|You are here: Italian Songs Patriotic La canzone del Piave|
La canzone del Piave
Originally named La Leggenda del Piave, this is one of the most famous Italian patriotic songs, written in June 1918 by Ermete Giovanni Gaeta (known under the pseudonym of E.A. Mario), who donated the copyright on the song. It was sung by tenor Giovanni Martinelli in 1918.
The historical events that inspired the song date back to June 1918 when Austria-Hungary decided to launch a major attack on the Piave front, but was forced to stop because of the flood of the river. Soon after the counter-attack of the Italian Army began; between 2 and 6 July 1918, the 3rd Italian Army occupied the area between the old and the new Piave. During the so-called Battle of the Solstice 84,600 Italians and 149,000 Austro-Hungarians were killed.
Composed immediately after the Solstice battle, the song was soon made known among the troops by singer Enrico Demma (Raffaele Gattordo), and helped restore the morale of the Italians, so much so that General Armando Diaz in a telegram to the author wrote "Your legend of the Piave at the front is worth more than a general".
Il Piave mormorava calmo e placido al passaggio
dei primi fanti il ventiquattro maggio;
l'esercito marciava per raggiunger la frontiera
per far contro il nemico una barriera!
Muti passaron quella notte i fanti,
tacere bisognava e andare avanti.
S'udiva intanto dalle amate sponde
sommesso e lieve il tripudiar de l'onde.
Era un presagio dolce e lusinghiero.
il Piave mormorò: "Non passa lo straniero!"
Ma in una notte trista si parlò di tradimento
E ritornò il nemico per l'orgoglio e per la fame
Indietreggiò il nemico fino a Trieste fino a Trento
The Piave murmured calm and placid at the passing
of the first infantry on May the twenty-fourth;
the army was marching to the frontier
to make a barrier against the enemy!
Silently passed that night the infantry,
be silent was needed and go forward.
Meanwhile, could be heard from the belove banks
light and low the exultation of the waves.
It was a sweet and propitious omen.
The Piave murmured: the foreigner shall not pass!"
But on a sad night they spoke of betrayal
And the enemy returned for pride and hunger
The enemy went back to Trieste, to Trento
|copyright italyworldclub - all rights reserved - contacts|