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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Nino Rota Discography Tracks

Albums

Nino Rota - War And Peace album art Nino Rota, Franco Ferrara Nino Rota, Franco Ferrara - War And Peace (Album) Columbia US 1956 Sell This Version
Nino Rota - Il Brigante  album art Nino Rota Il Brigante CAM Italy 1961 Sell This Version
Nino Rota - Rocco And His Brothers album art Nino Rota Rocco And His Brothers (Album) RCA Victor International Canada 1961 Sell This Version
Nino Rota - La Dolce Vita album art Nino Rota La Dolce Vita (Album, Comp) RCA Custom, RCA Custom Italy 1961 Sell This Version
msGE 203 Nino Rota - Bonaventura nell'isola dei pappagalli album art Sergio Tofano, Nino Rota Sergio Tofano, Nino Rota - Bonaventura nell'isola dei pappagalli(10", Album, Gat) Durium msGE 203 Italy 1961 Sell This Version
Nino Rota - Boccaccio '70 (Original Soundtrack) album art Nino Rota & Armando Trovajoli* Nino Rota & Armando Trovajoli* - Boccaccio '70 (Original Soundtrack) (Album) RCA Victor International Canada 1962 Sell This Version
Nino Rota - Boccaccio '70 album art Nino Rota / Armando Trovajoli* / Piero Umiliani Nino Rota / Armando Trovajoli* / Piero Umiliani - Boccaccio '70 (Album) RCA Italiana, RCA Italiana Italy 1962 Sell This Version
Nino Rota - 8½ (Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film) album art Nino Rota 8½ (Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film) (Album, Comp) CAM, CAM Germany 1963 Sell This Version
Nino Rota - Il Gattopardo: Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film album art Nino Rota Il Gattopardo: Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film (Album) Titanus Canada 1963 Sell This Version
Nino Rota - Giulietta Degli Spiriti album art Nino Rota Giulietta Degli Spiriti (Album) Cam Italy 1965 Sell This Version
TL5317 Nino Rota - Juliet Of The Spirits (Giulietta Degli Spiriti) (Original Sound Track Recording) album art Nino Rota Juliet Of The Spirits (Giulietta Degli Spiriti) (Original Sound Track Recording)(LP, Mono) Fontana TL5317 UK 1965 Sell This Version
Nino Rota - The Taming Of The Shrew:  Scenes From The Motion Picture album art Nino Rota The Taming Of The Shrew: Scenes From The Motion Picture (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal UK 1967 Sell This Version
Nino Rota - Romeo & Juliet album art Nino Rota Romeo & Juliet (Album) Capitol Records US 1968 Sell This Version
SCG 11011 Nino Rota - La Vita di Maria album art Nino Rota La Vita di Maria(2xLP, Album) CAM SCG 11011 Italy 1968 Sell This Version
Nino Rota - Fellini Satyricon - Original Motion Picture Score album art Nino Rota Fellini Satyricon - Original Motion Picture Score (Album) United Artists Records Japan 1970 Sell This Version
Nino Rota - Waterloo album art Nino Rota Waterloo (Album) CAM South Africa 1970 Sell This Version
Nino Rota - Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film I Clowns album art Nino Rota Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film I Clowns (Album, Comp) CAM Japan 1970 Sell This Version
Nino Rota - Romeo & Juliet: Complete Motion Picture Soundtrack album art Nino Rota Romeo & Juliet: Complete Motion Picture Soundtrack Capitol Records Japan 1970 Sell This Version
Nino Rota - The Godfather (Original Soundtrack Recording) album art Nino Rota The Godfather (Original Soundtrack Recording) (Album) Paramount Records Canada 1972 Sell This Version
SPML 934542 Nino Rota - The Godfather (Original Soundtrack Recording) album art Nino Rota The Godfather (Original Soundtrack Recording)(LP, Gat) Paramount Records SPML 934542 Australia 1972 Sell This Version
CML 009 Nino Rota - Grottesco - Comico - Ironico album art 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
none Nino Rota - Roma Capomunni album art Nino Rota Roma Capomunni(LP, Album, Promo) RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana none Italy 1972 Sell This Version
Nino Rota - Fellini's Roma (Original Motion Picture Score) album art Nino Rota Fellini's Roma (Original Motion Picture Score) (Album) United Artists Records US 1973 Sell This Version
FML 4 Nino Rota - Nino Rota Plays Nino Rota album art Nino Rota, Nino Rota Grand Orchestra Nino Rota, Nino Rota Grand Orchestra - Nino Rota Plays Nino Rota(LP, Album) Seven Seas, CAM FML 4 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
Nino Rota - The Godfather Part II (Original Soundtrack Recording) album art Nino Rota The Godfather Part II (Original Soundtrack Recording) (Album) ABC Records UK 1974 Sell This Version