February 03

Music conversation

a man sitting on a couch playing a guitar.
A discussion with our teacher Mattia Milone about the meaning of the album by the famous Italian songwriter Fabrizio de André, "Non al denaro non all'amore né al cielo" (1971)

Additional information

We will listen to the album by Fabrizio de André, “Non al denaro non all’amore né al cielo” (1971).

In 1915, the American poet Edgar Lee Masters published Spoon River Anthology, a collection of epitaphs written in verse, which narrate the lives of the deceased residents of an imaginary Middle-American village. In 1943, a young Italian student, Fernanda Pivano –soon to introduce Italian readers to postwar American literature– fell in love with this work. She translated and published it, defying fascist censorship. In 1970, the songwriter Fabrizio De André started composing songs inspired by this beautiful work, and in 1971 the album Non al denaro non all’amore né al cielo was released. Because of the wonderful lyrics and the beautiful melodies, it soon became a milestone in Italian musical production.

Registered students need to follow the link below to listen to the album and they will get a pdf to read the lyrics of each song prior to the meeting.

All levels from Intermediate and up

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+ 10$ nonrefundable registration fee

One hour

6:00 - 7:30 pm
Via Zoom

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Leslie Hughes
“What I like most about participating in a literature class with the Istituto is having classmates with whom to discuss our books. I like hearing their opinions and responding to them. Reading is a great pleasure of mine, but sharing a book makes reading an adventure. With a teacher guiding us we improve our language skills and become more self-confident expressing ourselves. I’m grateful for the opportunity!”
Dennis Abbe
“I have been taking classes at the SFIIS for years because, short of a long stay in Italy, it is the best way to maintain and improve my language skills. But more than that, I enjoy being with the other students and my instructor(s), many of whom are now good friends. In my class we read classic and contemporary Italian literature, and our instructor keeps us up to date on Italian culture and even politics. The experience on Zoom is almost as good as the in-person classes; Barbara is amazing in her use of the tools to run a lively, efficient, and fun class.”
Dede Heitman
“The SFIIS school offers the best, well rounded Italian languages classes in the Bay Area. With native speakers as teachers, the classes provide a comprehensive, natural and fun way of learning. Everyone feels welcome, no matter the level. The teachers are encouraging, entertaining and enthusiastic about their language and culture. As a bonus, I've made life-long friends through SFIIS classes. Please join our Italian language learning community!”
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