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The locus is the forge for songwriting

The book “Parole e Musica. I luoghi della canzone d’autore italiana” was exposed by the author and anchorman Roberto Paravagna at the talk “Thursday at Marengo” directed by the journalist Efrem Bovo (Marengo temporary manager).  

“The artistic expression is separated by the balance of objective measures: the blurred border – says Paravagna – distributes the Bolognese scene to the area spread from Bologna to Rimini: the formula ‘Songwriter scene’ is preferred to the exhibition ‘School of songwriters’. The artists  (from the stop in Milan for the Sicilian composer Franco Battiato and the Genoese musician Gino Paoli to the stay in Genoa lived by the Milanese singer-songwriter Enzo Jannacci) increase the artistic melting pot despite the identity emerged from the site of origin. Thus, the Italian-Neapolitan song is witty, theatrical and the provincial landscape defines the songwriting created by the artist Paolo Conte”.

The place is the genesis of pearls overwhelmed by glory. ” The river Tanaro – adds Paravagna – is the geographical background to the song “La canzone di Marinella” (1962) written by singer-songwriter Fabrizio De Andrè and enhanced by the musical arrangement of Gian Piero Riverberi. Mina’s performance led to the fame of Faber’s lyric about the tragedy arising from the quarrel of love and mitigated the reluctance to concerts to the audience expressed by the author”.

The talk was closed by the constructive comment on the contemporary scenario. ” Today rap transmits problems (anger, irony, boredom) – asserts Paravagna – already spread by the song of yesterday, however, the melodic line has disappeared. Volodymyr Zelensky’s eagerly awaited intervention at the Sanremo festival removes space from the art spread by singers. The school is the best site to study the songwriting: the initiative, meritorious and ad hoc, of some rappers extended to schools in Milan can be combined with ministerial programs”.