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Eduardo di Capua

1865 - October 3, 1917
born in Naples, Italy, composed during the Romantic period
Eduardo di Capua composed some of the most famous Neapolitan songs, including "O Sole Mio," "Santa Lucia Luntana," and "Torna a Surriento." He studied at the San Pietro Conservatory in Majilla, and an 1887 encounter with the poet Cinquegrana inspired him to write his first songs. It wasn't in Italy but on a trip to Odessa in 1898 when he composed "O Sole Mio." This would become an unofficial, romantic Italian anthem, never more so than during the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp. The conductor of the band couldn't find the music to the actual Italian national anthem, so instead he played "O Sole Mio."

Di Capua's reputation was posthumously clouded somewhat in 2004, when a Torino judge ruled that Alfredo Mazzucchi (1878-1972) was entitled to be listed as co-author of "O Sole Mio" and 18 other di Capua songs. Until then, Mazzucchi had been regarded as a mere transcriber or assistant who sat at the piano helping di Capua notate the music. The judge ruled that Mazzucchi's contribution to the creative process was "indistinguishable" from di Capua's, and new editions of sheet music are reflecting that ruling in their author credits. ~ James Reel, Rovi
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Comments

thsluv2run
Could listen to them all day
Absolutely lovely
Bravissimo!
martin41297
The judge was wrong,just like the umpires in a base-ball game.
This freaked me out This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in the next ten minutes, you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out, if you break this chain you will see a little dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
It is the voice of gigli. That. Makes this so wonderful
O Sole Mio is definitely an excellent Italian Anthem, being that Italy is
sometimes dubbed as the Sunshine Country.
riders_60
Love her voice and one of my favorite songs...
jgonzalez_48
Im not Italian, but no need to be to love this beautiful song!
it just takes me away...so wonderful
Ahhhhhh, my heart!
kakajean
amazing!
pauloausa
this song is a true state of "singing from the heart" is all about...
you feel it when you sing it, and when you listen to it...
just incredible
witten7
Beautiful song
just amazing!!!
My thoughts turn instantly to Italy!

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