Serenade by moonlight
A source of inspiration for countless artists, writers and musicians from Beethoven to Debussy, our faithful satellite has always occupied a front-row position even in songs of the past. For the fiftieth anniversary of the first landing - July 20, 1969 - we have selected vintage pieces ranging from the Twenties to the Fifties, representing various facets of the moon, sung about, dreamed about, evoked and admired. A Moon that can be pale, melancholy, silver, green and red. Often exalted by the sea below, which reflects its splendour, sometimes ending up in a river or, worse, in a well. The serenade is the favorite form of songwriters who have chosen to magnify the timeless romanticism associated with the Moon, but the collection also includes danceable pieces, from the fox trot to the tarantella (Luna mezzomare, 1925, is a classic of the Sicilian-American repertoire), nightspot ballads (Luna caprese, 1953), nautical songs (Luna nova was written by Salvatore Di Giacomo), Neapolitan melodies (Luna rossa, Piedigrotta 1950), romanesche (Sotto ar chiaro della luna, Festival di San Giovanni 1935) and others from Sanremo (La luna si veste d’argento, second in 1951). One last vein regards some international standards such as Blue Moon and Green Moon interpreted in Italian and part of the repertoire of many singers in the post-war years.