- Giovanni Gaeta
Giovanni Gaeta (born
Naples1884, died 24 June 1961) was the real name of the Italian poet, writer and musician better known as E. A. Mario. He took the "E" of his assumed name from the initial letter of the pseudonym Ermes under which he wrote for the newspaper "Il Ventesimo"; the "A" came from Alessandro, the paper's chief editor; and "Mario" was the name of its Polish director.
Gaeta composed and wrote the lyrics to more than 2,000 works in Italian and Neapolitan, perhaps most notably in 1918 "
La leggenda del Piave", which at the birth of the Italian Republicwas a candidate for the Italian national anthem. His other famous works include " Santa Lucia luntana", "Profumi e balocchi", "Vipera", "Rose rosse", and "O' Paese dò sole".
The future E. A. Mario was born to a family of modest means in the Vicaria quarter of
Pellezzano, Salerno. His father, Michele Gaeta, was a barber and his mother, Maria della Monica, a housewife. The back of his father's barbershop served as the family's cramped living quarters, housing in addition to Gaeta, his mother and father, brother Ciccillo, and sisters Agata and Anna. Three aunts and an uncle occupied two further small rooms.
He married Adelina, the daughter of the famous actress Leonilde Gaglianone, after a short three-month engagement. The couple were to have three daughters: Delia, Italia and Bruna.
In Gaeta's youth he admired the performances of the great Neapolitan actor, poet and playwright
Eduardo Scarpetta. Gaeta collaborated greatly with the leading Neapolitan publisher, Ferdinand Bideri, who also produced the works of Gabriele d'Annunzio.
Gaeta was destined to never to become wealthy, forced by his wife's serious illness to sell the rights to all of his songs to a publishing house in
Milan, from which he was to receive only a small percentage.
He died in 1961 at the age of 77 on
24 June, the name dayof his saint. His wife had died some months earlier.
Music of Naples
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