Italy’s Gift to the World: The Neapolitan Song That Sings of Immigrants’ Joys and Sorrows

Dec 30, 2019 499

BY: Grace Russo Bullaro

Just recently I was  watching the quirky and highly interesting Belgian television series, Professor T.  In the US this series is shown in the original language, Flemish, with English subtitles. Imagine my surprise when in the midst of a dramatic scene, suddenly and totally unexpectedly, the soundtrack regaled us with the haunting sounds of Roberto Murolo singing the classic, “Giuramento”.  

Murolo’s extraordinary voice and style, simultaneously evoking nostalgia, desire, intimacy and regret, unleashed a flood of emotions and started me thinking about the Neapolitan song, and what a gift Italy has given to global culture.

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