Sicilian Music

The Ancient Drum

The Ancient Drum

One summer’s night, in the mountains known as the Madonie, friends and I visited the home of the great singer/songwriter, Moffo Schimmenti. We were celebrating friendship, a beautiful summer and Sicilian Music. Moffo embodies the very best quality of his hometown of Polizzi Generosa – he is abundant in his generosity. He fills his home […]

The Discovery of an Unknown 18th Century Sicilian Composer

The Discovery of an Unknown 18th Century Sicilian Composer

        In libraries containing early music manuscripts there are many written by unknown composers. Many are mediocre amateur works but occasionally one surfaces which has potential. Unfortunately a great amount of work is required to research a person who is virtually unknown, but in doing so can reap rewards. This is the […]

Fratelli Mancuso – Sicilian Muscians: “The local barber’s shop was our music academy”

Fratelli Mancuso – Sicilian Muscians: “The local barber’s shop was our music academy”

        Translator’s Note – The Sicilian brothers Enzo and Lorenzo Mancuso, musicians and musicologists, put on a concert in the November of 2009 to open Seville University’s conference dedicated to Leonardo Sciascia on the 20th anniversary of his death.  Alejandro Luque went to interview them:- Those of us who once thought that Sicily was an […]