chours “Monte Peralba” began in 1967 in San dona’ di Piave, a
small town, some twenty five miles north-east of Venice, on the river
Piave with a programme of folk songsof the alpine repertoire. To make
a batter link with the mountain environment which many members of the
chours greatly love, the chours choose its name from the river Piave’
s source, the Peralba mountain.
story of a group of people tied up with a common interest to stay
together during the rehersal hours- twice a week-the love for the not
chain and all mountains in general and the folk songs written about
them. Obviously, being the mother land a venecian territory, the
local songs telling about venice and its lagoon, is also a part of
the above mentioned interest.
the chours began to sing, almost every body sang by imitation. Ever
since its menbers never lost the genuine zest, when spontaneity and
semplicity did replace a good deal of the vocal proficiency.
Nevertheless it was capable of producing a good feeling with
sing and to tell ordinary stories of every day’s life. The chours
is identifyed by the above mentioned verbs couple. Soon that becomes
a cultural proposal.
the very begining the strong bond with the native land, with the
Piave riversacred to the nation-that passed the town; such a bitter
land at least till the early sixties of the past century that
impossed to work with a great efford to struggle poorness, and yet
capable to nurris a genuine frienship and solidarity, enable people
to perform heroic acts (reference
is made to the alluviuns of Longarone / Belluno, October 1963 and
venice with its district November 1966).
this was the mainstay of the original repertorie arranged by maestro
vincenzo vallese, with the cooperation of the entire group. What
characterizes the Monte Peralba chours was and still is the
involvment of all its members not only the artistic director to
designe the repertorie and the accomplishment of the various
the first home concert, one wanded to sound the answer of the public
of important cities such venice and Padua. The response was positive.
The festival of crusone-first international contact - gives the
opportunity to a comparison with others musical environments. the
Aosta valley and others transalpine groups.
synthesis of the firts ten years of activity is well represented by
the earlier recording that is acepted with warmth and enthusiasm by
the public. A confirmation that the chours has been able to raise a
good dialog with its fans.
chours 4th paragraph. The comunicative style as well as
the organizing phase are by now well estestablished. The chours allow
itself to produce other experences.the first tour in west Germany
came about from the need to strenghten the yoke with the emigrants
from our region, the Veneto, and at the same time it is the outcome
of the first recording.
group leave load of enthusiasm, ready to face a callenge with itself
but is aware that its musical proposition is going to be judged by a
competent and a demanding public. Salzburg/Austria, bad reichenall
and Gelsenkirchen/Germany, la Calamie/Belgium. the above mentioned
cities will soon enter into the “friendly dictionary” of the
chours, but at first impact they were rather alarm ing names.
results are excellents : people do understand the stories that the
chours tells, with interest. They require to listen to them again.
They feel involved and applaud without hesitation . The warmth of the
various audiences is obvious. The tours abroad are going to become
one of the more distinctive activity of Monte Peralba chours that can
be qualified as “singing messenger” of the city of San Dona’ di
Piave and, also, inspiringtestimonial of cultural exchanges ever more
intenses and significants.
concidence the five hundredth of the foundation of the city of San
Dona’ (1979) the chours introduced a new series of initiative that
thank to them its story could be well distingueshed.
such an occasion the chorus organize a first meeting of folk songs to
whom various groups attended. Ever since the city folk songs
exibitions will follow with a certain frequency. Hospitality was
extended to foreign groups too, to offer the public a musical culture
of other countries. A remarkable organizing engagement. One makes
acqistances which common aim is to sing and to tell its own stories
with the awarenessthat each one of us has an original story to
is a pleasure to provide hospitality and it is our commitment to give
opportunities for our guests to exspress themselves. Each annual tour
gives the chance to explore and discover different aspects of
European heritage and culture. The choir have seen and experienced
the good and bad of European history
such as the visit to dachau concentration camp. The team did not have
heart to sing there. Other were the thoughts... memories grow. The
family album get richer. The logistic autonomy when on tour is one of
the strong point of the organization: the chours must never running
out of food as well as of wine, nor of cheerfulness.
During the 1986 tournèe, the
chours make a stop over in Strasbourg/France andrm receive a kind of
official european recognition. The team is greeted in the seat of the
European Parliament to exchange memorial plaques with senator Marcel
Rudolff, lordmayor of the city. In September of the same year in the
cathedral of San Donà di Piave the french chours “Ensemble
Vocale Universitaire de Strasbourg is hosted. A nice opportunity for
the entire citizenship.
In 1987 a new tour in Europa is carryed
out by the chours.
For an unprofessional group, twenty
years is a real long time, especialy considering the numerous
uninterupted presences of which the chours can pride itself. The tour
to Sakzburg and Bad Reichenall/Austria can be considered as a special
prize for those chours members with twenty years of service and...
incentive for the others.
A year later the third recording is
made out of a compilation of folk songs. The songs selection is made
following two requirements: a) technical- artistic, to highlight the
expressive qualities achieved by the chours, b) cultural, for having
granted voice to various experiences of different provenance,
disparate tongues and to promote tolerance and soilidarity among
That is, on the other hand, the cencept
the chours now brings throughout the Veneto Region, Italy, Europe,
introducing a strong bond of relationship and sympaty that is
mainteined and renewed itself as years go by.
At this point each tour resembles
always more to the return to one's country of old friends. Obviously
it's during the concert that the caring reach it's peak. One also
lives moments of particular sensation organizing all
togheter a charity lottery and various shows.
In France as in Germany, the atmosphere
that one can breath around the chours is always agreeable. One can
feel the temperature of a warm friendship in all actions the chours
does : the singing in a concert and perhaps even more after it when
all the people are involved, not only the one timed italian
emigrants, but the native too. The common dining after each
performance gladdens everybody's heart, giving a kind of fulfilment
after every day duties. And again the pleasure to know each other.
A new recording is made, the fourth. It
is greet with notable interest. The vocals words have been reproduced
in other languages. Apparently the new technical-artistic look do
meet with the public aproval. It is an excellent incentive to each
chorister to work the more he can do. The twentyfifth anniversary of the
setting up of the chours (1992) is celebrated with another tour :
Villeneuve in the Aosta Valley, Geneva/ Switzerland, Offenburg,
Lahr/Germany. The important anniversary is also enphasized by a
photographic showing off to which a lot of people attended to.
Friends and passionated supporters of folk song chant.
The continuos study technical-artistic
of maestro Berrnardino Zanetti along with the steadfastness of the
entire chours management to promote the choral singing actitity, in
October 1996 is awarded by the prestigious” Enrico Segattini
“cultural and musical club with the appreciation fou the chours
activeness in favour of music.
After thirty years the Monte Peralba
chours do present it self with the usual freshness, along with a
decided reassuring maturity. When people is sharing simples but
important values, one can do remarkable things. With such a convincement the chours
produce a new recording, giving preference to the more revealing
pieces of our Veneto folk culture.
Stories that come from the far past and
bring about faraway. Like the Piave river coming down from its
source, the Peralba Montain, runs towards to its mouth more and more
convinced that without his contribution the sea could not support the
dream of whom has other horizons to discover. This is our unpretentious convincement:
they say that the discovering of the world is over. With our chant
would we like to concur to the finding of the infinite armonies of
the human being.