Nino Rota

Real Name:
Giovanni Rota Rinaldi
Profile:
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.
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CL 930 War And Peace — Nino Rota Nino Rota, Franco Ferrara Nino Rota, Franco Ferrara - War And Peace (Album) Columbia CL 930 US 1956 Sell This Version
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30 M 006 La Dolce Vita — Nino Rota Nino Rota La Dolce Vita (Album, Comp) RCA Custom, RCA Custom 30 M 006 France 1960 Sell This Version
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C MS 30-031, C ms. 30-031 Il Brigante  — Nino Rota Nino Rota Il Brigante CAM, CAM C MS 30-031, C ms. 30-031 Italy 1961 Sell This Version
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FOC-2 Rocco And His Brothers — Nino Rota Nino Rota Rocco And His Brothers (Album) RCA Victor International FOC-2 Canada 1961 Sell This Version
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msGE 203 Bonaventura Nell'isola Dei Pappagalli — Nino Rota Sergio Tofano, Nino Rota Sergio Tofano, Nino Rota - Bonaventura Nell'isola Dei Pappagalli(10", Album, Gat) Durium msGE 203 Italy 1961 Sell This Version
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FOC-5 Boccaccio '70 (Original Soundtrack) — Nino Rota Nino Rota & Armando Trovajoli* Nino Rota & Armando Trovajoli* - Boccaccio '70 (Original Soundtrack) (Album) RCA Victor International FOC-5 Canada 1962 Sell This Version
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FSO-6 8½ (Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film) — Nino Rota Nino Rota 8½ (Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film) (Album, Comp) CAM, CAM FSO-6 US 1963 Sell This Version
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FXG 5015, FXG-5015(C) Il Gattopardo — Nino Rota Nino Rota Il Gattopardo (Album) Titanus FXG 5015, FXG-5015(C) Canada 1963 Sell This Version
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CDR. 33-2 Giulietta Degli Spiriti — Nino Rota Nino Rota Giulietta Degli Spiriti (Album) Cam CDR. 33-2 Italy 1965 Sell This Version
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VDS-104 Much Ado About Nothing — Nino Rota The National Theatre of Great Britain, Franco Zeffirelli, Nino Rota The National Theatre of Great Britain, Franco Zeffirelli, Nino Rota - Much Ado About Nothing(3xLP, Album) RCA Victor Red Seal VDS-104 US 1965 Sell This Version
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RB-6711, (VDM- 117), RB 6711 The Taming Of The Shrew:  Scenes From The Motion Picture — Nino Rota 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
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MTG 8005 Mysterium Catholicum — Nino Rota Nino Rota Mysterium Catholicum (Album) Edizioni Tank MTG 8005 Italy 1968 Sell This Version
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8XT-2993 Romeo & Juliet — Nino Rota Nino Rota Romeo & Juliet (Album) Capitol Records 8XT-2993 US 1968 Sell This Version
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1C062-80356 Romeo & Juliet:  Music From The Soundtrack Of The Academy Award-Winning Film — Nino Rota Nino Rota Romeo & Juliet: Music From The Soundtrack Of The Academy Award-Winning Film (Album) Capitol Records 1C062-80356 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
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4XWW-289 Romeo & Juliet: Complete Motion Picture Soundtrack — Nino Rota Nino Rota Romeo & Juliet: Complete Motion Picture Soundtrack Capitol Records 4XWW-289 US 1969 Sell This Version
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NAS 1241 Fellini Satyricon - Original Motion Picture Score — Nino Rota Nino Rota Fellini Satyricon - Original Motion Picture Score (Album) United Artists Records NAS 1241 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
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PAS 6003 Waterloo — Nino Rota Nino Rota Waterloo (Album) CAM PAS 6003 South Africa 1970 Sell This Version
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FML 63 Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film I Clowns — Nino Rota Nino Rota Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film I Clowns (Album) CAM FML 63 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
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LP-12-18102 The Godfather (Original Soundtrack Recording) — Nino Rota Nino Rota The Godfather (Original Soundtrack Recording) (Album) Paramount Records LP-12-18102 Ecuador 1972 Sell This Version
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none Roma Capomunni — Nino Rota Nino Rota Roma Capomunni(LP, Album, Promo) RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana none Italy 1972 Sell This Version
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M-3001 Sunset Sunrise — Nino Rota Nino Rota Sunset Sunrise (Album) CineDisc (2) M-3001 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
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UAL 34852 ( UA LA052 F) Fellini's Roma (Original Motion Picture Score) — Nino Rota Nino Rota Fellini's Roma (Original Motion Picture Score) (Album) United Artists Records UAL 34852 ( UA LA052 F) Australia 1973 Sell This Version
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FML 4 Nino Rota Plays Nino Rota — Nino Rota Nino Rota, Nino Rota Grand Orchestra Nino Rota, Nino Rota Grand Orchestra - Nino Rota Plays Nino Rota (Album) Seven Seas, CAM FML 4 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
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YX-4015 日活映画主題曲オリジナル・サウンドトラック盤 Sunset Sunrise = 陽は沈み 陽は昇る — Nino Rota Nino Rota 日活映画主題曲オリジナル・サウンドトラック盤 Sunset Sunrise = 陽は沈み 陽は昇る(LP, Quad) Tam YX-4015 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
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MDF 33/67 Film D'Amore E D'Anarchia Ovvero Stamattina Alle 10 In Via Dei Fiori Nella Nota Casa Di Tolleranza (Colonna Sonora Originale) — Nino Rota 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 Record MDF 33/67 Italy 1974 Sell This Version