Va' fuori d'Italia, va' fuori, ch'è l'ora,
Va' fuori d'Italia, va' fuori, stranier!*
Thus, prophetically, did the passionate choruses of Garibaldi serenade their Austrian oppressors back in 1866, when most of northern Italy was still under the yoke. Garibaldi's War Hymn lived on as one of the most stirring of Italy's patriotic airs until Mussolini suppressed it in favor of the Fascist Giovinezza.
Last week the son of a Garibaldi veteran decided it was time to sound Garibaldi's hymn again. In a Manhattan radio program to be short-waved to Italy, Arturo Toscanini conducted the NBC Symphony in his own...