian folk music uses dialects and is performed through local instruments: these 2 factors - dialects and instruments - combined together produce its rhythm, differing from region to region.

Nowadays, folk music tries to renew itself through new experiences and influences, but it remains firmly rooted in the past as people’s historical memory.