Santa Lucia


Words & Music: Traditional Italian

Arranged by: Merv Rowley



Santa-Lucia-map.jpg (8745 bytes)There is a coastal district in the city of Napoli (Naples), Italy called Santa Lucia. It was named in honor of a religious martyr who died in Syracuse, Sicily on December 16, about 350 A.D. In the early Christian Church of Rome she became revered as the patron saint of light, and of the blind.


 In 1835, Italian verses were first written as merely the thoughts of aSanta-Lucia-Night-time.jpg (43158 bytes) boatman, describing the beauty of the night scenery of this Neopolitan area, and of the moon reflected upon the sea. We also hear of the magic feelings experienced from watching the boats, softly sailing before the gentle breezes.


These lyrics were set to a traditional Italian folk tune written many years earlier. The song was eventually sung and recorded by the famous Italian tenor, Enrico Caruso, and its popularity soon spread worldwide. Today, the song is loved and sung in several languages, including Italian, English, Swedish and German. Many Americans recall this beautiful song from music classes in grammar school and from hearing it performed by vocal groups, even today.




Santa-Lucia.jpg (14861 bytes)Those of German, Swedish or Norwegian ancestry can recall that Saint Lucy Day has long been observed in Europe to commemorate the day of the winter solstice and the beginning of longer days of sunshine. This celebration later became a religious observance similar to that of Christmas.


Ordinarily, there might be no connection whatsoever between Santa Lucia Day and our song selection, other than the name of Santa Lucia (or “Saint Lucy”). Apparently, however, both the Germans and the Swedish eventually composed verses for songs in honor of this “patron saint of Light”, using the exact music of the Italian song! More can be read of this short history from the links posted below.





Santa Lucia.pdf


Santa Lucia.tef



Santa Lucia.JPG



Santa Lucia.MID





What is MORE???  Ensemble playing!


With folks getting more interested in arrangements for "playing with others" we thought you might enjoy adding parts to Merv's lovely arrangement of Santa Lucia above. In the files listed below, Ruth has arranged a second dulcimer part to provide harmony, and Suzanne has added a mandolin part.  





SantaLucia_3-part.tef - 2 dulcimers and mandolin




SantaLucia_2 part.pdf - 2 dulcimers


SantaLucia 3 part.pdf - 2 dulcimers and mandolin




SantaLucia-2Dulcimers.mid  - 2 dulcimers


SantaLucia-Dulcimer1.mid "dulcimer 1" melody


SantaLucia-Dulcimer2.mid - "dulcimer 2" harmony



 SantaLucia_3-part.mid - 2 dulcimers and mandolin




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If you do not have the Tabledit program, please click on the TablEdit banner to download a free .tef reader program.  It includes the ability to play this song at a slower speed (great for learning). TablEdit is a program for creating, editing, printing and listening to tablature and sheet music (standard notation) for fretted, stringed instruments.

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