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 Posted:   Jun 30, 2014 - 10:56 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

say along with Ennio Morricone and another,

the way we would think at one time the top 3 American Film Composers were

John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith and Elmer Bernstein?

Who would you say were the Top 3 popular / respected Italian film composers were / are?

I'd say Ennio would definitely have to be one.

Please share your Top 3 Italian Film Composers.



I'd surely put Nino Rota, Carlo Savina, Nicola Piovani, Piero Piccioni, Paulo Rustichelli, Stelvio Cipriani, Pino Donaggio, Bruno Nicolai and Mario Nascimbene in the running amongst others.

 Posted:   Jun 30, 2014 - 11:04 PM   
 By:   Ray Worley   (Member)

Personally, he's in my top ten but not top three.
(That would be Ennio, Nino Rota, and Bruno Nicolai).

But world-wide, in terms of popularity, respect, recognition and prestigious assignments I would say yes. It would be Ennio, Nino Rota and Riz Ortolani.

Ennio and Nino are absolutely # 1 & 2, respectively, only A.F. Lavagnino or Nascimbene would give Riz competition for that third slot, I would think.

 Posted:   Jun 30, 2014 - 11:12 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

RIZ with his worldwide smash MORE from MONDO CANE in popularity and the many films he scored afterward he probably in popularity would be in the top 3. As for his talent would I put him in the top 3 or so from ITALY a country who always appreciates a lovely melody? Just 2 examples where there are many, BROTHER SUN SISTER MOON and UNCLE TOM'S CABIN[OH MY LOVE] he wrote as lovely a melody as any composer has ever did. So I would possibly put him in the top 5 with MORRICONE .

 Posted:   Jun 30, 2014 - 11:13 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)


 Posted:   Jun 30, 2014 - 11:14 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)


 Posted:   Jun 30, 2014 - 11:19 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Drink 5 sips of water Dan and hold your breath. If that don't work, put a paper bag on your head after swallowing a spoonful of sugar.

 Posted:   Jun 30, 2014 - 11:22 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

I hate the FSM Board hiccups!

 Posted:   Jun 30, 2014 - 11:24 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Board's as slow as Molasses tonight.

 Posted:   Jun 30, 2014 - 11:26 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

ha-ha- not on a Monday night work week. Sorry to say this board is getting harder to control as mention by others on a thread.It is hard to tell if the replies are going thread.

 Posted:   Jul 1, 2014 - 12:44 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Ortolani was fine, but not in my top three.

Probably Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota and Giorgio Moroder.

With Pino Donaggio as a runner-up.

 Posted:   Jul 1, 2014 - 12:49 AM   
 By:   Gorbadoc   (Member)

He doesn't come close to my Holy Italian Trinity (Morricone, Nicolai, Bacalov).

In fact, there are a dozen other Italian composers I prefer above Ortolani based on what I've heard of him so far (which was nevertheless good for sure).

 Posted:   Jul 1, 2014 - 2:17 AM   
 By:   Ag^Janus   (Member)

Respected, in my opinion, would include Piccioni.

 Posted:   Jul 1, 2014 - 2:26 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

I think theres probably a difference between status/outside italy recognition and talent.

Equally we are talking fine shades of grey among a multitude of magical maestros who all peaked for several decades at the same time. Which is quite remarkable in itself.

I suspect more traditional collectors will choose Morricone rota lavagnino/ortolani and those who got into morricone through the westerns would choose morricone nicolai and cipriani/ de masi/piccioni/bacalov.

 Posted:   Jul 1, 2014 - 2:34 AM   
 By:   morrifan   (Member)

Morricone - Nicolai - Ortolani

yes, Top 3

 Posted:   Jul 1, 2014 - 4:38 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Ennio, Pino, Nino, Bruno, Piero and Riz

Sounds like an Italian television version of the Trumpton fire brigade.

 Posted:   Jul 1, 2014 - 5:56 AM   
 By:   slint   (Member)

Riz Ortolani was for the most part quite original compared to other Italian composers, although if I had to list my best 50 Italian soundtracks from Beat, Digitmovies and GDM, very few would be from him.

 Posted:   Jul 1, 2014 - 7:12 AM   
 By:   brofax   (Member)

Very hard to limit so many great Italian composers to a top three. Riz is, without any doubt, one of the greats, my favourite of his being "The Yellow Rolls Royce" but purely on an overall listening pleasure basis and, after much consideration, and after my fingernails have been extracted and toenails threatened, I'd go for:

Ennio Morricone, Nicola Piovani, Bruno Nicolai

I'd say not too many on this Board have heard much of Piovani other than his Oscar Winner but youtube is full of his beautiful, haunting and melodic scores as a simple quick search will confirm.

I recall hearing some years ago that some US publication mistakenly printed that Piovani was Morricone in disguise but their music styles are vastly different.

 Posted:   Jul 1, 2014 - 7:31 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

Nino Rota
Ennio Morricone
Riz Ortolani
Piero Piccioni

 Posted:   Jul 1, 2014 - 7:31 AM   
 By:   slint   (Member)

My favourite composers tend to all be in the same style (Morricone Piccioni Trovajoli Nicolai Cipriani Bacalov), so my "suggestion" list would probably be a bit different, including Ortolani, Rota, and Rustichelli.

 Posted:   Jul 2, 2014 - 12:02 PM   
 By:   JohnnyG   (Member)

Nino, Ennio e Piero.

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