Be aware! This next song might get suck in your head, just from hearing the title. It's none other than "Azzuro" by Adriano Celentano, one of the most popular Italian songs. To this day, the 1968 hit is still a classic and many like to sing along (in a more or less good Italian pronunciation). The song about the blue sky discusses wanderlust and love. That and also its instrumentation just scream dolce vita. However, italian music is even more – with some pretty exciting historical facts included.
How Italian Music Became A Classic
Of course, this doesn't mean that Eros Ramazzotti's "Se bastasse una canzone" or Zucchero"s "Senza una donna" aren't classic. And well-deserved ones for that matter. However, Italian music, in its roots is the opera: the “opera in musica". What we today define as opera, a drama set to music, originates in Florence in the 16th century. Greek mythology especially, was one of the main themes that time. Therefore, Jacopo Peri's "Euridice" is even the oldest preserved opera to this day.
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Italian Music Everyday
So yes, Italy and music belong together. After all, we still mostly use Italian expression marks, the instruction that indicate how a song is to be played, in music text: staccato, piano, andante, vivace. And just like that, music lessons turn into a little Italian crash course. So for now, it’s time to press play and enjoy la musica!