A story of the song in Naples, from Federico II to E.A.Maio, is a
creative documentary, which in 60 minutes, leads the viewer among the musical beauties, architecture and landscape of an extraordinary city.
A journey through the alleys in search of hidden beauty, and at the same time a
story about the birth and evolution of the song written in Naples.
From Villanalle to Tarentelle, up to the golden age, in which the
Neapolitan songs have been around the world, giving us unforgettable and masterpieces
representing and spreading Italian culture internationally.
The documentary tells also about the secrets of the Neapolitan rhythm and melody,
through explanations and comments, in which first level musicians were involved.
The documentary traces the link between classical music and popular music, in
a city that had already in the 600's boasted the presence of 4 conservatories,
placing itself among the musical capitals in the world.
A narrative flow that involves great composers without interruption and
masters such as: Pergolesi, Mozart, Beethoven, Martucci, Paisiello, but also the great
poets of the song as: Salvatore di Giacomo, Libero Bovio, Ernesto Murolo ed
E.A.. Mario.
To the incredible author of the "Canzone del Piave" and of the famous "Tammurriata
black ”an entire chapter is dedicated, in which its ductility is highlighted
compositional, which includes it fully among the anticipators of the Italian song.
The documentary has collected tens of opinions and comments from musicians,
journalists, writers, all in various ways involved in the love for music and the
song written in the city of Naples.

  • Pasquale Volpe
  • Silvana Orsi
  • Cultura Viva
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Una storia della canzone a Napoli da Federico II a E.A.Mario
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    60 minutes
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    May 30, 2019
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Director Biography - Pasquale Volpe

Pasquale Volpe was born in Naples in 1968, has been involved in video productions in the music field for more than 30 years. He has directed TV programs for national circuits and sindicatyon. Always passionate about jazz, he is currently working on a documentary about the life of saxophonist Charlie Parker.

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Director Statement

Music is the center of my life, visual audio in music has become my job over the years, among my great passions besides jazz and classical music, there has always been the Neapolitan Classical Song, and the music made in Naples both in the popular and cultured and academic fields.
So when I discovered that all the Saints in Vico, a few steps away from my parents' house, E. A. Mario was born, my curiosity came on, leading me on a journey and in a research that is the basis of the documentary we have made.