It is amazing how many beautiful compositions and songs have been written for the Italian movies! Often, the music has become more popular or better known than the films themselves. In the previous post I published my recording of Parlami d’Amore Mariu, a song originally written for the soundtrack of the film “Gli uomini, che Mascalzoni” (The men, scoundrels).
Now I recorded Mamma, a very popular song that was also written for a movie. It was composed in 1940 with music by Cesare Andrea Bixio and lyrics by Bixio Cherubini, for the soundtrack of the film with the same name “Mamma”, directed by Guido Brignone where the main actor Beniamino Gigli interpreted it.
And for my part, I dedicate this interpretation to Delinda Molina, my mother!
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Parlami d’Amore Mariù (Tell Me About Love Mariù) is a beautiful Italian song with music by Cesare Andrea Bixio and lyrics by Ennio Neri.
It was written in 1932 to be interpreted by Vittorio De Sica in the film “Gli Uomini, Che Mascalzoni” (What Scoundrels Men Are!)
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Santa Lucia, a famous Neapolitan song, was published in Naples in the year 1849.
It is said that it was the first Neapolitan song to be translated to Italian. That act helped the song became popular throughout Italy and famous all over the world.
“El Diablo Suelto” (The Loose Devil) is a Venezuelan waltz composed by Heraclio Fernandez (1851-1886). He is a great example of nineteenth century Venezuelan piano music.
The waltz that I present here is an arrangement made by me of the first edition. It was published on March 19, 1878 in the newspaper of the same name “El Diablo Suelto”. The composer dedicated this famous waltz to the editors of this short-lived newspaper.
Music by Ernesto De Curtis.
Lyric by Giambattista De Curtis.
It is one of the most famous and beautiful Neapolitan songs. It was composed in 1902 and since then it has been very popular.
Vide’o mare quant’è bello!
spira tantu sentimento….
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Sonata Quasi una Fantasia, Opus 27 No.2 in C-sharp minor is one of the best known works of Beethoven.
Completed in 1801, it was popularly known as the “Moonlight” sonata, but it wasn’t Beethoven who gave this name. Five years after Beethoven’s death, when the music critic Ludwig Rellstab talked about his impressions of the first movement of this sonata, he said that it suggested the reflection of the moon on the surface of Lake Lucerne. The publishers used the name in subsequent publications, and that is how the name became so popular. But there can not be a more inappropriate name than “Moonlight” to describe the second and third parts of this Sonata.
The sonata has three movements:
- Adagio Sostenuto. It’s a contemplative, intimate movement.
- Allegretto – Trio. It’s a dance, a delicate, playful movement.
- Presto agitato. The final is a fast, stormy and energetic movement.
O sole mio! was composed in 1898. I can say it is the most famous Italian song or it’s better to say the most famous Neapolitan song in history.
Lyrics by Giovanni Capurro (Italian poet)
Music by Eduardo Di Capua (an Italian composer,singer)
When Eduardo Di Capua composed the music for O sole mio! he was in Odessa (Ukraine). Maybe that influenced the strong feeling of the song? When you hear this piece, you may feel the joy or a nostalgia for a beautiful sunny day….
Portrait of Frédéric Chopin from around year 1838 by Eugène Delacroix.
The Louvre Museum, Paris.
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) composed this Nocturne in 1827 at the beginning of his career, but the piece was published in 1855, six years after his death.
This Nocturne is intimate and melancholic. It has a middle part that is passionate and very lyrical. It is a piece where you can see the beginnings of the Romantic style that characterized the work of Chopin.
I hope you to enjoy listening to my performance of it.