Brè brè (Cottrau, Teodoro)




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Sergio De Liso (2013/12/26)

Publisher Info. Sergio De Liso, 2013
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Sergio De Liso (2014/2/19)

Publisher. Info. Naples: T. Cottrau, n.d.(ca.1872). Plate 16317.
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Work Title Brè brè
Alternative. Title Ritornello popolare
Composer Cottrau, Teodoro
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. ITC 3
Key B major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1
Language Italian
Average DurationAvg. Duration 2 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation voice, piano
Related Works "A la guerra!", included in the collection Eco di Napoli by Vincenzo de Meglio (No.44), listed as Anonymous, with Neapolitan lyrics and a bit different piano part.
Included in the collection Eco del Vesuvio (No. 72).

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Though a "ritournelle" is a 17th century dance, it was in quick triple time. This song is in a fast 6/8, which would have a triple feel, and although a century or two later than the dance form, it could be argued that this is a descendant of it.

Probably the key in the score is wrong: it should be B -

no, not really! It is arguably in E-flat but ends on the dominant (see e.g. 2nd movement of Beethoven sym.8). (That, or is in B-flat with a heavy 7th-tone influence. I'll hum it soon and see which interpretation makes more sense. Please use the K template, though, not the Key, when doing that- Key should only be used once, for the "decided" key of a work, K for interim keys or for keys being discussed in, well, a discussion- because K formats while Key also adds the page to a category (e.g. all pages in the collection of pages in E-flat/B-flat major)...