And here, Maura did not wait long with the second part of her publication.
Very well Maura, I think this will start a nice debate.
Why do you like Il Volo so much?
The answer is found in a video on Youtube: “Il Volo. The ten ingredients of global success” published by Trishia on 9 January 2017.
Who is Trishia? It is the pseudonym of Patrizia Ciava: a flagship for the Il Volo fandom. Graduated in philosophy, writer and winner of literary awards, teacher, lived in various countries of the world, a career of the highest level in the Public Administration. Among her institutional tasks is the promotion of Italian “excellence”, of the Italian language and culture.
Here are the elements that make up the success of the group, identified by her:
1) Three prodigious voices
2) The ability to excite
3) Spontaneity and sympathy combined with talent
4) Empathy with the public
5) The ability to joke and to create a friendly atmosphere
6) Collaboration with other artists
7) Friendship and team spirit
8) Charm and elegance
9) Availability towards fans and simplicity
10) Love for family and for Italy.
I could only add that their knowledge of English and Spanish helps to maximize the possibility of interacting with the public in every part of the world.
That said, let’s see if the definitions of “popular” offered by the vocabulary of the DEVOTO (vocabulary name) fit the music of our group.
Popular is what “represents the continuity and importance of an unbroken tradition, as opposed to what is innovative.”
Here I would like to make a “distinction”.
The definition is general. Wanting to refer it to music, in regards the first part it adapts to the music of Il Volo: “represents the continuity and importance of an unbroken tradition”.
Then popular music, understood here as traditional, should be “opposite” to what is innovative, and this, in my opinion, is a commonplace, a convention, it’s only another genre of music.
Music is a universal category in which all genres, ancient and modern, born before or born after, have found their place with equal dignity, joining, rather than opposing, each other and satisfying every taste and need.
I think I also interpret the thoughts of the components of Il Volo, who have always respected all types of music and all the singers, not “opposing” nor considering “against” anything or anyone.
It is popular, those who “enjoy sympathy and favor in a remarkable way”.
Let’s say that the music of Il Volo and its performers are … very, very popular.
Popular is “something that opposes aristocratic choices and discrimination”.
POP is only an abbreviation of POPOLARE. Pop music is what was once called “light music”, that is songs. Vasco, Pausini, Ramazzotti, Ferro etc. (Italian singers) sing pop music and they are pop singers, and they are Italian … Their music is therefore national-popular.
And journalists and music critics should know that.
Instead, the giornalist, uses the expression “national-popular” in the derogatory sense, identified precisely as to define the music of Il Volo, praising the new genres imported from the United States (rap, trap indie).
These journalists, many of them with white hair, are only intent on tickling the tastes of teenagers, discriminating, not between beautiful and bad music, as they should, but based on the date of birth of that music, in a momentum of “youthfulness”, to appear fashionable and in step with the times.
Il Volo, predominantly interprets the ITALIAN classical musical tradition, with SONGS in the Neapolitan language and dialect, and this justifies, as already said, its nature as a national-popular. But we cannot forget that their repertoire also contains songs of the classical tradition of the Spanish language (Cielito lindo, Historia de un amor and others), and English (Smile, My Way and others).
How about coining a less restrictive and more appropriate neologism for their music? This: INTERNATIONAL-POPOLAR.
All of the above considerations are strictly personal opinions. If you want, and as always, the debate is open.
My dear friend Maura Pucci, whom you all have already known, wrote a nice post that I will translate with great pleasure, knowing that you will surely appreciate it.
Maura, please don’t keep us waiting too long for the second episode !!😉
Today, I will answer two questions I asked myself.
The first is: “Who is the audience of Il Volo?”
It is necessary to start from two irrefutable statements:
1)Il Volo is an internationally successful musical group. 2)Their audience is mainly female.
Like all the artists who have had great international success, Il Volo is not aimed at an elite group of connoisseurs, but at a vast and heterogeneous audience, both from a socio-cultural point of view and from the point of view of age. As far as the latter is concerned, internationality constitutes the discriminating element, since age varies according to … longitudes and latitudes.
For example :
~ in Europe and the United States the public is on average more adult, but no less passionate;
~ in Mexico, Central America and South America a young audience prevails, made up in particular of chicas, which are unleashed like fans of rockstars;
~ a more composed audience of all ages is found in Asia, where classical music is a true cult (many oriental youths come to study in our conservatories) and, during the concerts, we witness the individual performances of the pieces in religious silence until the final ovation.
I take this opportunity to add here, incidentally and for the avoidance of the usual misunderstandings, that, in their repertoire of about two hundred songs, we find only four arias taken from lyrical works (two by Puccini, one by Verdi, one by Donizetti) a tarantella by Rossini and a romance by Leoncavallo …..
The fact that the public in general (fans in particular) is a large female majority is an element common to many if not all the fandoms of famous singers.
But in the case of the Il Volo boys the difference consists in the fact that in Italy and in the United States in particular, they were known when they were almost children, and the sentimental and romantic women, enchanted by their voices, became tender and affectionate. They saw them grow and from teenagers to become young men. They followed their physical transformations, and the maturation of their voices, establishing a particular relationship with them.
Ultimately the audience of Il Volo can be divided into the following groups:
A) The real fans, active on social networks, connected by a dense network of fan pages or fan clubs, in the number of about four thousand. They “adopted” the three boys, creating an intense relationship with them, I dare say visceral. Depending on the age, they are considered older brothers, object of desire, children, grandchildren. These fans follow Il Volo daily through news, photos, videos, interviews. They participate in numerous concerts, including moving from region to country and continent.
B) The most consistent band is represented by the television audience. In Italy, it is the one that contributes to procuring the famous “listening peaks” of Auditel for Il Volo and to make their concerts sold out. The same can be said for the United States where the PBS network has recorded some concerts since 2012 and broadcasts them, I believe periodically, through over 300 television stations that it represents.
A nod to a category of people that I do not consider “audience” but who have a positive relationship with Il Volo. It can be consideration, appreciation, affection, friendship, collaboration. Which does not automatically and in any case entail the liking of their music. I speak of VIPs, characters known in every field. They are too many and I don’t list them. I will only mention two names of “men of power” characters: Pope Francis and Kim, the leader of North Korea, namely the devil and holy water! …
I refer you to the next episode, again for an interlocutory answer. (Why does Il Volo like it?) And finally for my conclusions.
A few days ago, Ignazio anticipated a great news with a video message.
Here he is…
This 2020 is giving us many particularly unexpected surprises and what can you do?
You sing from home and make videos for all the people who follow us, who love us. With this video, I would like to thank many people .
First of all the doctors who during this time made their lives available to others. Here it is: altruism. I think it’s one of the most important things in the world.
Then I would say thanks to musicians who accompanied me in this video that will be released in a few days. Because they immediately made themselves available from other cities, from other regions. We immediately got to work on making this video.
For me it is one of the more important songs, because this song makes us understand that we are all part of this world and everyone has a piece of the universe.
And so I decided to propose “Almeno tu nell’ Universo”.
O my God, that song is beautiful and Ignazio can interpret it with a lot of feeling.
Two days of waiting and finally the video …..
“THANK YOU GUYS! And today the thought also goes to EZIO BOSSO.”
How sweet, Ignazio, your caressing but firm and strong voice accompanied us in this sweet and poignant song.
You brought the memory of Mia Martini back to life very well, and you also remembered with a few heartfelt words the great Ezio Bosso, the one who with great passion had brought music everywhere in spite of his illness.
This video is so beautiful, so delicate but which manages to give you an inner charge, thanks also to the evident passion with which Ignazio performs this song.
Chills, chills on the skin.
The whole ensemble was beautiful, and well done, therefore we also remember all the musicians:
GIAMPIERO GRANI = piano ALESSANDRO QUARTA = Violin BRUNO FARINELLI = drums PIERLUIGI MINGOTTI = bass GINO DE VITA = guitar ANDREA MORELLI = guitar
Congratulations to all, a really nice group.
Mamma mia, what a thrill !!
I had the pleasure of being present at the Arena in Verona when Ignazio excited the whole Arena with his interpretation and received a long standing ovation.
But even this version, so intimate, in black and white, what can I say ….. it is simply fantastic, the accompaniment is beautiful and the video editing is also excellent (I bet Ignazio), it is very beautiful.
Go Ignazio, amaze us again, we are here ready and waiting for you.
As you all know, the EUROVISION SONG CONTEST2020 event will not take place as a singing competition due to the virus.
But it was decided that there will be an evening where the 41 songs that competed in the race will be briefly made to feel connected to their countries. Each nation will host its own singers who have represented it in recent years. For Italy there will be all the singers present from 2015 until today …….. and we know who represented Italy in 2015: IL VOLO!!!!
PR = In Vienna, the guys from Il Volo are third, but they win the tele-voting and beat all the Italian records in the history of the competition.
We are with the guys from Il Volo, Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero, welcome guys!
I + G + P = Hello everyone
PR = It is very strange to see you separate, in the sense that we, of course, are used to seeing you together, I would like to know if you have made video-chats, videos played, in this period, in short, if you are connected.
P = We have daily video calls, we also make jokes, we share our ideas, our thoughts daily, we are always in contact.
PR = We remember very well that Eurovision 2015 in Vienna, in which, in the end, you were the moral winners, in the sense that, you did not win formally, but you won among the preferences, because you were the most tele-voted. Was this, I imagine, at the international level, a great satisfaction Ignazio?
I = It was a satisfaction, more than anything else because in that week you realized how much you love your country, we realized how much Italy is loved by the whole world, and we had the opportunity to be even more proud of our flag and our values.
PR = For us, you have won! It is not just “parochialism”. (I’m not saying that just because you’re from my area – because we are Italians.)
I would like to ask you what jokes you made, if it is not too personal, or can you say the joke?
I = I’ll tell you later in private ….
P = I made myself a facial mask, the color was strange, like a burn. I called Ignazio and told him he had to do an urgent interview, I couldn’t because I had burned myself in the sun. (laughs)
PR = Guys, you are a World Heritage, a UNESCO, however, is there any hope that when all this ends, we hope as soon as possible, your concerts, the world tour, starts from our wonderful Italy? Can we at least hope for it?
G = We hope Flavio, as soon as possible, also because we have started the celebrations of our tenth anniversary and are now 11 years old, the first time we sang together was on April 25, 2009. There was a long list of concerts all over the world and had to end with three concerts at the Arena in Verona. For now, we hope to return to the stage as soon as possible because we miss it a lot.
PR = And you miss us all. Thanks and we hope to see you soon live.
Bye guys, good luck.
I + P + G = Bye everyone.
It was a nice conversation, but now, to refresh our memory, let’s enjoy this beautiful way of the Eurovision 2015 final.
What chills, fantastic. This song is wonderful, even in abbreviated form for the times imposed by Eurovision, also I can say that it is certainly one of the Eurovision songs that many people know, has certainly not been forgotten, as instead some Italian critics had foreseen after the victory of Sanremo 2015.
We all expected their “deserved” victory.
A song so beautiful that two days ago, during a connection with Eurovision, the Israeli singer IMRI who represented his country in Eurovision, performed it with the only accompaniment of the guitar. A sweet and beautiful interpretation.
And what about this other beautiful interpretation of Grande Amore performed only with the violin? Wonderful.
And now, unfortunately news that we all expected that we hoped had a different meaning.
On the official page, Il Volo has published this news related to Italian concerts:
You asked us a lot of information about our tour and we always thank you for all the affection you show us every day. Today we can tell you that the final dates of the “10 Years Live” will be communicated as soon as possible and in any case no later than July 31, 2020 since at the moment the dates scheduled in the Arena of Verona (30-31 August) and at the Ancient Theater of Taormina (4-5 September), cannot be confirmed due to the current emergency situation and also taking into account the related government provisions. Tickets that have already been purchased remain valid. Find more info on friendsandpartners.it. (Communication will also follow for the other dates of the concerts.)
I was happy to see the guys in their Eurovision final video, too good !!
And how beautiful the interpretations of IMRI and the violinist of Grande Amore.
Instead, I’m not very happy with the message about the concerts, of course, we all know that they could be postponed, but in our hearts we hoped that, somehow, they would find a solution, but …… still not all is lost !! It all depends on the danger in the future of this virus, for now we wait and behave well.
I continue to summarize the commitments of Il Volo during these days of the first timid opening towards the life of before.
The first commitment was for an event organized by Sony Latin, a Latin Music festival entitled MADE IN CASA.
For this event, Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero sent a nice video of Grande Amore.
Here is the video.
The second engagement was last Sunday, on the occasion of Mother’s Day.
The boys sent a video to the Azteca TV on Mexico, with their sweet dedications on the occasion of this beautiful and loving holiday, and below, the video of Il Mondo.
PR = Hello, now we are virtually connecting with Italy, a country that in the past few weeks has faced tough tests for the Covid19 pandemic. But now we rise, listening to Il Volo.
G = Hi everyone, my name is Gianluca de Il Volo, we speak to you from our home in Italy, we are enjoying our family and above all our mother. We are very sorry for what is happening, it is very difficult and we hope that it will pass soon.
Let’s take care of ourselves and hope to see you soon.
P = Hi everyone, I’m Piero, I’m talking to you from Sicily, from my home, like everyone else.
Today is a very special day, “è il giorno della mamma”, as we say in Italian. Now we are enjoying good food, which for us others is a very rare and difficult moment, but be sure that in this way, everything seems better.
I hope to see you soon in a concert and we will sing all together. I send you a kiss, bye.
I = Hi all Mexico fans, today is a special day. It is known that we Italians are a little “mammoni”, we love our mom. Well, happy mother’s day, to all mothers, and we hope to see you soon.
PR = Thanks to the components of Il Volo.
PR = We are back in Europe, where Il Volo waits for us to spend the night with his music.
It’s time to listen to IL MONDO, from Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero.
Thanks guys, for taking part in Contigo Mamá.
And then, an unexpected announcement by Piero………
…………followed by Gianluca’s announcement.
………….and therefore from that of Ignazio.
We are happy to put our voices at the service of #DGFattoInCasa by Dolce & Gabbana. This campaign underlines the importance of all the doctors and researchers who are working to help us to get out of this global health emergency. We have chosen to sing onDolce & Gabbana three songs that represent us, our beloved country and the beauty that Italy can spread all over the world: Grande Amore, Nessun Dorma and O Sole Mio. We hope through music to bring some joy in your homes. We can’t wait to embrace you all. Please, behave conscientiously and support the research of Prof. Mantovani and the Humanitas Foundation for Research.
How many beautiful occasions for intervention.
Well, many projects are still done, but I see more coming. Meanwhile, things seem to be improving here, but it is still early to say that everything is over, we still have to be patient.
A hug to all those who are still in a pandemic right now.
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