The Sensational Sounds of Italian Cinema

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Ennio Morricone, composer Ennio Morricone, composer

Perhaps inspired by the dramatic emotions of Italian opera, the wide and wild world of Italian film music is particularly expressive and colorful. Composers of great imagination like Ennio Morricone and Nino Rota have set the bar high for their fellow Italians, and their example seems to have nurtured a national inclination to exciting, expressive eccentricity.

David Garland presents highlights from scores by Morricone, Rota, Piero Piccioni, Roberto Nicolosi, Mario Nascimbene, Carlo Rustichelli, Bruno Nicolai, Giovanni Fusco, and many others.

Comments [3]


An additional suggestion: a program devoted to scores by Morricone from which he fashioned corresponding vocal material for singer Mireille Mathieu... your last piece featuring that very nice vocalise by Edda dell'Orso comes from that collection.

Also: would you consider doing a program devoted to the scores of Gabriel Yared?

Oct. 12 2013 10:03 PM
Barry O;Neal from NYC

As usual, an outstanding look at an often overlooked aspect of "Music for Films." Some great stuff esp. by Rota and Morricone. I also liked the music for "One Thousand B.C." Cool, in a retro sort of way! Excellent choice for Verdi week. Love the show, DG.


Oct. 12 2013 10:00 PM
Paul from NYC

Turned it on a while ago - what a treat: Nino Rota, always good to hear anytime. Likewise: Morricone. But I wish you and everyone else would remove "Good Bad Ugly" theme from their Morricone playlists for a good long while - everyone knows he did that theme, and it doesn't sound all that great to hear again and again - especially not when there is a vast unexplored volume of Morricone sounds still to be aired for unfamiliar ears… like "Nina" from the Metti, Una Sera A Cena soundtrack - what a knockout! Or the theme from "Master and Margherita" - forever intensely beautiful. Why do we never hear those? Or: theme from "Butterfly"… or theme from "Il diavolo nel cervello"… BUT: let me not be ungracious: thanks for these lovely Italian Intentions this evening.

Oct. 12 2013 09:48 PM

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