Italian Rant reel

Also known as An Italian Rant, Fuggi Fuggi Fuggi, Il Ballo Di Mantova, The Italian Rant, La Mantovana.

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

Italian Rant has been added to 3 tune sets.

Italian Rant has been added to 41 tunebooks.

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Nine settings

1
X: 1
T: Italian Rant
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:ABcd e2e2|f2ed e2e2|d2de c2c2|BABc A4:|
|:a4 g4|^fe^fg e4|e=fed e2 e2|d3e c4|cdec d2 B2|
BcdB c2 A2|ABcd e2e2|f2ed e2e2|d2de c2c2|BABc A4:|
2
X: 2
T: Italian Rant
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
|:GABc d2d2|e2dc d4|c2cd B2Bc|AGAB G4:|
|:g2 gg f2 ff|=ed=ef d4|d_efd e2 d2|c2 cd B4|BcdB c2 A2|
ABcA B2 A2|GABc d2d2|e2dc d4|c2cd B2Bc|AGAB G4:|
3
X: 3
T: Italian Rant
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
DEFG A2AA|B2BB A2AA|G2GG F2GF|E2E2 D4:|
|:d2dd c2cc|B2BB A4|FGAF B2A2|G3A F4|FGAB G2E2|
EFGA F2D2|DEFG A2AA|B2BBA2AA|G2GG F2GF|EDE2 D4:|
4
X: 4
T: Italian Rant
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:EFGA B2B2|c2BA B2B2|A2AB G2G2|FEFG E4:|
|:e4 d4|^cBcd B4|BcBA B2 B2|A3B G4|GABG A2 F2|
FGAF G2 E2|EFGA B2B2|c2BA B2B2|A2AB G2G2|FEFG E4:|
5
X: 5
T: Italian Rant
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
K: F# Minor
|:FGAB c2c2|d2cB c2c2|B2Bc A2A2|GFGA F4:|
|:f4 e4|^dcde c4|cdcB c2 c2|B3c A4|ABcA B2 G2|
GABG A2 F2|FGAB c2c2|d2cB c2c2|B2Bc A2A2|GFGA F4:|
6
X: 6
T: Italian Rant
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fdor
K: C minor
|:CDEF G2G2|A2GF G2G2|F2FG E2E2|DCDE C4:|
|:c4 B4|=AGAB G4|GAGF G2 G2|F3G E4|EFGE F2 D2|
DEFD E2 C2|CDEF G2G2|A2GF G2G2|F2FG E2E2|DCDE C4:|
7
X: 7
T: Italian Rant
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:Bcde f2f2|g2fe f2f2|e2ef d2d2|cBcd B4:|
|:b4 a4|^gfga f4|fgfe f2 f2|e3f d4|defd e2 c2|
cdec d2 B2|Bcde f2f2|g2fe f2f2|e2ef d2d2|cBcd B4:|
8
X: 8
T: Italian Rant
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
DEFG A2AA|B2GB A2AA|G2GG F2GF|E2E2 D2zA|
DEFG A2A/A/A|B2AG GAA2|G2GA FzF2|EDEF D2Ac|
dzd2 c2c2|B2BB A3D|FGAF BBA2|{^F}G2GA F2zE|FGAB G2E2|
EFGA F2D2|DEFG A2dA|BBdBA2A2|G2GA FzF2|{D}E2EA D2zc|
d2d/d/d cz2A|B2DB A3D|FGAF B2A2|{^F}G2BA F2zE|FGAB GGED|
EFGA FFDE|DEFG A2A/A/A|B2DB EBFA|{^F}G2GA FzF2|ED{D}E2 D4|
9
X: 9
T: Italian Rant
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:EFGA B2B2|c2BA B2B2|A2AB G2G2|FEFG E4:|
|:e4 d4|^cBcd B4|BcBA B2 B2|A3B G4|GABG A2 F2|
FGAF G2 E2|EFGA B2B2|c2BA B2B2|A2AB G2G2|FEFG E4:|

Sixteen comments

Italian Rant - Italian indeed

This tune is best known as La Mantovana, notated in (among other sources) Il Solaro by Gasparo Zanetti (fl. 1620s - 1645). John Playford included it in several publications, including later editions of The English Dancing-Master. The first section is also related to the principal theme from Smetana’s ‘The Moldau’ and the Israeli National Anthem ‘Hatikvah’.

Why is it here?

Presumably for 8 reasons

Italian Rant

The tune is shown here as in A minor (no sharps or flats and I stand ready to be corrected) but I think it is more commonly played in G minor. We try to play this in our Four Marks Folk Band Sessions. I am told there is a C part to the tune.

Italian Rant, X:2

I’ve learnt it in G Minor too, from the Steward Hardy CD Hawthorn’s Sweeter Shade.

Italian Rant, X:2

Just edited the second setting as I realised it’s not quite what is being played
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Re: Italian Rant

It would be a strange Irish Trad Session indeed that played the Israeli National Anthem!!!

Re: Italian Rant

Does anyone know the C part?

Re: Italian Rant

I have so much to say about this tune, but I don’t think saying it in English will convey the true meaning of my words, so I shall speak Italian:
👍👏👏🤌👋🙏🖖👋

Re: Italian Rant settings 4, 5, 6 and 7

Just in different keys!
And Annonymous_Piper… 🤌 yes indeed, that sums it all up

Re: Italian Rant

It’s a little rude and more than a little intolerant posting rhetorical questions like “why is it here” in response to non-Celtic music, when a contributor has spent time and effort transcribing, researching and posting an interesting tune. This challenging behaviour often pops up here in response to Southern European tunes, which many Subscribers find stimulating and those accompanying international dancers find useful, given the dearth of transcriptions elsewhere. Bravo Alancorsini for starting this post, and the many who added to our understanding of this fascinating tune

Re: Italian Rant

It’s a fair question, which twelve years later still hasn’t had an answer.

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Re: Italian Rant

Maybe Camael’s answer is to be found in his leaving us 12 years ago

Re: Italian Rant

"It’s a little rude and more than a little intolerant posting rhetorical questions like “why is it here” in response to non-Celtic music, when a contributor has spent time and effort transcribing, researching and posting an interesting tune."
I cannot agree! ‘Interesting’ does not qualify it as an Irish session tune, and that’s what this site is all about. The question is reasonable.

Re: Italian Rant

A lovely tune. Great to find it here, along with several other Playford tunes and loadza Scottish. What a useful resource The Session is. Thank you, Jeremy.