Souvenir Music from the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893

7. Santa Lucia

Traditional Neapolitan, arr. G. Valisi

“Santa Lucia” dates from at least the early 19th century. Its original lyrics refer to the Santa Lucia waterfront district of Naples, a languid boat ride there in a cool evening. One of the popular attractions at the Fair was the gondola rides in the main lagoon, and these songs perhaps reminded visitors of this.

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Performers: Chris White, piano; Kate Carter, violin.