Nino Rota


Back to film, sort of… Italian composer Nino Rota (1911-1979) is perhaps best known for his original score to The Godfather. In his career he composed the music for over 150 films, ten operas, and many other concert and chamber works. In perusing the catalogue of his concert works, I only came across one piece for brass ensemble, his Sonata per Ottoni e Organo/Sonata for Brass and Organ. This piece, written in 1972, features two trumpets, two trombones, and organ. As an interesting contrast, 1972 was also the year that The Godfather was released…

Here is a video of the work:

One comment on “Nino Rota

  1. Laura Saylor on said:

    James, I think that the Sonata (for brasses and organ) was probably meant to be played concurrently with The Godfather Waltz. Start the Sonata recording, then around 0:24, start The Godfather Waltz. It’s a brilliant study on chromaticism and atonality. You’ll see what I mean…

    On a more serious note though, the Sonata really is quite a contrast to the only music I know by Rota, which is, of course, the music from The Godfather. I just checked out some of his music on Spotify, and found this guy, Richard Galliano (a super famous accordionist – oxymoron), who did a recording of all Nino Rota music in 2011. Hooray for accordion!

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