Canta, canta...

Cantos a Kiterra
Canti dalla Sardegna


01. Canto In Re / Song In D - 5:53
02. Nuoresa (original) - 8:47
03. Mutos (Original) - 6:23
04. Gadduresa e Filonzana - 9:17
05. Canto In Re / Song In D - 8:02
06. Corsicana - 6:12
07. Fa Diesis/ F Sharp - 2:52
08. Si Bemolle / B Flat - 3:01
09. Disisperada - 4:58
10. Mutos - 10:18
11. Mi e la / e and A - 4:58

Voci: Torangelo Salis, Giuseppe Contini, Antonio Porcu, Francesco Demuru
Chitarra: Nino Manca, Giacomo Usai
Fisarmonica: Claudio Dessena



 A musicla tournament where singers rival in elegance, breath control and vocal audacity, cantu a chiterra is still largely unknown outside Sardinia. With a guitarist, each contestant takes turns at performing texts from books of poetry (more often 19th century works transmitted orally), in a show of endurance, vocal prowess and melodic inventiveness.

 Senesia is a cultural initiative that Amiata Records, in collaboration with Pandela, dedicates to the musical heritage of Sardinia, one of the oldest of the Mediterranean basin.

This first volume takes a look at the canti a chitarra (guitar-accompanied songs), which form one of the most original expressions of the island's musical repertoire.

Generally interpreted in competition form, this tradition invites a variety of vocalists to put to test their ability to improvise to guitar accompaniment, in front of a passionate audience of connoisseurs.

Presented by Andrea Parodi, the leader and unmistakable voice of the group Tazenda, this audiobook includes two important essays by Pietro Sassu and Paolo Scarnecchia, a rich and accurate photographic collection and a CD containing the most popular canti a chitarra performed by the most acclaimed talents of our time.

This is a unique opportunity to step closer to the millennial culture of this rich island, a splendid jewel of the Mediterranean.

Cantu a chiterra

Traditional singing accompanied by guitar cantu a chiterra is also found in Sardinia, represented by performers like Luiginu Cossu, Maria Carta, and nowadays Francesco Demuro; this genre is especially well known in the northwest region of Logudoro near the city of Sassari and in the northeast region of Gallura.

The cantu a chiterra (Sardinian for "singing with guitar") is a typical form of monophonic singing in Sardinian and gallurese, accompanied by guitar. This type of song is particularly prevalent in the northern part of the island; in particular in the Logudoro, Goceano, Planargia and Gallura. Very likely, some of the songs existed before the invention of the guitar, for example, Cantu in re (Song in D), but with the advent of the instrument they have developed different variations.


After centuries of existing in familiar setting, the cantu a chiterra also developed during the twentieth century as a singing competition, with the guitar (sa gara), taking place in front of an audience, usually at religious festivals, in forms that are still in place.

The gara is a musical competition where two or three singers, accompanied by a guitarist, compete with their improvisations on pre-established musical themes to show the quality of their performance. The competition requires that each cantadore (singer) performs one verse at a time, alternating with the other competitors (usually being assigned three stanzas each). The musical reference model (variant) is not a form fully and completely defined, but rather a set of pre-established forms of musical structures (meter, melody, harmony) relatively undefined. So that is it allowed to each cantadore to improvise at will on the model of reference.


& thanks to Lucky : )

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

salute, miguel - it's a pleasure! :)