Fabrizio de Andrè

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Cristiano Fabrizio De André (Genoa, February 18, 1940 - Milan, Jan. 11, 1999) was an Italian singer-songwriter.

Considered by most critics one of the greatest songwriters of all time, it is often dubbed by the nickname "Faber" that gave him the childhood friend Paul Village with reference to his penchant for pastels and pencils Faber-Castell, over that for the similarity with his name.

In almost forty years of artistic activity, De André has recorded thirteen studio albums, plus some songs published only as individuals and then re-edited into anthologies. Many lyrics of his songs tell stories of outcasts, rebels, prostitutes, and are considered by some critics as real poems, enough to be included in various school anthologies of literature since the early seventies and receive the praise even of big names of poetry as Mario Luzi.

Of anarchist sympathies, libertarian and pacifist, was also one of the artists who have most enhanced the Ligurian language. It faced, also, to a lesser extent, different, other idiomicome the Gallura and the Neapolitan.

During his career he has collaborated with cultural personalities and important artists of the Italian music scene, including Nicola Piovani, Ivano Fossati, Mauro Pagani, Massimo Bubola, Álvaro Mutis, Wing Violence and Francesco De Gregori.

The popularity and high artistic level of his songbook have prompted some institutions, after his death, to dedicate streets, squares, parks, libraries and schools.

Along with Bruno Lightman, Gino Paoli, Umberto Bindi and Luigi Tenco it is one of the exponents of the so-called Genoese School, a group of artists who profoundly renewed the Italian pop music. It is the artist with the most number of awards from the Club Tenco, with six plates and a Tenco Prize.

In October 1961la Karim (label that sees among members also father Joseph) released his first 45 laps, with a standard cover perforated (reprint of 1971 the Roman Record will instead have a cover with an anonymous drawing). The album contains two songs, and Baroque Clouds And it was night.

The May 2, 1963 takes place the television debut of the singer, who in the Rendez-Vous program, led by Line Renaud directed by Vito Molinari and transmitted from the first Channel sings loafer.

According to a statement from the singer in an interview with Corriere della Sera, in 1964 supported the entrance examination as the author of the literary part in the Rome SIAE in order to deposit in his own name the songs (in fact the date is definitely wrong, because de André in 1961 signed the lyrics and music of his songs and deposit to the SIAE [); in 1997, during the delivery of the Lunezia Prize, he confessed that he had used a good part of the text of the song The leaves of Jacques Prévert died in the examination.

After leaving the university and the teaching profession, in the following years De André went confirming its status as a character reserved and educated musician, able to condense in its various trends and inspirations works: the atmosphere of the historic French songwriters, social issues dealt with both crudeness both poetic metaphors, musical traditions of some Italian and Mediterranean regions  sounds an internationally and the use of a unique language and, at the same time, almost always simple to be affordable for everyone.

In 1964 he recorded the song of Marinella, which will give him great success and notoriety on a national level three years later, when it will be played by Mina; the text is in fairytale seemingly inspired by a true story.

In this period came his first 33 laps. His discography is not very numerous as, indeed, non-existent until 1975 were his concerts. The debut album All Fabrizio De André (1966, reprinted two years later with the title of the song Marinella under another label with a different cover), a collection of some of the songs which until then had been published only in the 45s, followed by Volume I (1967), considered (rightly) as his first real album, All we died with difficulty (1968), Volume III (1968), baroque Clouds (1969; the latter is the collection of the 45 laps of the period excluded by Karim All Fabrizio De André).

The opening song of Volume I is Prayer in January, a written jetting song a few hours after the death of Luigi Tenco in Sanremo [60], a friend of Fabrizio youth. The singer, who had played the song The Ballad of the hero in the movie The greasy pole, lost his life - according to the accepted version - suicide with a gunshot, during the Sanremo Festival of Italian Song of January 1967. The link between Louis and Fabrizio De André was very strong and she wrote the song on the wave of emotion, immediately after visiting


Andrea  -  Fabrizio de Andrè


Andrea "This song we dedicate it to those that Plato called, so even poetic, the" children of the moon "; those people that we continue to call gay or, for a strange form of complacency, several, if not asses. Here, I am pleased to sing this song, which in fact was written for them a dozen years ago, so lights on, also to demonstrate that today, at least in Europe, you can simply be yourself no longer need to be ashamed. »
(Fabrizio De André during the concert held at the Teatro Smeraldo in Milan on 19/12/1992)
In this album also it is first recorded Andrea, song that will become, along with War of Piero, one of the most strongly anti-military songs not only of De André, but also of Italian music in the background, however, a story of homosexual love in the first World war. Andrea In this sense it is also a song about diversity.

By the final verse "... the bucket ladies said the well is deep ... he just told me that is deeper than me" it can be deduced that the soldier Andrea, after losing the love to the front, jumping suicides in the well.


Bocca di Rosa - Fabrizio de Andrè


Bocca di Rosa is a song written by Fabrizio De André with the musical arrangement of Gian Piero Reverberi. This song is considered the author's signature song and joined in the collective Italian, so much so that the expression "rose mouth", in common parlance, albeit erroneously compared to the lyrics, metaphorically it refers to a prostitute.

The song tells the story of a stranger, nicknamed Franny, who arrived in the "St. Hilary" village, with its passionate and libertine behavior ( "he made love with passion"), disrupts the quiet. Within a short time the woman is targeted by the women of the country, "little dog who had stolen the bone", which, not tolerating the conduct of the new arrival, they turn to the police commissioner, who sends "four policemen , with plumes and with weapons "that will lead Bocca di Rosa at the police station and then to the train station, where he will be accompanied on the train to be removed forever from the village. The forced departure of Franny assist moved all of the village men, who wish to "say goodbye to those who took a little love in the country." To the woman next station is greeted triumphantly and even desired by the pastor at his side in the procession.

To find the true inspiration of the song there are several assumptions: that such a Marilyn, a transsexual, or that of a certain Liliana Tassio, a prostitute who would have attended the artist known as the Maritza, an Istrian girl who will become one of the novel's protagonists a ridiculous fate, or the character would be an invention inspired by a famous song by George Brassens, "Brave Margot." This last hypothesis is corroborated by the presence, in the lyrics, some similarities and references in the song of the French singer-songwriter.


my song styles (Fabrizio De Andre')    La Guerra di Piero ... good music
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