2023 – Lost Tapes Vol. 17 Quirino Maiani e la Banda di Francavilla Fontana (Angapp Music - It)

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Title: Lost Tapes Vol. 17 Quirino Maiani e la Banda di Francavilla Fontana
Group: Banda Città di Francavilla Fontana
Year: 1959-1979 © 2023
Graphic: 3Heads Agency
Text: Pierfrancesco Galati
Recorder: Aldino Miceli, Franco Leo, Raifon Trieste, Vincenzo Ippolito e Umberto Attanasi – Damiano Pentassuglia Archive
Discover, digitalization, sound track selection, editing: Livio Minafra e Pierfrancesco Galati
Mastering and restoration sound engineer: Gianluca Caterina
Label: Angapp Music – It
Produced by: Livio Minafra

The instrumental reform of the late 1800s by Campano Alessandro Vessella effectively established the core composition of the Band par excellence. However, in the early 1900s, the Apulian Ernesto Abbate promoted the symphonic march, thus opening the door to an endless repertoire of marches that would develop over the decades. Additionally, he had the audacious idea of bringing reasoned potpourris of the most relevant parts of an Opera to the squares for everyone to enjoy. Following in the footsteps of Ernesto Abbate in Squinzano, Lecce, is his brother Gennaro. In 1945, amidst the ruins of infrastructure and human lives, the Band immediately resumed its activities with the elderly Gennaro Abbate at the helm. Quirino Maiani, a soloist from the very beginning, played a crucial role from 1945 to 1946, followed by Salvatore Saetta from 1948 to 1961. For these symbolic reasons, we have chosen to associate Saetta and Maiani, epic voices of an era and witnesses of the Band and the Abbate family.

Livio Minafra and Pierfrancesco Galati, December 16, 2022


Quirino Maiani was born in Secinaro, in the province of L’Aquila, in 1917. He studied trumpet under the guidance of Maestro Francesco Giannangeli and became a soloist on the flugelhorn in his hometown band at the age of twelve. In 1931, he played in the band of Barisciano (Aquila); later, in 1934, he became the concert flugelhorn player in the band of Sulmona, conducted by Maestro Gino Di Nizio. He later won a competition to play in the Carabinieri Band of Rome. After the end of the Second World War, he joined the historic band of Chieti. In the biennium 1945-46, he served as the concert flugelhorn player in the historic band of Squinzano under the leadership of the great Maestro Gennaro Abbate. From there, he moved to Montemesola (under the direction of Maestro Domenico Petillo) and then to the cities of Lanciano (conducted by Nicola Centofanti), Manduria (with Rodolfo Mazzei at the helm), Casalanguida in Abruzzo (directed by Angelo Basilico D’Annunzio), and Formia (with Maestro Salvatore Serra). In 1953, he was awarded the gold medal of the Military Order of the Knights of Concordia by the Ministry of Grace and Justice. In 1957, he took on the role of concert flugelhorn player in the band of Castellana Grotte under the direction of Maestro Serra, before moving to the Lecce Band, conducted by the prestigious Maestro Alfredo D’Ascoli. The following year, he became the concert flugelhorn player of the Francavilla Fontana band, allowing him a long stay there. During his twenty-one years in Francavilla Fontana, he distinguished himself under the direction of Maestros Salvatore Serra, his daughter Alba, Michele Lufrano, and Raffaele Miglietta. On April 20, 1959, ANBIMA, in collaboration with Rai-TV, organized a competition among the major brass bands to award the Golden Flugelhorn Prize. The competition took place during the broadcast of Radio Rai Ventiquattresima Ora, hosted by the unforgettable Mario Riva. In addition to the brass band from Francavilla Fontana, there were also brass bands from Pescara, conducted by Domenico Paris Terra, and Corato, under the direction of Raffaele Miglietta. The piece chosen by the Francavilla Fontana Band, performed by our Maiani in a packed Piazza della Vittoria in Taranto, was the delirium from Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. The jury, composed of Domenico Fantini, Antonio Fuselli, Giulio Andrea Marchesini, Giovanni Orsomando, Francesco Gioffreda, Reginaldo Capparelli, and Pietro Mussi, after a lengthy deliberation, announced the verdict, which was announced by Mario Riva on the radio: “The Brass Band of Francavilla Fontana, with soloist Quirino Maiani, has won the Flicornino D’Oro, Golden Flugelhorn!” From 1963 to 1982, he taught in the music orientation courses funded by the State through ANBIMA. Alfonso Toma, also a flugelhorn soloist, described Maiani as a “true and authentic virtuoso. He had an exceptional intonation, very clean, expressive, and technical.” In 1980, the city of Francavilla Fontana dedicated an evening in his honor, and during the floral tribute, there was a symbolic passing of the torch from Maiani to Ciliberti, as the worthy successor as the flugelhorn player of the Francavilla Fontana band. In 1982, for his artistic merits, he was knighted by the President of the Republic, Sandro Pertini. Quirino Maiani passed away on June 30, 1988.

Pierfrancesco Galati, musicologist


“Elegant and of fine presence. An honest soloist in his musical expressions, endowed with a sound rich in vibration, beautiful, and in tune. I remember the ceremony organized by the Francavilla Fontana Band Committee for the changing of the guard. Maiani handed me his flugelhorn; it was 1980, and he had just retired, and I was taking over for the continuation of the musical activity. Different times, education, and respect for what was done and what music represented.”

 Vincenzo Ciliberti, sopranino flugelhorn soloist


Vincenzo Ciliberti e Quirino Maiani 1980

Vincenzo Ciliberti and Quirino Maiani, 1980

Maestro's Bio

Salvatore Serra

Salvatore Serra. Born on February 3, 1910, in Soleto, in the province of Lecce, in 1910, after graduating in composition and instrumentation for a band at the “S. Cecilia” Conservatory in Rome, he attended numerous courses for musical improvement. He served as a conductor and conductor for various bands: the Conversano band, where he was the assistant to the famous Giuseppe Piantoni; the Formia band (Lt) from 1949 to 1953; the Castellana Grotte band from 1956 to 1957, and finally, the Francavilla Fontana band. On June 24, 1949, during the celebrations of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of the city of Formia, the band of the city of Conversano, under the direction of Piantoni, with Serra as the assistant conductor, was called to perform. From that moment, he decided to move to Formia, where he lived on Via della Forma in the glassworks building, and where he began to establish, with the help of a local committee, a second band called “City of Formia,” in addition to the existing “Cesidio Carestia” band directed by Maestro Umberto Scipione. Maestro Serra also took on the responsibility of purchasing musical instruments, and the initial rehearsals were held in the premises of the Suio baths. The first concert was performed on September 18, 1950, in Guglielmo Marconi Square, which is now known as Santa Teresa Square. It was an extraordinary success reported by the newspapers of the time. In 1961, Maestro Salvatore Serra led the Grand Band Concert of Francavilla Fontana to be awarded the gold medal by the Provincial Tourism Board of Rome for the service rendered in the capital on May 23 and 24 of the same year. He composed magnificent pieces for the band, including symphonic marches and symphonic poems, unfortunately, they fell into oblivion and were no longer performed. Under his direction, the Francavilla Fontana band achieved great fame and had numerous successes on tours in major cities across Italy. From June 29 to July 10, 1958, they performed a series of concerts in the historic and glorious “Ruffini” cloister in San Remo: local newspapers, including Il Popolo Ligure and Il Secolo XIX, praised the band’s performances, with even the Rinnovo Cittadino stating that the Francavilla band concert was “one of the most esteemed in Italy.” He passed away on October 28, 1965: his funeral was a grand triumph, a majestic and vast gathering of people who, to the mournful sound of Nino Ippolito’s Requiem march, mourned the man who had elevated the city’s band concert to great heights.

Alba Serra e la Banda di Francavilla Fontana (Brindisi) nel 1965

Alba Serra was the second case in Italy of a female orchestra and band conductor. She was born in Rome on September 23, 1938, and graduated in piano from the “Giovanni Paisiello” Conservatory in Taranto, performing Felix Mendelssohn’s Rondò Capriccioso for her final exam. Before embarking on her career as a band conductor, she led the children’s band at the “S. Antonio” Orphanage in Oria and later joined her father in leading the bands in Formia, Castellana Grotte, and, of course, Francavilla Fontana. She permanently replaced her father as the leader of the Francavilla band in 1965. The baritone flugelhorn player of the Francavilla band during those years, Nino Ippolito, dedicated his symphonic march “Albarella” to the young conductor. Her future stops included the cities of Salice Salentino, Brindisi, Mesagne, and Carovigno, many of which featured lyric-symphonic concerts, characterized by the presence of singers. She currently resides in Rome.

Michele Lufrano a Francavilla Fontana (Brindisi)

Maestro Michele Lufrano was born on April 20, 1915, in S. Arcangelo di Potenza. He directed his interests towards music, pursuing specific studies that enabled him to become a skilled soprano flugelhorn soloist and to join various bands, including the prestigious one in Squinzano, led by Gennaro Abbate. His admiration for Abbate, but above all, his desire to learn and improve, were the driving forces that led him to meticulously transcribe his master’s entire repertoire. In 1938, he became the conductor of the band in his hometown and of the II Infantry Regiment – Arezzo Division. Around the 1940s, he conducted the Roccanova band, followed by the one in Valsinni. Later, he embarked on composition studies by correspondence with the renowned conductor Giovanni Orsomando, interspersed with periodic personal meetings in Caserta. After leading the Carovigno band concert in 1951, he was called to Squinzano as the substitute conductor for Gennaro Abbate. The maestro’s future stops included the cities of Lanciano, Conversano, Lanciano once again, Castellana Grotte, and Mottola. Despite the loss of his wife, he continued to conduct with diligence and expertise, leading the band concerts in Squinzano, “Ferruccio Burco,” as well as in the Abruzzo Region, Chieti, Gravina di Puglia, and Manduria. The last band ensemble he conducted was in the city of Teano, where he served for seventy-five days. During his extended stay in Molfetta, he gave music lessons to Riccardo Muti, who later rose to worldwide fame as a conductor of renowned orchestras. He always refused to stay in hotels and instead slept in accommodations with his fellow musicians. Between Christmas and New Year’s in 1996, he experienced a sudden spike in blood sugar levels that led to his hospitalization. He was admitted to the “Monte Imperatore” healthcare facility, where he passed away in Noci due to a heart attack on February 17, 1996, at eleven in the morning. He left behind a lasting legacy in our memory, including numerous marches for bands, various symphonic poems, and several operatic transcriptions.

Raffaele Miglietta

Raffaele Miglietta was born in Francavilla Fontana on February 21, 1919. He graduated in Clarinet, Composition, Banda Instrumentation and Choral Singing from the “S. Cecilia” Conservatory in Rome. Initiated to the banda direction by maestro Antonio D’Elia (among other things, historical adapter of Respighi’s Pini di Roma for Banda), he began his career as a banda conductor conducting in Carosino (Taranto). Later he moved to Tuglie (Lecce) to lead the local banda. After the Second World War in 1951 he profitably got on top of the Banda di Corato. It is said that in 1961, on the occasion of the election of President J.F. Kennedy, Miglietta wrote and recorded a march titled Kennediana, which he then sent to the United States. Vincenzo Ciliberti says: “The luck was that in the summer of ’62 Mrs. Kennedy came to Italy on vacation and our banda was on the Amalfi coast for a party. In agreement with the committee we went to Ravello where the First Lady was staying and we played the composition live. Then the greeting from the lady, with the promise of organizing a tour in America. Everything went up in smoke for the assassination of the President”. However, the experience of Corato lasted until 1972 and then he moved in the following two years to lead the Banda di Montefalcione (Av) taking the position of Vincenzo Alise. In 1975 the Maestro recomposed the Banda di Acquaviva delle Fonti without the patronage of the municipal administration, to direct it also in the years ’77 and ’78 spaced out with a brief return to Corato in 1976. The future stop was in his Francavilla Fontana, where it seems he brought a large number of instrumentalists from Ruvo di Puglia and Corato and where he remained until 1982 before being replaced by Michele Santaniello. Later he directed the Banda di Trani which had Vito La Selva as tour representative and coordinator. Nino Farì wanted him in 1987 as the master of the reconstruction of the “Classico Concerto Bandistico Schipa – D’Ascoli Città di Lecce”. He was a conductor in Lecce until 1988 and then moved to the podium of the Banda di Bisceglie. The association with the soloists Vincenzo Ciliberti, sopranino flugelhorn, Cataldo Valerio, tenor flugelhorn and Cataldo Maggiulli on the baritone flugelhorn, nicknamed in the squares “Trio delle Meraviglie” [trio of wonders], in the same years as the homonymous football trio Gullit-Rijkaard-Van Basten, is historic. The pieces he usually preferred to conduct in the cassarmonica were the “Preludes” by Liszt, “Gioconda”, “Lucia di Lammermoor” and the symphonic poem “Carri Armati” by Giulio Andrea Marchesini. Finally, among other works, he instrumented for banda Don Checco, comic opera by Nicola De Giosa and Verdi’s Attila. He died on December 5, 1994.

Musicians, years, bandas


  Excerpt Time Soloists Banda Maestro Date Place/Fest
1. Turandot – In questa reggia by Giacomo Puccini and arranged by Gennaro Abbate 5:16 Maiani Francavilla Fontana Raffaele Miglietta April 23, 1979 San Giorgio Jonico (Ta) – Festa San Giorgio Martire
2. Turandot – Tu che di gel sei cinta + Liù sorgi by Giacomo Puccini and arranged by Gennaro Abbate 4:46 Maiani idem idem idem San Giorgio Jonico (Ta) – Festa San Giorgio Martire
3. Turandot – Tu che di gel sei cinta + Liù sorgi *** by Giacomo Puccini and arranged by Salvatore Serra 4:02 Maiani idem Alba Serra April 29, 1965 Avetrana (Ta) – Festa di San Biagio
4. Turandot – Romanza di Liù *** by Giacomo Puccini and arranged by Salvatore Serra 2:24 Quirino Maiani

sopranino flugelhorn

idem idem idem idem
5. Carmen – Les tringles des sistres tintaient @ by George Bizet arranged by Michele Lufrano 3:52 Maiani idem Michele Lufrano 1978 Frosolone (Molise)
6. Cenerentola – Non più mesta # by Gioacchino Rossini arranged by Michele Lufrano 5:06 Maiani idem idem idem /
7. Barbiere di Siviglia – Una voce poco fa by Gioacchino Rossini and arranged by Ernesto Abbate 7:16 Maiani idem Raffaele Miglietta April 23, 1979 San Giorgio Jonico (Ta) – Festa San Giorgio Martire
8. Don Checco – Terzetto Don Checco Fiorina e Carletto * by Nicola De Giosa arranged by Ernesto Abbate/Raffaele Miglietta 8:04 Maiani,

Franco Leo

tenor trombone,

Antonio Salvatorelli baritone flugelhorn

idem idem 1979 /
9. Don Checco – Sento l’alma a tal idea * by Nicola De Giosa arranged by Ernesto Abbate/Raffaele Miglietta 4:56 Maiani idem idem idem /
10. Rigoletto – Caro nome *** by Giuseppe Verdi arranged by Michele Lufrano 6:47 Maiani idem Michele Lufrano 1975-77 /
11. Rigoletto – Quartetto *** by Giuseppe Verdi arranged by Michele Lufrano 6:02 Maiani,

Vincenzo Bisanti or Luigi Schito soprano flugelhorn,

Pasquale Comune tenor trombone,

Nino Ippolito baritone flugelhorn

idem idem idem /
12. Rigoletto – V’ho ingannato… Lassù in cielo *** by Giuseppe Verdi arranged by Michele Lufrano 4:34 Maiani,

Nino Ippolito baritone flugelhorn

idem idem idem /
13. Trovatore – Tacea la notte placida + Di tale amor che dirsi # by Giuseppe Verdi arranged by Michele Lufrano 5:06 Maiani idem Michele Lufrano 1978 /
14. Trovatore – Miserere # by Giuseppe Verdi arranged by Michele Lufrano 5:28 Maiani,

unknown tenor flugelhorn

idem idem idem /
15. Trovatore – Duetto del Conte e Leonora # by Giuseppe Verdi arranged by Michele Lufrano 6:22 Maiani,

Nino Ippolito baritone flugelhorn

idem idem idem /
16. Traviata – Libiamo * by Giuseppe Verdi arranged by Ernesto Abbate 2:33 Maiani,

Franco Leo

tenor trombone

idem Raffaele Miglietta 1979 /
17. Traviata – Dite alla giovine si bella e pura * by Giuseppe Verdi arranged by Ernesto Abbate 2:54 Maiani,

Franco Leo

tenor trombone

idem idem 1979 /
18. Traviata – Amami Alfredo * by Giuseppe Verdi arranged by Ernesto Abbate 3:01 Maiani,

Salvatore Torraco clarinet

idem idem idem /
19. Traviata – Alfredo, Alfredo di questo core * by Giuseppe Verdi arranged by Ernesto Abbate 4:26 Maiani,

Franco Leo

tenor trombone

idem idem idem /
20. Delirio della Lucia ** by Gaetano Donizetti arranged by Ernesto Abbate 4:08 Maiani,

Mario Criscuolo flute

idem Salvatore Serra April 20, 1959 Taranto – Ventiquattresima ora with Mario Riva – Winner of Flicornino d’Oro Prize


All recordings by Aldino Miceli except * by Franco Leo, ** by Raifon Trieste, *** by unknown, # Umberto Attanasi – Damiano Pentassuglia Archive, @ by Vincenzo Ippolito.


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