On the Association of Music and Lyrics in Sung Verse
Edited By Teresa Proto, Paolo Canettieri and Gianluca Valenti
Verse structure and time patterns in the a mutetus extemporary sung poetry of Southern Sardinia
Introduction. A mutetus extemporary sung poetry
The mutetu longu (or briefly: mutetu; plural: mutetus longus) is currently the most important form used by semi-professional poets (called cantadoris) performing poetical duels (known as cantadas; singular: cantada) in Sardinian-Campidanese extemporary poetry.
These contests are usually held as part of the celebrations which take place on the occasion of patronal feasts in the villages in the southern part of Sardinia. In its typical setting, the cantada is performed by four singing poets and three accompanists. In the first section of the cantada (mutetada), the metrical form used is the mutetu longu, and the singing poets are accompanied by a two-part choir (called bàsciu e contra), who use nonsense vocal sounds to support the free rhythm voices of the improvisers. In the second section (versada), the metrical form adopted is the versu, which is much shorter and simpler than the mutetu longu, with accompaniment provided by a guitarist (Figure 1).1 ← 149 | 150 →
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