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Nino Rota

Biography

Born: December 3, 1911; Milan, Italy   Died: April 10, 1979; Rome, Italy  
Like many fine concert music composers, such as Serge Prokofiev, Toru Takemitsu, and Bernard Herrmann, Rota created a unique film soundtrack style for which he became known worldwide.

Rota was born into a musical family: one of his grandfathers was the pianist-composer Giovanni Rinaldi (1840-1895), and he studied the piano, on which he was to become known as a gifted improviser, with his mother. He also studied solfčge and began to
Read more compose at the early age of eight. His oratorio L'infanzia di S. Giovanni Battista (The Infancy of Saint John the Baptist) for soloists, chorus, and orchestra was performed in Milan and Lille in 1923, when he was only 12.

Rota entered the Milan Conservatory in 1923 and wrote his (unperformed) first opera Il principe porcaro in 1925, basing his original libretto on Hans Christian Andersen's tale. About this time he established a lifelong friendship with Igor Stravinsky. He studied privately with Pizzetti and Casella, and received his diploma at the Accademia di S. Cecilia in Rome in 1930. In the U.S., he studied at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia from 1931-32, and received an arts degree at Milan University (1937). During this time he composed several minor chamber works.

He became a teacher of harmony, solfčge, and composition at the Taranto music school (1937-1938) and the Bari Conservatory (1939-1950) where he became director (in 1950).

Rota's first film score was for Renato Castellani's Zazŕ in 1944. He then went on to create music for many classic films by Luchino Visconti (Rocco and his Brothers), Franco Zeffirelli (The Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet), Mario Monicelli, H. Cass (The Glass Mountain), Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather, which received an Oscar for best score), King Vidor (War and Peace), René Clément (Plein soleil), Edward Dmytrik, C. Borghesio, M. Soldati (Le miserie del signor Travat), L. Zampa (Anni facili), M. Monicelli (La grande guerra), S.F. Bondarchuk (Waterloo), and Eduardo de Filippo (Napoli milionairia). His 80 scores for Federico Fellini extended from The White Sheik (1952) to The Orchestra Rehearsal (1979). He also composed the music for many theater productions by Visconti, Zeffirelli, and de Filippo. These film scores have a distinctive "Rota" sound made from clear, directly expressive melodies and rhythms, unusual progressions of tonal chords, and often an earthy humor.

Of Rota's 10 operas, the exciting Il capello di paglia di Firenze (1946) and the philosophical allegory La visita meravigliosa (1970, The Marvelous Visitation) were the most successful. Of his five choral works, the Mysterium (1962) and La vita di Maria (1970) are considered especially fine in compositional technique. He also composed five ballets, including Amor di poeta (1978) for Maurice Bejart, many chamber and piano works, several symphonies, and other orchestral works including the brilliant Harp Concerto (1948). In February 1995, the Nino Rota Foundation was established at Fondazione Cini in Venice. Read less
20th Century Italian String Music - Messina, Rota, Pessina
Release Date: 10/31/2006   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570194   Number of Discs: 1
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Rota: Clarinet Trio, Clarinet Sonata, Improvviso, Toccata / Goran Gojevic
Release Date: 04/30/2013   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572778   Number of Discs: 1
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Bartok, Ghedini, Rota & Hindemith: Music for String Orchestra / I Solisti Aquilani, Scogna
Release Date: 08/26/2016   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 95223   Number of Discs: 1
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Rota: Chamber Music / Parisi, Favalessa, Rota
Release Date: 08/26/2016   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 95237   Number of Discs: 1
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    Toccata / Netzer
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573835 Release Date: 12/14/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Aram Khachaturian,  Pietro Domenico Paradies,  Joaquin Turina  ... 
    Performer:  Elisa Netzer
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    An Italian Night / Kaufmann
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 587931 Release Date: 10/19/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Pietro Mascagni,  Ernesto De Curtis,  Giovanni D'anzi  ... 
    Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann,  Anita Rachvelishvili
    Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    An Italian Night / Kaufmann
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 587932 Release Date: 10/19/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Pietro Mascagni,  Ernesto De Curtis,  Giovanni D'anzi  ... 
    Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann,  Anita Rachvelishvili
    Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Cinema / Capucon, Deneve, Brussels Philharmonic
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 573524 Release Date: 10/12/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ennio Morricone,  John Barry,  John Williams,  Georges Delerue  ... 
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon
    Conductor:  Stéphane Denčve
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Serenades & Sonatas for Flute & Harp / Shulman, Goodman
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573947 Release Date: 10/12/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Paul Reade,  François Couperin,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  Suzanne Shulman,  Erica Goodman
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    An Italian Night / Kaufmann
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 587933 Release Date: 10/05/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Pietro Mascagni,  Ernesto De Curtis,  Giovanni D'anzi  ... 
    Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann,  Anita Rachvelishvili
    Conductor:  Jochen Rieder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Rota: La Strada, Il Gattopardo & Concerto Soiree / Pons, Granada City Orchestra
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501864 Release Date: 06/22/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nino Rota
    Performer:  Benedetto Lupo
    Conductor:  Josep Pons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Granada City Orchestra
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    Clarinet Sonatas 20th Century / Salguero, Gavilan
    Label: Ibs Classical   Catalog: IBS62018 Release Date: 06/01/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carlos Guastavino,  Joseph Horovitz,  Nino Rota,  Edison Denisov  ... 
    Performer:  Antonio Salguero,  Pedro Gavilan
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    Romantic Serenades for Strings
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95655 Release Date: 04/27/2018   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonín Dvorák,  Vasily Kalinnikov,  Leos Janácek  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Rudin
    Conductor:  Alexander Rudin,  Jaroslav Krcek,  Massimo Belli,  Ove Vedsten Larsen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Viva Instrumental Ensemble,  Capella Istropolitana,  Ferruccio Busoni Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Southern Tunes / Ensemble Esperanza
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38247 Release Date: 04/20/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eduardo Toldrá,  Ottorino Respighi,  Komitas Vardapet,  Nino Rota
    Conductor:  Chouchane Siranossian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Esperanza
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    Cinema per Archi / Piovano, Archi di Santa Cecilia
    Label: Arcana   Catalog: 440 Release Date: 01/05/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nino Rota,  Ennio Morricone,  Nicola [Film ] Piovani
    Performer:  Luigi Piovano
    Conductor:  Luigi Piovano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Archi di Santa Cecilia
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    Riccardo Muti conducts Italian Masters
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985465182 Release Date: 01/05/2018   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Nino Rota,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giuseppe Martucci,  Alfredo Casella  ... 
    Performer:  Giuseppe Bodanza,  Stefano Pagliani,  Mirella Freni,  Carlo Bruno
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Scala Philharmonic
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    Shall We Dance / Andre Rieu
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002735502 Release Date: 10/06/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Anthony Hopkins,  Nino Rota  ... 
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra
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    Shall We Dance / Andre Rieu [CD + DVD]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002735600 Release Date: 10/06/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Anthony Hopkins,  Nino Rota  ... 
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra
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    Score: Deluxe Edition / 2Cellos [CD + DVD]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 546110 Release Date: 08/25/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ramin Djawadi,  Enya,  James Horner,  Francis Lai  ... 
    Conductor:  Robin Smith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  2Cellos
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    L'arpa notturna / Plank
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38229 Release Date: 06/16/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Paul Hindemith,  Mikhail Glinka,  Wilhelm Posse  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabeth Plank
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    Different Things / Markowicz, Skrobinski
    Label: Cd Accord   Catalog: 235 Release Date: 05/26/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Nino Rota,  Alfred Schnittke,  Philip Glass
    Performer:  Marcin Markowicz,  Grzegorz Skrobinski
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    Score / 2Cellos
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 534912 Release Date: 03/17/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ramin Djawadi,  Enya,  James Horner,  Francis Lai  ... 
    Conductor:  Robin Smith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  2Cellos
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    Au fil de l'Art en Musique
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 3019 Release Date: 02/10/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Dunstable,  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Michael Praetorius,  Bellerofonte Castaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Maxine Eilander,  Stephen Stubbs,  Daniel Taylor,  Jivko Georgiev  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Jackson,  Francis Colpron,  Thomas Rösner,  Yoav Talmi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques,  Concerto Palatino,  Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal  ... 
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  • 20.
    Dolce Vita / Kaufmann [Vinyl]
    Label: Sony Music Entertainment   Catalog: 88875183631 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Lucio Dalla,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Nino Rota,  Nicola Valente  ... 
    Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann
    Conductor:  Asher Fisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palermo Teatro Massimo Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Screen Serenade / Jones
    Label: Silva Screen   Catalog: 6054 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Danny Elfman,  Stanley Myers,  Hans Zimmer,  John Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Claire Jones
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  • 22.
    Dolce Vita / Kaufmann [Deluxe Edition]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 518364 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lucio Dalla,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Nino Rota,  Nicola Valente  ... 
    Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann
    Conductor:  Asher Fisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palermo Teatro Massimo Orchestra
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    Dolce Vita / Kaufmann
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 518363 Release Date: 10/07/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lucio Dalla,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Nino Rota,  Nicola Valente  ... 
    Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann
    Conductor:  Asher Fisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palermo Teatro Massimo Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Love Story: Piano Themes from Cinema's Golden Age / Lisitsa
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002500302 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Addinsell,  Hubert Bath,  Jack Beaver,  Richard Rodney Bennett  ... 
    Performer:  Valentina Lisitsa
    Conductor:  Gavin Sutherland,  Christopher Warren-Green
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
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    Bartok, Ghedini, Rota & Hindemith: Music for String Orchestra / I Solisti Aquilani, Scogna
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95223 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Giorgio Federico Ghedini,  Nino Rota,  Paul Hindemith
    Performer:  Daniele Orlando,  Francesco Fiore
    Conductor:  Flavio Emilio Scogna
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Aquilani
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