Muskettieri u Commandos

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Muskettieri u Commandos Concert - official poster

Muskettieri u Commandos is an M3P Foundation research project, in collaboration with Spazju Kreattiv. The aim of the project is to collect, preserve and disseminate memories of Stage Commandos and Radju Muskettieri. The main activities of the project in 2016 include an exhibition of historical materials associated with the two companies and a concert celebrating some of their musical legacy in the process of gathering oral histories from those directly associated with them.

Research Project

Muskettieri u Commandos exhibition

The research project involves the display of a number of original musical scores which are in the process of being digitized by the M3P Foundation, in collaboration with the Charles Clews family at Spazju Kreattiv's Space A within the St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity in Valletta between 19 October 2016 and 6 January 2017.

Other items on display include a Rediffusion cable radio set, artwork from 1950s Radju Muskettieri Christmas Cards, a velvet flag from the Stage Commandos, Charles Clews' personal type writer and regular screenings of his Bijografiji documentary originally aired on TVM in 2011. The display is enabling further exploration of the work of the two companies through both casual conversations and structured events, such as a concert on 10 December 2016.

Concert

A concert will be held in Studio B at the St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity as part of the Spazju Kreattiv programme on the 10 December 2016. This event includes a number of songs originally performed by the Stage Commandos and/or Radju Muskettieri. The songs will be interspersed with attempts to gather further oral histories about the two companies from relatives and close associates of some of the main company members.

The following is the concert running order:

# Programme Item Lyrics Music Piano Singer/s Note
00 Pre-show Short bio profiles on screen
01 Introduction Commandos and Muskettieri history
02 Dwett bejn Johnnie u Charlie Clews/Navarro Altalena Alex Vella Gregory Alex Vella Gregory + Toni Sant Score and lyrics supplied
03 Remembering Johnnie Navarro + Johnny Catania Joe Julian Farrugia interviews Valerie Seychell Navarro
04 Marċellina Fejn Marret? (minn L-Imgermda) Charles Clews Frasquita Alex Vella Gregory Alex Vella Gregory Score and lyrics supplied
05 Remembering Armando Urso + Nosi Ghirlando Joe Julian interviews Filiberto Urso and Cecile Portanier
06 Il-Laneċ ta’ Marsamxett Armando Urso (melodija taljana) Alex Vella Gregory Alex Vella Gregory Lyrics supplied... tinkludi varjazzjonijiet ta' Lanċa Ġejja
07 Remembering Charles Clews Joe Julian interviews Alan Clews
08 Rosa Marie Charles Clews Rosa Marie Dominic Galea Joe Farrugia d-Dulli
09 Remembering Radju Muskettieri Joe Julian interviews Joe Farrugia d-Dulli
10 L-Innu tar-Radju Muskettieri  ??  ?? Dominic Galea Joe Farrugia d-Dulli Score and lyrics supplied
11 Remembering Vitorin Galea Joe Julian interviews Norma Cristina
12 Biex Niżżewweġ Johnny Catania Richochet (?) Dominic Galea Joe Farrugia d-Dulli
13 Remembering Lorrie Bellizzi + Mary Ripard Joe Julian interviews Frans Ripard
14 Serenata Lill-Kunjata Charles Clews Mike Cassar (?) Dominic Galea n/a Music score supplied. Lyrics presumed lost
15 Remembering Mike Cassar Joe Julian interviews Marlene Cassar
16 Agħdirni Mama Mike Cassar Mike Cassar Dominic Galea Toni Sant Score and lyrics supplied
17 Remembering Ġemma Portelli, Ġuża Caruana and other company members Joe Julian interviews Irene Bondin neé Clews
18 Marti Tħobb il-Festi Charles Clews Mike Cassar Dominic Galea Toni Sant Score and lyrics supplied
19 Celebrating Terry L. Bencini Joe Julian interviews Terry L. Bencini
20 L-Emigrant Charles Clews (?) Dominic Galea Terry L. Bencini
21 L-Innu tar-Radju Muskettieri (reprise)  ??  ?? Dominic Galea Joe Farrugia d-Dulli + Alex Vella Gregory + Toni Sant + Terry L Bencini Score and lyrics supplied


See interviews transcript: Muskettieri u Commandos: Oral History.


Further Concerts

Draft programme: Muskettieri u Commandos events for elderly


See also

External links