The origins of singing in choir in Aggius are archaic. In more recent times the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio (1928) said about melodies of our tasgjadori: “It is perhaps the only music, among many I have heard, where you can find a millennial virginity, a music absolutely untouched by outside and barbaric influences “. There aren’t historical data about the origins of our ancient heritage and only in the late nineteenth century, there were the first documented references.
From there I started my narrative to follow the evolution of the choral singing of Aggius, from then until the present day. I believe that the written historical memories are a cultural asset that must be transmitted to the new generations who don’t know anything about our ancient song in the choir and so they may pass very little on future generations. It was my arduous, long-suffering and patient work, which took time and effort, and I hope that the result will be useful for the protection and the preservation of our singing heritage.
I express gratitude and appreciation to my fellow villagers Tonino Cassoni, Gabriele Serra, Dorabile Tola, Tonino Carta who, telling unpublished anecdotes, incidents and directly experienced events, have helped to give, to what has been told, a historical vision. I count among these dear friends Luciano Biancareddu that during the writing of the book is passed to a better life. I also thank those who have helped me to make more interesting my work about the chorus of Aggius, giving me various printed materials and vintage photographs where the moments lived by the protagonists are set.
Special and cordial thanks to my nephew Simone Sanna that with his active and practical help has guaranteed the best end of that journey.
I frequently referred to the book “Pietro Sanna. His life, his works. Chronicle of his time” because in the 2nd part of it there is a good and documented discussion about the history of the first two choirs of Aggius.
Vittoria Lùcia Sanna
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