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Mappamundi: International Day school assembly

Mappamundi presents "International Day" at elementary schools, junior high, and high schools

At first we were a little shocked at this idea. It started with "Europe Day" and that was hard enough - to get around Europe in an hour? But then we started getting calls for "International Day" - around the whole WORLD in an hour? Even if just the northern hemisphere! Still, we give it our best shot and below are some of the pieces we program for such events (we can only get 10-12 of them in a one-hour program). Here is a geographically random list:

The Green Shores of America (Ireland and Canada)
An emigration song: "The lint dams are dry and the looms all lie broken ... the landlord and bailiff in vile combination have forced us from hearthstone and homestead away ... There's health and good hunting way out in wild forests where caribou ramble and buffalo roam."
Ayo Visto lo Mappamundi (Italy)
Our theme song... from 15th century Italy, where a sailor is boasting: "I have seen the world map, the sailors' charts, all the islands, but nowhere is there any sight more beautiful than the Sicilies: Sicily my home, St. Cecilia, and Cecilia my girlfriend."
Danca y Fandango de Palomar (Spain)
Dance tunes from Valencia
Roulez! (France, French Canada)
A sea song probably known in Louisiana as well. Done on fiddles, feet, sticks, and banging on an oatmeal pot, and the audience sings along on the chorus. "Three boats full of grain arrive in port. Three young women come and ask: 'How much is your wheat?' The sailors answer: 'Come up and you can find out!' Roll, young people, roll... I had a bird in the cage but the bird flew away."
Zo Rijmt Zich Dat Tezaam/Dutch Dances (Holland)
The song, from Augsburger Tafelkonfekt" of 1733, is a silly Dutch rhyming song that we do in fine anciente manner... the tunes were learned from a group of young Indonesian-born music conservatory students, citizens of the Netherlands, whom we met in Winston-Salem doing a concert of music from Eastern Europe! They threw in these Dutch tunes which we love.
Kylla Vuotti Uutta Kuuta (Finland)
"The village waited for the new moon. Theysaid my brother would return emptyhanded from his hunting, but they were wrong: the eagle has landed the duck." A wedding song.
Bisero Cerko (Macedonia)
A mother begs her daughter not to marry a Turk because he "never goes to church." But the daughter says "if God wills it, I WILL be a Turkish bride and march with the strident zurlas." An interesting example of cultures colliding: though Balkan peoples fought Turkish invasions for centuries, there was a great deal of cultural (and human) interchange between the opposing sides.
Hunter's tune (Mongolia)
Played by Ken on the erhu, an Asian fiddle with two strings, played in the lap. The head of the fiddle is made of a python's skin.
Japanese tune (Japan)
Played by Ken on the shakuhachi flute.
An Laoch Eachann/Helen Black of Invernan (Scotland)
A slow air and a reel. Ken pipes them in with his Lowland bagpipes.
Hangman's Reel/The Last Shot Got Him/Jump in the Well/Rattlesnake Bit the Baby (America)
A set of old-time North Carolina tunes with disaster as their uniting theme.
Aqui Venimos los Barbis (Spain)
A bunch of scissor-sharpeners sneak off to a wedding. Collected by Juan Hidalgo Montoya.
Pericles (Greece)
A boastful boys' song.
La-Haut Sur Ces Montagnes (French Canada)
A song of a sighing shepherdess.
Caballera Negra (Mexico)
One of several wonderful songs we do by composer Agustin Lara.
Toutouig (Brittany)
A lullaby and dance tune.
Chant du Foulon (French Canada)
A weaver's song about a girl who falls into a well.
Bwmba (Wales)
A nonsense song and splendid dance tune.
Launako/Banakozarra (Basque)
Dance tunes from the Pyrenees.
Morena me llaman (Ladino)
Collected in Algeria, this song is known all around the Mediterranean in Sephardic communities. A girl, thinking about marriage and love, says "if the King's son asks me again to leave with him, I will go."
The Burning of Auchindoon (Scotland)
A very short version of a ballad about a clan feud.