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Il Silencio – Neapolitan cavalry call from Italy

October 15th, 2010

Music student Melissa Venema plays Il Silenzio by trumpet composer Nini Rosso. It is an Neapolitan cavalry call from Italy (see p. 540 in the article “The Trumpet in Camp and Battle” from The Century Magazine, vol. 34, 1898 (very interesting article online). It also shows how the US call Tattoo (now to be played 15 minutes before Taps as a warning call), the longest US call in the book, is actually a combination of the British and French calls for “lights out” with a distinctly American tag or coda at the end. It is interesting to note that this particular article does mention Taps (but not by name), a relatively new call in 1898, as it was supposedly composed by Union General Dan Butterfield one night during a lull in the fighting during the Civil War. He dictated/sang it to his bugler and his adjutant wrote down the musical notation. The truth is, nobody seems to really know exactly where taps came from.

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23 Responses to “Il Silencio – Neapolitan cavalry call from Italy”

  1. comment number 1 by: pacovanje

    ontos anatrixiastiko. to problima einai pos ta sygklonistika synaisthimata exoyn ditto xaraktira. exo paei strato ego kai ksero..

  2. comment number 2 by: 58rick1

    incredible !fenomenal !fantastic!

  3. comment number 3 by: AxelFoley1987

    nagyon gratula ,csodálatos:))

  4. comment number 4 by: MacOverPc1

    Wonderful sound, just excellent. Wish i could have played at half her caliber when i was in school.

  5. comment number 5 by: kisratting

    @donorvadasz szúrám.. 😀 xD Neem amúgy tényleg jól nyomja:)

  6. comment number 6 by: amigkas

    Εξαιρετικό πραγματικά αλλά όποτε το ακούω νυστάζω…

  7. comment number 7 by: grahupa

    Boże jakie to piękne:.)

  8. comment number 8 by: dachoakley


  9. comment number 9 by: Rennmattes

    Gänsehaut Pur………

  10. comment number 10 by: leojoryz

    She is Vanessa Menema and have only 13 year!. She born in Masstritch, Holand.

  11. comment number 11 by: senseofmeaning

    realy beautiful

  12. comment number 12 by: donorvadasz

    14 éves basszus

  13. comment number 13 by: kakadu70


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  15. comment number 15 by: CapduBerger

    very nice

  16. comment number 16 by: SCOTCHSOLACE

    Very, very nice!!! Beautiful tone as well!!! Thank you for posting this!

  17. comment number 17 by: bsps98

    O M G!!!

  18. comment number 18 by: paulboon

    hello again imeant nino rosso not rossi sorry

  19. comment number 19 by: paulboon

    i can remember this back in 1965 being a big hit for the italian trumpeter nino rossi i was 14 back then its so nice to hear it played so lovely by someone so young and talented best wishes all paul boon uk

  20. comment number 20 by: benjee9

    so good what can I say don’t stop that kind of music

  21. comment number 21 by: DobraDavid

    Allegedly, she’s a 14 year-old music student. 😉

  22. comment number 22 by: manfred1940

    Who is this talented girl? She is absolutely amazing!!!

  23. comment number 23 by: slbabcock

    Very well done.

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