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 37 tunebooks.

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Three settings

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:|
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:|
X: 3
T: Italian Rant
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
|:d2dd c2cc|B2BB A4|FGAF B2A2|G3A F4|FGAB G2E2|

Seven 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

Re: Italian Rant

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