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David Byrne Presents: Masters of Soundtracks -Nino Rota

David Byrne Presents: Masters of Soundtracks -Nino Rota

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Nino Rota.

I’m thinking of doing a series of playlists focusing on the great soundtrack composers- both current and classic. Thought I’d start with one of my favorites - Nino Rota.

Best known for the scores he did for the Fellini movies- from the ethereal glass harmonica in Casanova to the circus surrealism of 8 ½. He did other scores too- some Italian neo realism, and the well known Godfather theme - so memorable it has been recreated as a car horn! But his legacy is the Fellini scores.

Somehow his scores function like the audio equivalent of the images- reality slightly tweaked, forcing us to perceive the ordinary through new eyes (and ears). There’s usually nothing self consciously weird or bizarre...if anything, they’re slightly romantic and sentimental- surrealism with heart. The melodies he wrote stand by themselves- they don’t simply punch up the action nor are they dictated by it- they run parallel.

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