Song Sheet: "A Canzona D' 'O Culera (Italia Bella)" / "Italia Sfurtunata, 'o Nubifragio 'e Casamicciola". New York: A. Matacea Music Publisher, 1910.

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Song Sheet: "A Canzona D' 'O Culera (Italia Bella)" / "Italia Sfurtunata, 'o Nubifragio 'e Casamicciola". New York: A. Matacea Music Publisher, 1910.

Description

Two Italian patriotic songs, printed in blue ink on both sides of a single sheet, issued by an Italian-American publisher in New York City. Numbered Nos. 174 and No. 175, suggesting that Matacea was a fairly prolific publisher of such songsheets, but OCLC locates only one example of a single, 1911 broadside (at Brown).

Neither Matacea (who composed the verses for one of the songs as well as publishing it) nor Meola is listed in the 1905 Italian American Directory, q.v. However, likely the same Carlo Meola is listed in Flamma, Italiani di America as a freelance journalist, born in Naples in 1879 and where he became a journalist, working for Il Corriere di Napoli, then Il Mattino di Napoli.

According to Flamma, in 1906 - four years before the publication of these songs - he moved to the U.S. following a resounding success at the Sannazzaro di Napoli with his comedy, La condanna condizionale. Landing in Chicago, he was director for some years of Il Cittadino di Chicago, as well as correspondent from Chicago of Il Corriere d'America of Luigi Barzini. In 1924 he founded and directed La Nova Italia, then returned to the U.S., this time to New York, in 1932, where he wrote for the radio.

Creator

Verses of O Culera by the publisher, Arturo Matacea, on a musical theme of Mamma toia 'adda' sape.

Verses of Italia Sfortunata by Carlo Meola, on the musical theme of 'A morte 'e Petrosino.

Publisher

A. Matacea Music Publisher

Date

1910

Format

27cm x 18cm

Language

Italian

Citation

Verses of O Culera by the publisher, Arturo Matacea, on a musical theme of Mamma toia 'adda' sape.Verses of Italia Sfortunata by Carlo Meola, on the musical theme of 'A morte 'e Petrosino., “Song Sheet: "A Canzona D' 'O Culera (Italia Bella)" / "Italia Sfurtunata, 'o Nubifragio 'e Casamicciola". New York: A. Matacea Music Publisher, 1910.,” Italian-Language American Imprints: The Periconi Collection, accessed September 26, 2022, https://italianamericanimprints.omeka.net/items/show/542.

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