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21 October 2022

Golden Age of Hollywood
State Symphony Orchestra "New Russia" - Great Hall of the Conservatory

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music for the films "Romeo and Juliet", "Road", "Professional",
"Titanic", "Sweet Life", "Godfather" and others.

The future king of film music, Nino Rota , was born in 1911 in Milan. And already at the age of 12 he became a student at the Rome Conservatory. When he was 15, he composed his debut opera, and two years later he graduated from the conservatory with honours.

Cinema entered the life of Nino Rota in 1933 quite unexpectedly. Being a serious composer, a professional who received a fundamental musical education, he took on his first musical film work mainly out of curiosity and a desire to try his hand at a new genre.

His initial conviction that music should not be content with the role of a static illustration of a screen plot, but could act as an element of dramaturgy, be the breath and pulse of the picture, grew and grew stronger with each subsequent film. The best confirmation that he is on the right track was the fame and recognition that came to the composer after the films The Road, Romeo and Juliet, Rocco and His Brothers, La Dolce Vita, The Godfather. The most eminent directors of the 1950s and 1970s were honoured to collaborate with Nino Rota: Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, Franco Rossi, Damiano Damiani, Franco Zeffirelli, Francis Ford Coppola.

Ennio Morricone is the most famous film composer in the world. As a film composer, he was nominated five times for an Oscar, and in 2007 he received an Oscar for outstanding contribution to cinema. In addition, in 1987, for the music for the film The Untouchables, he was awarded the Golden Globe and Grammy awards. Among the films for which Morricone wrote music, the following should be especially noted: "For a Fistful of Dollars", "For a Few Dollars More", "The Good, the Bad, the Ugly", "Once Upon a Time in the Wild West", "Once Upon a Time in America", "Mission ”,“ Decameron ”,“ Professional ”,“ Untouchables ”, television series“ Octopus ”.

The musical taste of Ennio Morricone is very difficult to accurately describe. His arrangements have always been very diverse, you can hear classical, jazz, Italian folklore, avant-garde, and even rock and roll in them. Morricone liked to use different instruments, from harmonicas and horns to electric guitars, but his signature style is the use of a female voice as an instrument, set off by rich orchestration.

Contrary to popular belief, he created not only soundtracks, he also wrote chamber instrumental music, with which he even made a tour of Europe in 1985, personally conducting the orchestra at concerts.

Twice during his career, Ennio Morricone himself starred in films for which he wrote music, and in 1995 a documentary film was made about the maestro.

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