Vincenzo Avallone

Sinfonia, “Entrata in Napoli”

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Vincenzo Avallone was a musician and in 1902 founded the local band, the Banda dell'Associazione San Gennaro, and financed the instruments and uniforms.

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Sin­fo­nia “Entra­ta in Napoli”
Vin­cen­zo Aval­lone (1863–1834)
Mod­ern edi­tion by David Whitwell (1937–)

Date: 1878
Instru­men­ta­tion: Con­cert Band
Dura­tion: 9:50
Lev­el: 5


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Sin­fo­nia, “Entra­ta in Napoli”

Vin­cen­zo Aval­lone was born in the vil­lage of Pan­za, on the Ischia Island off the coast of Naples, on Octo­ber 26, 1863 and died in Pan­za in 1934. He became a Catholic priest with the title, “Cap­pel­lano dela con­gre­ga San­tis­si­ma Annun­zi­a­ta di Pan­za.” He also taught at the pri­ma­ry school, which is named after him, hav­ing giv­en the land for the build­ing of this school. He was also a musi­cian and in 1902 found­ed the local band, the Ban­da dell’Associazione San Gen­naro, and financed the instru­ments and uni­forms.

The band ceased to exist dur­ing World War I but reor­ga­nized after the war as the Ban­da Auro­ra Cit­tà di Pan­za. The peri­od of Fas­cism fell over Italy under Mus­soli­ni dur­ing 1922–1943 and for this peri­od infor­ma­tion is dif­fi­cult to find. It does appear, how­ev­er, that in 1927 Aval­lone was severe­ly per­se­cut­ed by the Fas­cists and was the vic­tim of a phys­i­cal attack by mem­bers of that polit­i­cal par­ty and which left him par­a­lyzed in one leg and in one arm.

My guess is that this very inter­est­ing band com­po­si­tion by Aval­lone was com­posed between 1922 and 1926. The title refers to a tun­nel, also known as the Bour­bon Tun­nel, a geo­graph­i­cal fea­ture long asso­ci­at­ed with Naples which was based on a series of con­nect­ing aque­ducts dat­ing at least to the 17th cen­tu­ry and per­haps much ear­li­er. The tun­nel served dur­ing sub­se­quent years as an escape route from the city and in mod­ern times as an air raid shel­ter.

PERFORMANCE PRACTICE

The “Can­non” part which appears from time to time in the bass drum part reflects the cer­e­mo­ni­al can­nons one would have heard on impor­tant occa­sions in the Bay of Naples. I would rec­om­mend these indi­vid­ual effects be per­formed by anoth­er bass drum, per­haps with hard­er mal­let heads, off-stage.