Burranca, Dionigi


piper (&c.) mentioned by name

Born in Samatzai (Campidano area, prov. Cagliari); At the age of 9 he was taught to play by Giuseppe Sanna, after whose death [in 1922; ws] he had lessons from Beppi’s son Francesco, who also taught him the cobbler’s trade, which was traditionally combined with Launeddas playing as a subsidiary occupation; Having had engagements as a village Launeddas player for a few years in the early 1930s, he moved, in 1936, hen the professional Launeddas playing began to decline, to Ortacesus (Trexenta area [NNE of Samatzai]), where he lived as a cobbler and an unskilled labourer with an ever-decreasing income from playing at village festivals; Together with some of his pupils he founded, in 1986, the ensemble "Sonus de Canna" in Assemini; He was the last representative of the playing style that prevailed in Trexenta in former times; NB: ➺ Alberto and Carlo Mariani.

Instrument: Launeddas / Launeḍḍas


Weis Bentzon, Andreas Fridolin: The launeddas: a Sardinian folk music instrument. Copenhagen, 1969, p.11 & passim.

Dore, Giovanni: Gli strumenti della musica popolare della Sardegna. Cagliari, 1976, p.54.

Launeddas: l’anima di un popolo [Title on cover: »La storia, lo strumento, i protagonisti, la discografia: launeddas«]. A cura di Giampaolo Lallai, associazione Cuncordia a Launeddas. Fotografie di Nico Selis. Cagliari, 1997, p.38, 54* & passim.

Paulis, Giulio: I nomi delle launeddas: origine e storia [with an extensive article on their manufacture]. In: Sonos (1994), p.155.

Web (Launeddas players)