As a change from the Rite of Gran visits York and Li Manshan, I do hope you know Cinema Paradiso (Giuseppe Tornatore, 1988), and its soundtrack. Morricone’s* music comes into its own in the overwhelming final sequence—not merely sentimental but a triumph over prurient censorship. You really have to watch the film all the way through—but hey, here goes:
Even in concert, the Big Tune is irresistible—all the more so with violin playing like this, from a 2011 Prom:
In the right hands, it would sound great on the erhu too.
For more on Italian film, see here, and indeed here.
* Actually, it being a father–son collaboration, I should perhaps write Morricones’—hmm.
5 thoughts on “Cinema Paradiso”
Thanks for sharing, truly interssting thoughts here. 🙂
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Thanks! Makes a nice contrast with other recent posts like The rite of spring, Bach, Taruskin etc. Did you read my posts on Venice and Lisbon?!
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