Edoardo Nicolardi

  • Born: (Naples, Campania, Italy)
  • Died: (Naples, Campania, Italy) age 75

Edoardo Nicolardi was an Italian poet, lyricist and journalist.

However, he is certainly better known for his activity as a poet and lyricist in Neapolitan. His are the lyrics of some of the most famous songs of the Neapolitan popular repertoire of the 1900s, such as Voce 'e notte (1904), born as a poem for his future wife Anna Rossi, and set to music by Ernesto De Curtis.

From 1910 to 1950 he was administrative director of the Loreto Mare hospital, and in this role he witnessed, in 1944, the first births of black children, conceived by the Neapolitan girls with American soldiers.

It was this fact that inspired the lyrics of Tammurriata nera, then set to music by his in-law E. A. Mario, launched by Vera Nandi and made famous first by Roberto Murolo, then by the Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare.


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