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  Thursday, February 07, 2013, 05:00 PM- 06:00 PM

    There is an abundant and well-known tradition of popular songs in Italy, which describe many aspects of personal and communal life in an often unspecified past. War, and all that comes with it, is one of the most recurrent themes of this repertoire. Specifically, mountain songs reveal the natural scenery that surrounds the people living in the alpine and pre-alpine area, and the physical and spiritual connections be- tween man and land. War songs, in particular, contain a large store of information and speak passionately of the impact that war had on sol- diers, as Viale will try to show in her talk.