Music: Umpa Umpa Stuff

Giovinezza, gio-vinezza, Primavera di bellezza, Nel dolore e ne I'ebrezza II tuo canto esultera!*

Exuberantly Mediterranean, dear to the hearts of Young Italy, are these words which open the chorus of the official Fascist anthem. But the accompanying music, though certainly no worse than that of many another patriotic song, is what Variety calls "umpa umpa stuff." It is more singable, more lively than "The Star-Spangled Banner" but immeasurably less musical than "Die Wacht Am Rhein," the Tsarist anthem, or the Haydn tune which the Austrian Empire took for its national hymn....

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