Vals espaniol

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A re-issue in America from the record 10-12804 by Concert Record Gramophone, which was recorded in Constantinople (Istanbul) on July 3, 1910, with the Elliniki Estudiantina (Greek Estudiantina). The sound engineer Arthur Clarke was responsible for the recording.

This is one of the many cases that underline the close relations between Naples and Smyrna (Izmir). "Vals espaniol" or "Ela, ela mi me paideveis pia" belongs to a corpus of recorded songs in which the Greek music protagonists borrowed music and/or lyrics from pre-existing Neapolitan songs. After all, the mandolins, the guitars, the marches, polyphonic song and the bel canto singing style are characteristics that reveal the relations between the Canzone Napoletana and the Greek-speaking urban folk-popular song. Discography is a very important tool in the research and in the understanding of these relations.

The song is a Greek adaptation of the famous Neapolitan song "La Spagnola", to music and lyrics by Vincenzo Di Chiara (1864 – 1937).

The musical score of the song was included in the newspaper "
La tavola Rotonda, Piedigrotta 1906", p. 11–12 (a literary, illustrated, music newspaper that was published every Sunday), published by the F. Bideri publishing house in Naples on September 3, 1906. "Piedigrotta", which is written on the headline of the publication, refers to one of the most famous and oldest religious festivals that took place in Naples. During the festival, a music competition took place, which, in the 19th century, turned into a dynamic festival. This festival took the form of a commercial mechanism which played a key role in shaping and promoting Neapolitan song.

The song, in its Italian version, was recorded several times in 78 rpm discography: see for example the lists in the database that emerged from
Allan Kelly's research.  Labels from records and audio recordings from recordings made in the United States are available on the website of the Discography of American Historical Recordings (DAHR). For example, the recording with Francesco Daddi, which took place between 1907–1908 in New York (Columbia 3787 – C731 and Ε146).

The Greek version of the song was published in New York by the Apollo Music Co publishing house under the title "
La Spaniola (Ela - ela)" (Come - come), and by the S. Christidis publishing house in Constantinople (Istanbul) under the title "Ela Ela" ("Come Come") on the cover of which the following is written: "The Italian La Spaniola, Lyrics: N. Vlyssidou, Music: Χ. Χ., Cover: N. Baldi".

Research and text: Leonardos Kounadis and 
Nikos Ordoulidis

Author (Composer):
Lyrics by:
[Neapolitan lyrics: Di Chiara Vincenzo Greek lyrics: Vlyssidis N. ?]
Singer(s):
Elliniki Estudiantina (Greek Estudiantina)
Orchestra-Performers:
Elliniki Estudiantina (Greek Estudiantina)
Recording date:
03/07/1910
Recording location:
Constantinople (Istanbul)
Language(s):
Greek
Dance / Rhythm:
Waltz
Publisher:
Victor
Catalogue number:
63539-A
Matrix number:
1640y
Duration:
3:24
Item location:
Kounadis Archive Record Library
Physical description:
10 in. (25 cm)
Source:
Kounadis Archive
ID:
Vi_63539_ValsEspaniol
Licensing:
cc
Reference link:
Kounadis Archive, "Vals espaniol", 2019, https://vmrebetiko.gr/en/item-en?id=5037

A re-issue in America from the record 10-12804 by Concert Record Gramophone, which was recorded in Constantinople (Istanbul) on July 3, 1910, with the Elliniki Estudiantina (Greek Estudiantina). The sound engineer Arthur Clarke was responsible for the recording.

This is one of the many cases that underline the close relations between Naples and Smyrna (Izmir). "Vals espaniol" or "Ela, ela mi me paideveis pia" belongs to a corpus of recorded songs in which the Greek music protagonists borrowed music and/or lyrics from pre-existing Neapolitan songs. After all, the mandolins, the guitars, the marches, polyphonic song and the bel canto singing style are characteristics that reveal the relations between the Canzone Napoletana and the Greek-speaking urban folk-popular song. Discography is a very important tool in the research and in the understanding of these relations.

The song is a Greek adaptation of the famous Neapolitan song "La Spagnola", to music and lyrics by Vincenzo Di Chiara (1864 – 1937).

The musical score of the song was included in the newspaper "
La tavola Rotonda, Piedigrotta 1906", p. 11–12 (a literary, illustrated, music newspaper that was published every Sunday), published by the F. Bideri publishing house in Naples on September 3, 1906. "Piedigrotta", which is written on the headline of the publication, refers to one of the most famous and oldest religious festivals that took place in Naples. During the festival, a music competition took place, which, in the 19th century, turned into a dynamic festival. This festival took the form of a commercial mechanism which played a key role in shaping and promoting Neapolitan song.

The song, in its Italian version, was recorded several times in 78 rpm discography: see for example the lists in the database that emerged from
Allan Kelly's research.  Labels from records and audio recordings from recordings made in the United States are available on the website of the Discography of American Historical Recordings (DAHR). For example, the recording with Francesco Daddi, which took place between 1907–1908 in New York (Columbia 3787 – C731 and Ε146).

The Greek version of the song was published in New York by the Apollo Music Co publishing house under the title "
La Spaniola (Ela - ela)" (Come - come), and by the S. Christidis publishing house in Constantinople (Istanbul) under the title "Ela Ela" ("Come Come") on the cover of which the following is written: "The Italian La Spaniola, Lyrics: N. Vlyssidou, Music: Χ. Χ., Cover: N. Baldi".

Research and text: Leonardos Kounadis and 
Nikos Ordoulidis

Author (Composer):
Lyrics by:
[Neapolitan lyrics: Di Chiara Vincenzo Greek lyrics: Vlyssidis N. ?]
Singer(s):
Elliniki Estudiantina (Greek Estudiantina)
Orchestra-Performers:
Elliniki Estudiantina (Greek Estudiantina)
Recording date:
03/07/1910
Recording location:
Constantinople (Istanbul)
Language(s):
Greek
Dance / Rhythm:
Waltz
Publisher:
Victor
Catalogue number:
63539-A
Matrix number:
1640y
Duration:
3:24
Item location:
Kounadis Archive Record Library
Physical description:
10 in. (25 cm)
Source:
Kounadis Archive
ID:
Vi_63539_ValsEspaniol
Licensing:
cc
Reference link:
Kounadis Archive, "Vals espaniol", 2019, https://vmrebetiko.gr/en/item-en?id=5037

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