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.
- Article by:
- Kate Kennedy
- Representation and memory
As there were war poets, were there also war composers? Dr Kate Kennedy reflects on the role of classical music – by turns morale-raising and commemorative – and its composition among civilians and combatants.