Salvatore Di Giacomo

Salvatore Di Giacomo

Salvatore Di Giacomo became a journalist after being made to study medicine, in which he did not excel, and became well-known for his short-stories, published in the Corriere del Mattino, a Neapolitan newspaper where his literary career began and with which he collaborated for 14 years.

He was soon to come out with his first books of poetry in the Neapolitan language, preceded (in 1841) by his first songs. Two were to become his greatest successes:  Marechiaro and Era de Maggio. Within a few years he had written many other songs that became classics of the Neapolitan song. We have selected a few of these for this playlist. Di Giacomo was able to effectively use his poetic sensitivity in writing his lyrics. His writing was certainly educated but naturally popular. This element was to contribute to the extraordinary success of his lyrics, set to music by some of the most important composers of his times. He favored Mario Costa, with whom he produced over thirty songs. Di Giacomo was not only a poet and author of lyrics, but also a playwright.

His most famous plays were  Assunta Spina and ‘O mese mariano, staged many times and of which successful versions for the cinema and television were made. He spent the rest of his career as a librarian working in the libraries of his city: the library of the Conservatory of San Pietro a Maiella (where his maternal grandfather had taught), the University Library and the National Library Vittorio Emanuele III, where he became head librarian before passing away in 1934.

1 - Era De Maggio

Autore: Costa-Di Giacomo

Esecutore: Schipa Tito

Casa discografica: Da matrice 78 giri LA VOCE DEL PADRONE DA-1592

Anno: 1938

2 - Serenata napolitana

Autore: Mario Costa Salvatore Di_Giacomo

Esecutore: Enzo De_Muro Lomanto

Casa discografica: Columbia

3 - Lariula'

Autore: Costa Di_Giacomo

Esecutore: Orchestra Cetra Pippo Barzizza Ebe De_Paulis

Casa discografica: Cetra

4 - A Retirata

Autore: Di Giacomo Costa

Esecutore: Parisi Vittorio

Casa discografica: Phonotype

Anno: 1930

5 - Marechiare

Autore: Di_Giacomo Tosti

Esecutore: Beniamino Gigli Dino Olivieri

Casa discografica: La Voce del Padrone

6 - Canzone A Chiarastella

Autore: Di Giacomo Falvo

Esecutore: De Muro Lomanto Enzo

Casa discografica: Columbia

Anno: 1935

7 - 'E Spingule Frangese

Autore: De Lena Di Giacomo

Esecutore: Murolo Roberto

Casa discografica: Durium

Anno: 1950

8 - Pianefforte 'e Notte

Autore: Schipa-Di Giacomo

Esecutore: Schipa Tito

Casa discografica: Da supporto 78 giri DURIUM

Anno: 1955

9 - 'A sirena

Autore: Di_Giacomo Valente

Esecutore: Orchestra Alberto Semprini Oreste De_Bernardi

Casa discografica: Fonit

10 - Palomma 'e Notte

Autore: Bongiovanni Di Giacomo

Esecutore: Bruni Sergio

Casa discografica: La Voce Del Padrone

Anno: 1954

11 - Luna Nova

Autore: Costa Di Giacomo

Esecutore: De Muro Lomanto Enzo

Casa discografica: Columbia

Anno: 1934

12 - Napulitanata (Uocchie de suonno)

Autore: Di Giacomo-Costa

Esecutore: Schipa Tito

Casa discografica: Da supporto 78 giri LA VOCE DEL PADRONE

Anno: 1955