Nino Rota

Nino Rota

Real Name:
Giovanni Rota Rinaldi
Italian composer.
Born: 3 December 1911 in Milan, Italy. Died: 10 April 1979 in Rome, Italy.

Born into a musical family in Milan, Rota studied at the conservatory there under Ildebrando Pizzetti. His first oratorio, L'infanzia di San Giovanni Battista, was performed in Milan and Paris as early as 1923 and his lyrical comedy, "Il Principe Porcaro", was composed in 1926.

Encouraged by Arturo Toscanini, Rota moved to the United States where he lived from 1930 to 1932. He won a scholarship to the Curtis Institute of Philadelphia, where he took classes in orchestra with Fritz Reiner and had Rosario Scalero as an instructor in composition. Returning to Milan, he wrote a thesis on the renaissance composer Gioseffo Zarlino.

Rota earned a degree in literature from the University of Milan. In 1937, he began a teaching career that led to the directorship of the Bari Conservatory, a title he held from 1950 until his death in 1979. During the 1940s, Rota composed scores for more than 32 films, including Renato Castellani's Zazà (1944). His association with Fellini began with "Lo sceicco bianco" (1952), followed by "I vitelloni" (1953) and "La strada" (1954).

They continued to work together for decades, and Fellini recalled: 'The most precious collaborator I have ever had, I say it straightaway and don't even have to hesitate, was Nino Rota — between us, immediately, a complete, total, harmony... He had a geometric imagination, a musical approach worthy of celestial spheres. He thus had no need to see images from my movies. When I asked him about the melodies he had in mind to comment one sequence or another, I clearly realized he was not concerned with images at all. His world was inner, inside himself, and reality had no way to enter it.'

Rota's score for Fellini's "8½" (1963) is often cited as one of the factors which makes the film cohesive. His score for Fellini's "Juliet Of The Spirits" (1965) included a collaboration with Eugene Walter on the song, "Go Milk The Moon" (cut from the final version of the film), and they teamed again for the song "What Is A Youth?", part of Rota's score for Franco Zeffirelli's "Romeo And Juliet".

In all, Rota wrote scores to more than 150 films. Rota wrote several concerti and other orchestral works as well as piano, chamber and choral music.

After his death Rota's music was the subject of the 1981 tribute album "Amarcord Nino Rota". Gus Van Sant used some of Rota's music in his 2007 film "Paranoid Park". His 1977 opera "The Italian Straw Hat", an adaptation of the play by Eugène Labiche was presented by the Santa Fe Opera.

In 2005 his opera "Aladino e la lampada magica" ("Aladdin And The Magical Lamp"), with Cosmin Ifrim in the title role, was performed in German translation at the Vienna State Opera and released on DVD.
Written for a radio production by RAI in 1950, his short opera, "I due timidi" ("The Two Timid Ones"), will be presented by the Santa Fe Opera as part of their pre-season "One-Hour Opera" program in May-June 2008.

Nino Rota Discography


CL 930 Nino Rota, Franco Ferrara Nino Rota, Franco Ferrara - War And Peace (Album) Columbia CL 930 US 1956 Sell This Version
Cms. 30-031 Nino Rota Il Brigante CAM Cms. 30-031 Italy 1961 Sell This Version
FOC-2 Nino Rota Rocco And His Brothers (Album) RCA International FOC-2 Canada 1961 Sell This Version
30 M 006 Nino Rota La Dolce Vita (Album) RCA Custom, RCA Custom 30 M 006 Italy 1961 Sell This Version
FOC-5 Nino Rota & Armando Trovajoli* Nino Rota & Armando Trovajoli* - Boccaccio '70 (Original Soundtrack) (Album) RCA Victor International FOC-5 Canada 1962 Sell This Version
IN LP 70003, In LP 70003 Nino Rota 8½ (Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film) (Album, Comp) CAM, CAM IN LP 70003, In LP 70003 Italy 1963 Sell This Version
Tms 1004 Nino Rota Il Gattopardo: Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film (Album) Titanus Tms 1004 Italy 1963 Sell This Version
CDR. 33-2 Nino Rota Giulietta Degli Spiriti (Album) Cam CDR. 33-2 Italy 1965 Sell This Version
RB-6711, (VDM- 117), RB 6711 Nino Rota The Taming Of The Shrew: Scenes From The Motion Picture (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal RB-6711, (VDM- 117), RB 6711 UK 1967 Sell This Version
8XT-2993 Nino Rota Romeo & Juliet (Album) Capitol Records 8XT-2993 US 1968 Sell This Version
SCG 11011 Nino Rota La Vita di Maria(2xLP, Album) CAM SCG 11011 Italy 1968 Sell This Version
UAS 29118 Nino Rota Fellini Satyricon - Original Motion Picture Score United Artists Records UAS 29118 UK 1970 Sell This Version
SAG 9035 Nino Rota Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film I Clowns (Album) CAM SAG 9035 Italy 1970 Sell This Version
SWDR-289 Nino Rota Romeo & Juliet: Complete Motion Picture Soundtrack(4xLP) Capitol Records SWDR-289 US 1970 Sell This Version
PAS-6003 Nino Rota Waterloo (Album) CAM PAS-6003 US 1971 Sell This Version
PAS-25015 Nino Rota The Godfather (Original Soundtrack Recording) (Album) Paramount Records PAS-25015 Venezuela 1972 Sell This Version
CML 009 Ennio Morricone, Stefano Torossi, Armando Trovaioli, Nino Rota Ennio Morricone, Stefano Torossi, Armando Trovaioli, Nino Rota - Grottesco - Comico - Ironico(LP) CAM CML 009 Italy 1972 Sell This Version
No Catalog number Nino Rota Roma Capomunni(LP, Album) RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana No Catalog number Italy 1972 Sell This Version
UA-LA052-F Nino Rota Fellini's Roma (Original Motion Picture Score) (Album) United Artists Records UA-LA052-F US 1973 Sell This Version
FMW-12 Various, Nino Rota, Dalida, Alain Delon, Maurice Laurant Orchestra Various, Nino Rota, Dalida, Alain Delon, Maurice Laurant Orchestra - Alain Delon Double Deluxe(2xLP) Seven Seas FMW-12 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
MDF 33/67 Nino Rota Film D'Amore E D'Anarchia Ovvero Stamattina Alle 10 In Via Dei Fiori Nella Nota Casa Di Tolleranza (Colonna Sonora Originale) (Album) Cinevox MDF 33/67 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
ABCL 5128 Nino Rota The Godfather Part II (Original Soundtrack Recording) (Album) ABC Records ABCL 5128 UK 1974 Sell This Version
ZDL1-7105 Nino Rota Amarcord (Album) Polydor ZDL1-7105 Spain 1974 Sell This Version
trl2-1153 Nino Rota / Ugo Benelli, Daniela Mazzuccato Meneghini, Viorica Cortez, Mario Basiola Jr, Alfredo Mariotti, Orchestra Sinfonica E Coro Di Roma* Nino Rota / Ugo Benelli, Daniela Mazzuccato Meneghini, Viorica Cortez, Mario Basiola Jr, Alfredo Mariotti, Orchestra Sinfonica E Coro Di Roma* - Il Cappello Di Paglia Di Firenze(2xLP + Box) RCA trl2-1153 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
SAG 9075 Nino Rota Il Casanova Di Federico Fellini (Album) Cam SAG 9075 Italy 1976 Sell This Version