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 Posted:   Jul 2, 2014 - 3:31 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

A loaded question.

The # of top Italian film composers flucuates along with the shifting time periods of recognition.

I venture to say that the initial top 3 from the 1950s would likely be:

  • Alessandro Cicognini
  • Mario Nascimbene
  • Angelo Francesco Lavagnino

    By the late 1950s, each had at least one of their film scores released on an American record label.

    By 1960, though, the international art film scene witnessed the ascent of Fellini (LA DOLCE VITA) and Antonioni (L'AVVENTURA).

    The faces of the 'top 3' during the first half of the 1960s would be altered to include:

  • Nino Rota (for Fellini)
  • Giovanni Fusco (for Antonioni)
  • Piero Piccioni (for other directors such as F. Rosi, A. Lattuada, M. Bolognini, etc.)

    During this time period, Riz Ortolani and Armando Trovajoli also began accruing interest.
    Trovajoli was associated with films by V. De Sica and/or starring Sophia Loren.
    MONDO CANE got Ortolani noticed, and Riz started to receive commisions to score English language productions (consider that the producer and director of the V.I.Ps did not hire Miklos Rozsa for THE YELLOW ROLLS-ROCYE - they engaged Ortolani instead).

    By the mid-1960s, the popularity of the Sergio Leone/Clint Eastwood westerns gave reign to Ennio Morricone as the leading Italian film composer.

    I'll let other members chime in with what they consider as top 3 Italian composers for the 1970s and onwards.

    ... then there are those FSMers who have no interest nor familiarity with anything or anyone associated with Italian film-making (or any non-English/non-Hollywood production at that) ...

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     Posted:   Jul 2, 2014 - 3:35 PM   
     By:   ToneRow   (Member)

    Ennio, Pino, Nino, Bruno, Piero and Riz


    I hope that's Piero Piccioni (or is it Umiliani?)

    And Bruno who?

    Bruno Canfora?

    Bruno Maderna?

     
     Posted:   Jul 2, 2014 - 3:35 PM   
     By:   ToneRow   (Member)

    Nino, Ennio e Piero.

    Piccioni or Umiliani?

     
     
     Posted:   Jul 2, 2014 - 4:18 PM   
     By:   BillCarson   (Member)

    Tone row you are being deliberately difficult!! Ha ha
    You know perfectly well Tg meant piccioni and nicolai.

     
     
     Posted:   Jul 2, 2014 - 4:26 PM   
     By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

    Zooba -

    My top three are Morricone, Piero Piccioni, and Piero Umiliani.

    And none of your top three "American" film composers would appear in my top three U.S. composers list. Two of the them wouldn't even make my top 10.

     
     Posted:   Jul 3, 2014 - 2:45 AM   
     By:   JohnnyG   (Member)

    Nino, Ennio e Piero.

    Piccioni or Umiliani?



    I could have "Mah-Na Mah-Na" played even in my funeral but no, my Piero here is Piccioni!

     
     
     Posted:   Jul 3, 2014 - 4:53 AM   
     By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

    Tone row you are being deliberately difficult!! Ha ha
    You know perfectly well Tg meant piccioni and nicolai.



    Oi, Bill Carson, I can speak for myself, thank you...

    Harummmph

    (Yes, Piccioni and Nicolai.)

     
     
     Posted:   Jul 3, 2014 - 11:01 AM   
     By:   BillCarson   (Member)

    See told you. You coulda answered without even posting!!!

     
     
     Posted:   Jul 3, 2014 - 11:02 AM   
     By:   BillCarson   (Member)

    Or makin me post twice.

    As usual.

     
     Posted:   Jul 3, 2014 - 1:28 PM   
     By:   ToneRow   (Member)

    So ... Piero on a first name basis translates to Piccioni. smile

    Where's Daddy Lime and Essankay?

    They love the music of both Piccioni and Umiliani so much I don't know if they could have only one Piero in their Top 3.

     
     
     Posted:   Jul 3, 2014 - 1:48 PM   
     By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

    So ... Piero on a first name basis translates to Piccioni. smile



    Yes, in TG World.

    And John and Jerry are Barry and Fielding.

     
     Posted:   Jul 3, 2014 - 2:27 PM   
     By:   JohnnyG   (Member)

    So ... Piero on a first name basis translates to Piccioni. smile



    Yes, in TG World.

    And John and Jerry are Barry and Fielding.



    John always translates to Scott! wink

     
     
     Posted:   Jul 4, 2014 - 9:03 AM   
     By:   eriknelson   (Member)

    Ortolani had a great melodic gift. His music was always very accessible.

    THE YELLOW ROLLS ROYCE is my favorite Ortolani score, and I hoped FSM would get around to releasing it thanks to their MGM connection. But, alas, I'll have to be content with my LP.

     
     
     Posted:   Jul 5, 2014 - 2:15 AM   
     By:   The Juggler   (Member)

    Piero Piccioni was the John Barry of Italian film composers. I'd have to rank him equally with Morricone. Unfortunately, Piccioni is practically unknown in North America. You'd have to be a serious film score fan to know who he is, while Morricone is definitely known by the common film goer, thanks to the Dollars trilogy.

     
     
     Posted:   Jul 5, 2014 - 11:36 AM   
     By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

    ...You'd have to be a serious film score fan to know who he is, while Morricone is definitely known by the common film goer, thanks to the Dollars trilogy.

    I am not a "serious film score fan." I know of Piccioni through the 10th :Victim. You can discover an artist through a single work without being an obsessive or a collector.

     
     Posted:   Jul 6, 2014 - 4:36 AM   
     By:   serifiot   (Member)

    Piero Piccioni was a giant among giants in the Italian film music industry. Prolific and highly saught-after by producers and directors, and presently by film music collectors. Totally agree with Juggler's comments regarding Morricone and Piccioni. With something like 300 scores credited to his name, probably even more, that is a lot of Piccioni. Besides "The 10th Victim", there are plenty of Piccioni releases out there for any film music fan to discover. Hopefully one day everything he composed will be available.

     
     Posted:   Jul 6, 2014 - 4:37 AM   
     By:   serifiot   (Member)

    dp

     
     Posted:   Jul 6, 2014 - 4:42 AM   
     By:   serifiot   (Member)

    tp roll eyes

     
     
     Posted:   Jul 6, 2014 - 9:22 PM   
     By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

    ...Besides "The 10th Victim", there are plenty of Piccioni releases out there for any film music fan to discover...

    Yes, but that is his most important score ever, IMNSHO.

     
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