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Salento Pizzica

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By Apollo Chamber Players

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String Quartet - Advanced - Digital Download
Arranged by Apollo Chamber Players. Classical Period, Folk Music, World. Set of Parts, Score. 37 pages. Apollo CP #011. Published by Apollo CP (S0.12708).

Item Number: S0.12708

What does classical music have in common with rock music? From our experience it can share plenty, particularly when interpreted through a folk music-hued lens. The heavy, driving beat of Salento Pizzica creates a primal rhythmic energy, a sonic effect of potent and progressing power. Given the Salento (Italy) region’s varied mix of cultures - sprinkled with African, Greek, and Arabic influences - one can surmise at the song’s history and evolution.The pizzica dance is a perfect companion to the folk music of Salento: a popular cousin in the family of tarantella dances, the pizzica is a dance of lust and seduction. According to Italian folklore, the pizzica was danced by toiling peasants during grape-harvesting season. Absorbed into the culture’s lifeblood, it grew into a ‘wooing’ dance, where a frolicking female waves a shawl or neckerchief (a symbol of love) inviting a lucky gentleman to join. The male accepts the courting gesture and cavorts accordingly, demonstrating virility to his potential suitor. The recording from which this arrangement originates, performed by the Italian band Zimbaria, includes multiple percussion instruments (tambourines, drums, woodblocks) which creates the aforementioned heavy beat, à la rock 'n roll. In this spirit, Salento Pizzica’s incessant rhythmic drive and dynamic melodies find a catalyst in the virtuosic capabilities of classical stringed instruments. Featured in Apollo's album, 'EUROPEAN FOLKSCAPES,' available on Navona

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