Io vulesse truvà pace, Eduardo's poem set to music by Nu Genea

by Claudia Colella

Eduardo De Filippo, as well as the well-known and incredible playwright we all know, he was also a brilliant author of poems.

Among these, one of the most beautiful, forever engraved in the cultural and poetic baggage of the Neapolitans, is I vulesse truvà pace.

I vulesse truvà peace; but a peace without death. One, mmieze'a so many doors, s'arapesse pe 'campa'! S'arapesse na matina, na matin '' and spring, and arrived until evening without day: 'nzerràte llà! Without hearing cchiù 'a ggente ca you say: I do ..., I say, without hearing your friend ca you veins to cunziglia'. Without hearing the family about you he says: What is it done? Without mentioning that as long as there is cuscience and dignity. Without reading 'o giurnale ...' a nutizia impressive, which is no trouble for 'all of them and nun holds what it does'. Without hearing 'or ductor ca you explain a malatia ..' a recipe 'in the pharmacy ... the fee ch' 'and' a pava '. Without hearing stu core ca you speak 'and Cuncettina, Rita, Brigida, Nannina ... Chesta yes ... Chell'ata no. Sin, in short, you want 'peace and nun hear cchiu' nothing, 'and' a hopes 'ca sulamente ven' 'to death you take'? I vulesse truva 'peace but a peace without death. Una, mmiez '' so many doors s'arapesse pe 'campa'! S'arapesse na matina, na matin '' and spring, and came until '' in the evening without saying ': nzerràte lla'!

What is it about I vulesse truvà pace?

In the verses of I vulesse truvà pace we read the disappointment of Eduardo, who seeks a little peace among the many troubles of daily life.

The author hopes to be able to live in an eternal spring, a season that brings tranquility and peace with it. Peace, the text clarifies, is living without the hassle, without the unsolicited advice of friends, without the inappropriate interests of the family, without the headlines and fake scoops of journalists and without having to consult a doctor.

I vulesse truvà pace it is a request for removal towards all those intrusions that are considered deleterious within life.

Eduardo does not wish to die at all, but hopes to find peace in life.

Eduardo is acting I vulesse truvà pace

Ij vulesse, the musical version of Eduardo's poem

In 2018 the musical duo Nu Genea he set to music the beautiful poem by Eduardo De Filippo, making the text the protagonist of an international success.

The track is contained on the disc New Naples, which draws heavily from the musicality of Neapolitan Power, that mix of funk sounds, jazz disco, arabesque fusion and Neapolitan dialect that, in the 70s and 80s, had Pino Daniele, Tullio De Piscopo, Toni Esposito and the others its most significant exponents. All this is intertwined with the new contemporary sounds, with the rhythms of house and dance music and the result is amazing.

The words of Eduardo di I vulesse truvà pace they are entrusted in the piece “Je vulesse” to the voice of Fabiana Martone, Neapolitan jazz and multiform singer.

The link between Nu Genea and Eduardo De Filippo

It is normal for any Neapolitan artist of the new millennium to feel a sense of gratitude for an artist, actor, playwright of the caliber of Eduardo De Filippo.

Beyond the very high value of its cultural products, Eduardo was a pioneer of innovation, of the possibility of a new type of storytelling, which could use new methods of communication, with new social themes..

It is therefore not surprising the choice to pay homage through a song with modern sounds to one of the most beautiful poems by Eduardo De Filippo, I vulesse truvà pace. But there is more!

The curiosity, in fact, is that the paternal uncle of Massimo Di Lena, one of the two members of Nu Genea, he was part of of the theater company of De Filippo. This is probably the reason for the particular bond that exists between the Neapolitan duo of musicians and the great playwright.

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Francesca Langerano 6 October 2022 - 11:11

Brilliant and unique in the world.

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