'Anthem of the black flames', musical composition dedicated to Luigi Freguglia



This musical composition is dedicated to Luigi Freguglia (1890-1917) who was decorated with a gold Medal for Military Valour. He was part of the Arditi (The Daring Ones), a troop of carefully selected soldiers employed to carry out high-risk operations. These elite troops were also called Black Flames because of the decoration on their jacket collars. The cover of this publication, drawn by Italian illustrator Leopoldo Metlicovitz (1868-1944), shows the typical heroic iconography of a Black Flame soldier: a dagger clenched between the teeth, and a hand grenade. The music, widespread during the war, was later re-used by Italian fascists between the 1920s and 1940s.


La composizione musicale è dedicata a Luigi Freguglia (1890-1917) ,medaglia d'oro al valor militare per il suo eroismo. Fece parte degli Arditi, un reparto scelto di soldati adibiti a imprese ad alto rischio. Queste truppe scelte, per la decorazione sul colletto della giubba, furono chiamate anche “Fiamme nere”. La copertina di questo spartito, disegnata dal famoso illustratore italiano Leopoldo Metlicovitz (1868-1944), mostra la tipica iconografia di un soldato delle “Fiamme nere” con il pugnale fra I denti e una granata in mano.

Full title
Anthem of the black flames
Musical score / Illustration
Leopoldo Metlicovitz
Held by
Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze
Usage terms
Public Domain

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