The “Coro Polifonico di Ruda”, like many other choirs, began performing in the forties and fifties by offering folk songs and transcriptions written by Friulian authors. However, all the maestros have left enough time for so-called “art” or “cultivated” music, that is polyphony. Tullio Pinat, violinist and great teacher, was the first maestro to introduce polyphony and, in 1953, he enrolled the choir onto the first Arezzo National Choral Competition. Since then, it has been an ever-increasing success that prevails to the present day.
The current choir’s repertoire can be divided into two major areas: romantic music and contemporary music. Obviously, the choir being made up only of male voices, the chosen songs are exclusive, little known and even little performed, but nevertheless full of unquestionable charm. In other words, every single track is the result of constant research which is developed continuously.
The authors of the romantic period currently in the repertoire are: Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn, Moritz Hauptmann, Gioachino Rossini, NikolajKedrov, Alberto Mazzucato, Richard Strauss, Josef Rheinberger, Louis Spohr, Charles Gounod, Adolphe Adam, Camille Saint-Saens.
The contemporary authors currently in the repertoire are: Samuel Barber, Benjamin Britten, Pavel Chesnokov, Morten Lauridsen, Ola Gjeilo, Reginald Unterseher, Eric Whitacre, Javier Busto, Lucio Dalla, Daniele Zanettovich, Ivo Antognini, Kentaro Sato.
Moreover, the choir also offers the “best” of so-called Friulian folklore. Actually, the treated popular songs and villotas were reviewed and / or transcribed in the twentieth century by Friulian musicians who revived their popularity and enshrined their definitive success. In particular, the choir has in its repertoire songs by: Rodolfo Kubik, Narciso Miniussi, Arturo Zardini, Giovan Battista Marzuttini, Giovanni Pian, Arnaldo de Colle, Franco Escher, Cesare Augusto Seghizzi, Albino Torre and Marco Maiero.