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Nino Rota

Famed for his inspired work with director Federico Fellini, Nino Rota was one of the most prolific and acclaimed film composers of his era, with a list of soundtrack credits ranging from La Dolce Vita to Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet to Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather. Born December 3, 1911 in Milan. Italy, Rota was a child prodigy who had already written an opera and an oratorio prior to his fifteenth birthday; he subsequently studied at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia as well as the Liceo Musicale in Bari, where from 1950 to 1978 he served as director. In 1933 Rota first entered the Italian film industry, scoring the "white telephone" romances and musicals prevalent during the era; before 1950, he composed the music for some 30 features, as well as the operas Torquemada and The Florentine Straw Hat.

With the 1952 release Lo Sceicco Bianco, Rota teamed for the first time with Fellini; their 30 year collaboration was one of the most fruitful director-composer pairings in film history, resuting in world classics including 1954's La Strada (later adapted by Rota into a ballet), 1963's 8 1/2, 1974's Amarcord and, perhaps most famously, 1960's La Dolce Vita. Launched to international prominence through his work with Fellini, Rota also began composing material for other major filmmakers including Luchino Visconti (1960's Rocco E I Suoi Fratelli), King Vidor (1956's War and Peace) and Mario Monicelli (1959's La Grande Guerra). In 1968 he scored Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet, and its love theme became among his most recognized compositions; even more distinctive was his theme for Coppola's 1972 classic The Godfather. For 1974's The Godfather Part II, Rota won an Academy Award; he died on April 10, 1979. ~ Jason Ankeny
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Il Brigante (Original Movie Soundtrack)

1. La Lunga Strada/In Casa Della Nonna

2. Michele Cacciatore

3. La Processione Nel Paese

4. Echi E Canti Di Calabria

5. Pataro

6. Michele Soldato Americano

7. La Vigilia Della Rivolta

8. Risveglio Notturno E Attesa Nei Campi

9. Miliella

10. Mmazzatu A Tradimento

11. La Fuga Disperata – Finale

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Track List: The Godfather Trilogy (Original Score)

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Track List: Il furto della Gioconda

1. Il furto della Gioconda, Seq. 1

2. Il furto della Gioconda, Seq. 2

3. Il furto della Gioconda (Seq.3)

4. Il furto della Gioconda, Seq. 4

5. Il furto della Gioconda, Seq. 5

6. Il furto della Gioconda, Seq. 6

7. Il furto della Gioconda, Seq. 7

8. Il furto della Gioconda, Seq. 8

9. Il furto della Gioconda, Seq. 9

10. Il furto della Gioconda, Seq. 10

11. Il furto della Gioconda, Seq. 11

12. Il furto della Gioconda, Seq. 12

13. Il furto della Gioconda, Seq. 13

14. Il furto della Gioconda, Seq. 14

15. Il furto della Gioconda, Seq. 15

16. Il furto della Gioconda, Seq. 16

17. Il furto della Gioconda, Seq. 17

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Track List: Rocco E I Suoi Fratelli

1. Introduzione - Paese Mio

2. Terra Lontana

3. Milano E Nadia

4. Valzer Ai Laghi

5. L'Amore Di Rocco

6. La Gelosia Di Simone

7. Addio Di Nadia

8. Come Tu Vuoi

9. L'Amore Dei Due Fratelli

10. Il Delitto Di Simone

11. Paese Mio - Instrumental Version

12. Ritorno Di Simone

13. Terra Lontana (I)

14. Paese Mio

15. La Loro Storia

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Track List: Il Casanova Di Federico Fellini (Original Score)

1. O Venezia, Venaga, Venusia

2. L'Uccello Magico

3. A Pranzo Della Marchese Durfè

4. The Great Mouna

5. Canto Della Buranella

6. L'Uccello Magico A Parigi

7. "L'Intermezzo" Della Mantide Religiosa

8. Pin Penin

9. L'Uccello Magico A Dresda

10. Ricordo Di Henriette

11. L'Uccello Magico A Roma

12. Il Duca Di Wurttemberg

13. La Poupee Automate

14. "L'Intermezzo" Della Mantide Relgiosa - II° Version

15. Pin Penin - Clavicembalo E Celesta Version

16. "L'Intermezzo" Della Mantide Relgiosa - Violoncello Version

17. Il Duca Di Wurttemberg - Instrumental Version

18. O Venezia, Venaga, Venusia - II° Version

19. La Poupee Automate - II° Version

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Track List: Otto E Mezzo

1. La Passerella Di Otto E Mezzo

2. Cimitero (Suite): Gigolettes (From "La Danza Delle Libellule") / Cadillac / Carlotta's Galop

3. E Poi (Valzer)

4. L'Illusionista

5. Concertino Alle Terme: Sinfonia (From "Il Barbiere Di Siviglia") / Il Valzer Dei Fiori (From "Lo Schiaccianoci")

6. Nell'ufficio Di Produzione Di Otto E Mezzo

7. Ricordo Di Infanzia (Suite): Discesa Ai Fanghi

8. Guido E Luisa Nostalgico Swing

9. Carlotta's Galop

10. L'Harem

11. Rivolta Nell'Harem: La Cavalcata Delle Walkirie / La Ballerina Pensionata (Ça C'est Paris) / La Conferenza Stampa Del Regista

12. La Passerella D'Addio

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Track List: I Clowns

1. I Clowns: I Clowns / La Marcia Dei Gladiatori / Passerella Di 8 E Mezzo / La Ballerina Del Circo Snap / I Clowns / Passerella Di 8 E Mezzo / La Ballerina Del Circo Snap / I Clowns

2. I Clowns: Io Cerco La Titina / Il Chaleston Di Giulietta / I Clowns / The Stars And Stripes Forever

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Track List: Il Gattopardo

1. Titoli di Testa: Viaggio a Donnafugata

2. Angelica e Tancredi

3. I Sogni del Principe: Giovani Eroi / Partenza di Tancredi / Amore e Ambizione / Quasi In Porto / Finale

4. Mazurka

5. Controdanza

6. Valzer Brillante

7. Polka

8. Quadriglia

9. Galop

10. Valzer del Commiato

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Track List: Giulietta Degli Spiriti

1. Amore Per Tutti

2. Faccette Scintillanti

3. Rugiada Sui Ranocchi

4. Vascello Di Susi

5. Rosa Aurata

6. La Ballerina Del Circo Snap

7. Il Teatrino Delle Suore

8. Walzerino Del Nonno

9. Cupido Ha Sonno

10. La Maestra D'Amore

11. Mi Basta Chiudere Gli Occhi: Ecco I Diavoli

12. Il Giardino Delle Fate

13. Il Charleston Di Giulietta

14. La Porticina Segreta

15. L'Arcobaleno Per Giulietta

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Track List: Il Bidone

1. Il Bidone

2. La Moglie Del Bidonista

3. Il Tesoro Nascosto

4. Coimbra: La Festa Dei Bidonisti

5. In Viaggio Per Un Bidone

6. Al Cinema

7. Cara Bambina

8. Ballerina Night

9. L'Ultimo Bidone

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Track List: La vita di Maria

1. Prologo

2. La natività di Maria

3. Maria nel tempio

4. Lo sposalizio

5. L'annunciazone

6. La visitazione

7. Il sogno di Giuseppe

8. Il Natale

9. I pastori - il presepio

10. I re magi

11. La fuga in Egitto

12. La strage degli innocenti - interludio

13. Le nozze di Cana

14. La passione

15. Il transito e l'assunzione

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Track List: Amarcord

1. Amarcord

2. La Fogaraccia

3. Le Manine Di Primavera

6. Gary Cooper

7. La Gradisca E Il Principe

8. Siboney

9. Danzando Nella Nebbia

10. Tutti A Vedere Il Rex

11. Quanto Mi Piace La Gradisca

12. La Gradisca Si Sposa E Se Ne Va

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Track List: La Dolce Vita (Original Soundtrack)

1. Titoli Di Testa/ Canzonetta / Notturno II° / Cadillac

2. Medley: La Dolce Vita/Arrivederci Roma/Caracalla's La Bersagliera

3. La Dolce Vita/In Via Veneto

4. Medley: Patricia/Canzonetta/Entrata Dei Gladiatori/Parlami Di Me (Valzer)

5. Medley: Lola (Yes Sir, That's My Baby)/Parlami Di Me (Valzer)/Stormy Weather

6. Via Veneto E I Nobili

7. Blues/La Dolce Vita Dei Nobili

8. Notturno O Mattutino

9. La Dolce Vita/La Bella Malinconica

10. Medley: La Dolce Vita Nella Villa Di Fregene/Can Can/Jingle Bells/Blues/La Dolce Vita/Why Wait

11. La Dolce Vita (Finale)

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Track List: La Dolce Vita Ed Altri Films

1. La Dolce Vita (From "La Doce Vita")

2. Il Padrino II (From "Il Padrino II")

3. Amarcord (From "Amarcord")

4. Valzer Di Natascia (From "Guerra E Pace")

5. Rocco E Suoi Fratelli (From "Rocco E I Suoi Fratelli")

6. Lo Sceicco Bianco (From "Lo Sceicco Bianco")

7. Romeo E Giulietta (From "Romeo E Giulietta")

8. La Strada (From "La Strada")

9. Valzer Del Commiato (From "Il Gattopardo")

10. Valzer Brillante (From "Il Gattopardo")

11. Bevete Più Latte (From "Boccaccio 70")

12. Valzer (From "Il Padrino")

13. Tema D'amore (From "Il Padrino")

14. I Vitelloni (From "I Vitelloni")

15. Fortunella (From "Fortunella")

16. Le Notti Bianche (From "Le Notti Bianche")

17. 8 ½ (From "8 ½")

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Track List: Romeo & Juliet (Original Soundtrack)

1. Prologue

2. Romeo's Foreboding And The Feast At The House Of Capulet (Meeting Of Romeo & Juliet)

3. The Balcony Scene

4. Romeo & Juliet Are Wed

5. The Death Of Mercutio And Tybalt

6. Farewell Love Scene (Juliet's Bedchamber)

7. The Likeness Of Death

8. In Capulet's Tomb (Death Of Romeo & Juliet)

9. All Are Punished

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Track List: Fellini E Rota

1. Lo Sceicco Bianco (From "Lo Sceicco Bianco")

2. I Vitelloni (From "I Vitelloni")

3. La Strada (From "La Strada")

4. Il Bidone (From "Il Bidone")

5. Le Notti Di Cabiria (From "Le Notti Di Cabiria")

6. La Dolce Vita (From "La Dolce Vita")

7. Boccaccio '70 (From Ep. "Le Tentazioni Del Dottor Antonio")

8. 8 E 1/2 (From "8 E 1/2")

9. Giulietta Degli Spiriti (From "Giulietta Degli Spiriti")

10. Tre Passi Nel Deliro (From Ep. "Toby Dammit")

11. Fellini Satyricon (From "Fellini Satyricon")

12. I Clowns (From "I Clowns")

13. Roma (From "Roma")

14. Amarcord (From "Amarcord")

15. Il Casanova Di Federico Fellini (From "Il Casanova Di Federico Fellini"): O Venezia, Venaga, Venusa / L'uccello Magico / A Pranzo Con La Marchesa Durfé / The Great Mouna / Pin Penin

16. Prova D'Orchestra

17. Fellini's Waltz

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Track List: Fellini / Rota

Disc 1
Disc 2
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Track List: Messina: Beffa A Don Chisciotte Suite (La) / Rota: Concerto for Strings / Pessina: Concertango

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Track List: Greatest Hits Vol. 2

1. Il Gattopardo: Valzer Del Commiato

2. Rocco E I Suoi Fratelli: L'Amore Di Rocco

3. Rocco E I Suoi Fratelli: Il Delitto Di Simone

4. Rocco E I Suoi Fratelli: Paese Mio

5. La Dolce Vita: Valzer (Parlano Di Me)

6. La Dolce Vita: Finale

7. Guerra E Pace: Valzer Di Natascia

8. Guerra E Pace: Ritorno A Mosca

9. 8 1/2: Passerella Di Addio

10. Fortunella: Titoli

11. Fortunella: Dialogo Fortunella

12. Fortunella: Al Mercato

13. Le Notti Bianche

14. Anna Suite

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Track List: Rota, N.: Chamber Music for Flute

1. No. 1. Vecchio carillon

2. No. 2. Vecchia romanza

3. No. 3. Il mulino

4. No. 1. La passeggiata de Puccettino

5. No. 2. Serenata

6. No. 3. Pavana

7. No. 4. La chioccia

8. No. 5. Il soldatino

9. I. Allegro ma non troppo

10. II. Andante sostenuto

11. III. Allegro vivace con spirito

12. I. Allegro ma non troppo

13. II. Andante sostenuto

14. III. Allegro festoso

15. I. Allegro ben moderato

16. II. Adagio

17. III. Allegro vivace

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Track List: Nino Rota Plays Nino Rota

1. I. Allegro Molto

2. II. Allegro, Ma Espressivo E Delicato

3. III. Allegretto Con Spirito

4. IV. Andante Sostenuto Ed Espressivo

5. V. Con Impeto

6. VII. Allegro Con Spirito

7. VIII. Lento, Con Accento

8. IX. Allegretto Quasi Andantino

9. X. Allegro Mosso E Marcato

10. XII. Allegro

11. XIII. Andante Cantabile

12. XIV. Allegro Non Troppo E Marcato

13. XV. Allegro Robusto

14. I. Amarcord

15. II. Il Padrino

16. III. Fellini 8 1/2

17. I. Allegro

18. II. Andante

19. III. Allegreissimo

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Track List: Rota, N.: Viola Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / Violin Sonata / Improvviso / Intermezzo

1. Improvviso

2. I. Allegretto cantabile con moto

3. II. Largo sostenuto

4. III. Allegro assai moderato

5. Intermezzo

6. I. Allegro moderato

7. II. Adagio

8. III. Allegro

9. I. Allegro scorrevole

10. II. Andante sostenuto

11. III. Allegro scorrevole

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Track List: Greatest Hits Vol. 1

1. La Dolce Vita

2. Il Padrino II

3. Amarcord

4. Guerra E Pace - Valzer Di Natascia

5. Rocco E I Suoi Fratelli

6. Lo Sceicco Bianco

7. Romeo E Giulietta

8. La Strada Del Bosco

9. Il Gattopardo: Valzer Del Commiato

10. Il Gattopardo: Valzer Brillante

11. Boccaccio 70: Bevete Piú Latte

12. Il Padrino: Valzer

13. Il Padrino: Tema D'Amore

14. I Vitelloni

15. Fortunella

16. Le Notti Bianche

17. 8 1/2

Comments

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jtny786
EVERYONE knows this music, I saw the first Godfather movie in 1972. So weird to just now know who wrote it. God bless him.
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don't ever go against the family!!!
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Magnifico, inviare chils yp e giù la mia spina dorsale, eppure ho sempre amare questa musica. Eccellente!
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Bravissimo!
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Italy's Henry Mancini, but far superior.
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I have no words to express my satisfaction , unbelievably beautiful music, Rota will live forever, his talent never ends.
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I loved this music when it first came out with the movie. Then it became a staple of elevator music. Adding lyrics to it did not help at all. I seemed the song followed me with leaden shoes. To this day I despise this music.
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Italian?.... . a n y o n e ? . . . r a i s e your hand!!!
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AS Such Gifted Talent & Extreme Beauty For The Culture, Arts, For Me Especially The Powerful Godfather Trilogy Thank You!!! For This!!!!! H.J Russell & Family
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awsome
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Beautiful but so sad
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ghovde89
One of my very favorite symphonies for 40 years.
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I remember being entranced by this music. Chilling and beautiful.
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So timeless
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I never knew who the composer was.
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The Godfather was a classic. I grew up in the exact same environment. Its was the best childhood you could ask for. My parents are the best.
That movie depicts my childhood and brings back a ton of memories.
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Calm down Stevey, maybe Polychrome is very young like dzsemplinski implies, anyway no matter how classical everyone thinks that film was it was just glorifying a bunch of hoods. You can read the book the Godfather's daughter wrote for a buck, I did. It's in the 99 cent store, complete with photos and descriptions of how Marlon Brando was begging the Godfather for some of his time to get his part all down perfect, which he refused even though Brando sent him a drink or bottle!
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Maybe Polychrome is young Steven-for the love of a tap dancing god, chill dude.
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what is the godfather about? seriously? have you watched it? Or read the book? Jesus Tap Dancing Christ-next time you want to expose yourself as an idiot make sure the world can see your face
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What is the Godfather about, anyway?
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What is a youth? Impetuous fire. What is a maid? Ice and desire. The world wags on. :~)
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ingridvonpel t
A rose will bloom, it then will fade, so does a youth, so does the fairest maid. :')
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I like this guy. Go Rota....
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I remember this instrumental in the movie ROMEO AND JULIET in 1968. Love it. This music touched my soul as a kid and brings back memories of my own awkward youth...
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spongeek85
breathtaking l y classic
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love this
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Correction: Lawrence of Arabia was scored by Maurice Jarre.
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psivisionnow
Please add Juliet of the Spirits, also a Federico Fellini film Score: lovely, Brilliant! I have an impression that N. Rota also composed the Score for Lawrence of Arabia (?) which, right or wrong, is also one that has carried one across life! katya
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Great artist. Reminiscent of a madhouse.

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