Salone Italiano ("Italian Saloon"), by Kay Niemann, is the lavish account of an extended Italian family's struggles, passions, and adventures as early American immigrants in the legendary mining towns of Silverton and Durango, Colorado, and Calumet, Michigan. The story is steeped in drama and rich in historical detail. Based almost entirely on actual letters written by members of the family, along with historic photographs and illustrations, this unique novel maintains a sense of realism that will keep readers riveted to its pages.
Salone Italiano has history, adventure, romance and even murder—all the elements that would make it a great work of fiction. But the characters and incidents were real!
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Music of Salone Italiano
Bring Salone Italiano to life! Kay Niemann grew up surrounded by the Italian culture of her immigrant grandparents. In her youth she followed her grandpartents around listening to the rhythm of their language, experienceing the love of the extended family. She was taught to sing little Italian songs, because to Italian families, music is the essence of life. These little melodies danced in her head and helped to create a sentimental feeling for the haunting music of her heritage.
While writing the book she allowed her emotions to dictate and inspire music. At this time, Kay and her husband were living in Sydney, Australia. When she wanted manolins to portray her feelings, she tracked down members of the Sydney Mandolin Orchestra. There were delighted with the authentic quality of her melody. Theme from Salone Italiano was performed in concert in Sydney on November 4, 2002.
Encouraged by this success, Kay turned her energy to writing more music. Because it was motivated by the story of her ancestors, the Italian flavor flows in every song. Opinions voiced from her family in Italy relay the message that her music brings back memories of days past, when each community had its little band of mandolins called "dilenttanti" playing in the bars.
Original music composed by the author, Kay Niemann, is available on CD. To preview or purchase a CD, visit CD Baby or download.