According to a Corsican proverb, “Time only respects what is done by using it”. In these songs, time is measured in centuries, in the mix of populations from the shores of the Mediterranean and beyond. Some say that insularity explains the raw emotional power in Corsican songs, which speak of love, daily life, work and death with pathos. The animals and trees are considered on par with humans in these songs. The mountains and hills “polyphonise” with the wind and the island’s inhabitants. The monodic lullabies leave the listener with fleeting poetic impressions. Everything trembles and vibrates, like the Corsican soul, like the melismas that you encounter in all Corsican chants. It makes you wonder if this is an example of timeless, universal singing, fiercely rooted in the soil of this island territory.

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