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 Posted:   Feb 5, 2013 - 11:03 PM   
 By:   John Bender   (Member)

Whoever wrote this concise treatise on Maestro Piccioni should be commended - this is quite excellent: informative and well written. I say "whoever" because due to the unendingly annoying, ridiculous - and unnecessary - practice of on-line pseudonyms one never knows who the hell anybody is! On the other hand, if the intelligent and highly cultured author's name happens to actually be "Tone Row" - my sincere apologies! In any case, thank you. / Why was this Piccioni piece not posted in the film music discussions area? It is certainly ALL about film music!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2013 - 11:32 PM   
 By:   John Bender   (Member)

Any books and articles would also be profoundly appreciated.

Up to now, I wasn't aware of anything published on Piero Piccioni.

A search revealed that there is a book of articles on Italian film composers:



Piccioni has been alotted some territory along with others in this book, which seems interesting enough to suggest (even though I don't have this myself).

Also, FSM's liner notes for their MORE THAN A MIRACLE CD set are excellent.



Could you please supply author / title / publisher for this book? I can't seem to find it using only what I can glean from the image you posted.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2013 - 11:41 PM   
 By:   John Bender   (Member)

"Not exactly a shining example of Piccioni music, this "Conquered City" seems like only one-third Piccioni, with the remainder of the soundtrack sounding like the simple melodies and overtures with fanfares that one might expect from Mario Nascimbene. Along the way, there's a hoary romantic piano rhapsody and ethnic folk tune interpolations. Ominous chords on low strings let us know that Piccioni is still present and accounted for as he imparts Cold War-era bi-tonal angst into a World War II setting."

So glad you feel this way! In fact, this is the ONLY Piccioni CD I refuse to have in my otherwise complete collection. I had it way back in the early 90s, but got rid of it. CONQUERED CITY just does not seem up to the extreme quality and full realization of personality that I expect - and always get - from the Maestro. / A SENTIMENTAL ATTEMPT is one of the most beautiful jazz-influenced orchestral scores ever created. I firmly believe it is an unsung and sinfully unrecognized masterpiece - every cue is perfection, in form, content, execution and poetic expressiveness. I never tire of it, and it will be giving me pleasure until the end of my days.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2013 - 7:34 AM   
 By:   neotrinity   (Member)



Welcome aboard, Meester Bee, and we're sure you're brilliantly-belated Bouquet for TeeAre's thoroughly superb sharing is profoundly appreciated (not that we're arrogant enuff to speak for him as we're sure he'll get around to doing so in his usual distinctive style anon).

As for your kosmic kuery re why this opus wasn't initially posted on Da Other Syde, tis simplicity itself:

it began as an Appreciation for Virna Lisi



which TR subsequently elevated one magnificent step forward by selflessly - and with an enlightening informational substance practically peerless in its unfolding splendid generosity of sharing - by organically offering his own esteemed appraisal of Maestro Piccioni's overall career.

Aside from our own career-consummation (which is Over Thar) re



these types of luminous labors of love are few and far between on FSM, which is incredible considering the many experts available re Bernstein, Goldsmith, Poledouris, Williams and others.

smile So spread the unaware word, amigo - the more cognizant of cool Tone Row's cool transcendent tribute, the better!

 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2013 - 6:01 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

Whoever wrote this concise treatise on Maestro Piccioni should be commended - this is quite excellent: informative and well written. I say "whoever" because due to the unendingly annoying, ridiculous - and unnecessary - practice of on-line pseudonyms one never knows who the hell anybody is! On the other hand, if the intelligent and highly cultured author's name happens to actually be "Tone Row" - my sincere apologies! In any case, thank you. / Why was this Piccioni piece not posted in the film music discussions area? It is certainly ALL about film music!

Thank you John Bender for your commendations.

The prospect of posting (previously and presently) upon our paisan Piero Piccioni is a pleasurable prerogative and particular peculiarity of mine.

Indeed, I thought my monologues had only an audience of one ... until Mr. Bender came around the bend.

Ah ... but who am I?

An identity question asked in my favorite DOCTOR WHO serial "The Face Of Evil" ...



... and also a question which will, for now, remain unanswered - like the one Charles Ives wrote. smile

ToneRow is not my real name, and my real name will leave nobody any the wiser as I am not any industry professional.
In my former line of work, I used to calculate pension annuities for Defined Benefit Plan participants (until I lost my job in that field). Now, I simply count medicine tablets and capsules as a pharmacy technician. I'm not from any musical circles nor am I in the entertainment industry.

Takes all kinds, doesn't it? wink

 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2013 - 6:08 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)


Could you please supply author / title / publisher for this book? I can't seem to find it using only what I can glean from the image you posted.


This book was released in late 2011, it seems ... and, alas, out of stock:

http://www.tower.com/italian-film-score-composers-including-ennio-morricone-nino-hephaestus-books-paperback/wapi/122185243

No single author is credited, but the publisher is Hephaestus Books.

Might be possible to get the contents as a download, too ...

https://www.morebooks.de/store/gb/book/italian-film-score-composers/isbn/978-1-155-36317-2

... but this site also says this book is "not in stock".

Good luck tracking down a copy, John B.

 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2013 - 10:35 AM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

God,i luv Eyetalian women!!!!!


god help me, i do love them so
smile
bruce

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2013 - 11:59 AM   
 By:   neotrinity   (Member)



Yo, smile TeeAre smile, 'Bout This 'audience of one' Concept Department:



By our warped reckoning, you've always had at least a titled Trinity of appreciative admirers!!!



smile big grin

 
 Posted:   Mar 23, 2013 - 1:39 PM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

Great thread fantastic input Tonerow

I just looked that book up it is available on Ebay and from it's description seems like it is not worthwhile

"Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Hephaestus Books represents a new publishing paradigm, allowing disparate content sources to be curated into cohesive, relevant, and informative books. To date, this content has been curated from Wikipedia articles and images under Creative Commons licensing, although as Hephaestus Books continues to increase in scope and dimension, more licensed and public domain content is being added. We believe books such as this represent a new and exciting lexicon in the sharing of human knowledge. This particular book is a collaboration focused on Italian film score composers. *Author: Hephaestus Books *Binding Type: Paperback *Number of Pages: 106 *Publication Date: 2011/08/29 *Language: English *Dimensions: 9.69 x 7.44 x 0.22 inches"

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Articles-on-Italian-Film-Score-Composers-Including-Ennio-Morricone-Nino-R-/390517300343?pt=US_Texbook_Education&hash=item5aeca51c77

 
 Posted:   Mar 23, 2013 - 6:17 PM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

Tonerow Never knew that you did not own La Vita Agra / La Fuga I could not recommend that cd enough especially La Fuga for you it is fantastic the feel is very similar to senilita and a mix of tracks that would not be out of place in Il Demonio. Everything fits together very cohesively an immensely satisfying listening experience.

La Vita has some very lovely tracks I’d buy both of these in a heartbeat if ever they get expanded especially La Fuga and there is a very real chance of that happening since both are from CAM.

La Fuga
Through living comfortably, Piera is actually dominated by discontents and anguishes. Disappointed by her husband who is not very concerned about her, Piera begins, but soon quits, a psychoanalytic treatment, in spite of her child’s birth. She hopes to find sympathy in her friend, a woman decorator, but this relation will also end, causing her delusions and psychological shocks. Piera’s marriage also fails and then, alone and desperate, she dies in an accident.

You can listen to the samples for yourself:
http://www.amazon.com/La-Vita-Agra-Fuga/dp/B00ABB57BK/ref=sr_1_7?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1364080454&sr=1-7&keywords=la+fuga
La Vita Agra 1 - 12
La Fuga 13-24

Il Diavolo
Only have 7 tracks just over 14mins worth that was released on the Piero Piccioni Film Music cd all very nice jazz flavoured score. Sadly this score even though it was released on a CAM originally is unlikely to get released anytime soon if ever it is tied up in legal matters. frown

 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2013 - 1:52 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

Great thread fantastic input Tonerow

I just looked that book up it is available on Ebay and from it's description seems like it is not worthwhile

"Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Hephaestus Books represents a new publishing paradigm, allowing disparate content sources to be curated into cohesive, relevant, and informative books. To date, this content has been curated from Wikipedia articles and images under Creative Commons licensing, although as Hephaestus Books continues to increase in scope and dimension, more licensed and public domain content is being added. We believe books such as this represent a new and exciting lexicon in the sharing of human knowledge. This particular book is a collaboration focused on Italian film score composers. *Author: Hephaestus Books *Binding Type: Paperback *Number of Pages: 106 *Publication Date: 2011/08/29 *Language: English *Dimensions: 9.69 x 7.44 x 0.22 inches"

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Articles-on-Italian-Film-Score-Composers-Including-Ennio-Morricone-Nino-R-/390517300343?pt=US_Texbook_Education&hash=item5aeca51c77


Thanks, wayoutwest.

I wasn't planning on getting this book, anyway. Nonetheless, I posted about it simply because it's the only book I've come across which mentions Piero Piccioni by name on the front cover.

 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2013 - 1:57 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

Also thanks again, wayoutwest, for giving feedback on LA FUGA & LA VITA AGRA.

Somehow, I just never encountered that CD and only became aware of those titles via Wolfgang Jahn's website on Italian soundtracks on vinyl (... and that's a whole other topic on its own! smile )

http://www.italiansoundtracks.com/

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2013 - 1:40 AM   
 By:   John Bender   (Member)

Dear Tone, have you been keeping up with Piero releases? I assume so! It has been a helluva great few years for us Piccioni fanatics. Ever since acquiring the GDM Piccioni / Rosi double LP many moons ago (purchased during the 1980s at Tower Records Manhattan) I had been pining away for a score release of I MAGLIARI (1959) - and I firmly and pessimistically believed there would never be one. This year I was proven wrong thanks to BEAT Records. The song "Was It You" (performed by Nicola Arigliano) burrowed into my soul upon first listen of that GDM vinyl set and it has haunted me ever since. For me it exists as a true rarity - an adult popular song-form that is simultaneously and mysteriously nostalgic, but also graced with qualities that make the piece timeless (ultimately unhindered by stylistic and/or period affectations). It is bittersweet, glamorous, sensual, and fairly dripping with cinematic esprit (this song could only have come from a film). The I MAGLIARI CD has 26 cuts and at least six of these are varied renditions of "Was It You" - wow and happy days for me!

 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2013 - 3:16 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

Dear Tone, have you been keeping up with Piero releases?

Hi, Mr. Bender.

Glad you've revisited this thread.

I'm certainly aware of the treasure trove of Piccioni titles released over the past 12 months.
Unfortunately, most of them I haven't been able to acquire yet due to personal problems (I'm currently in an apartment with no internet access after having lost my house).
So far, my lack of finances has restricted me to buying maybe six CDs during a 3-month period).

I made it a priority to get IL DEMONIO, which I finally did in late July. However, I still haven't even gotten Quartet's 7 MURDERS FOR SCOTLAND YARD yet, let alone I MAGLIARI, I FRATELLI KARAMAZOV and the 2 most recent Beat albums.

On top of this, I'm also keeping abreast on new releases from the "other" Piero - Piero Umiliani! smile

I got Umiliani's LA VENDETTA DI LADY MORGAN in June, and have his INTRIGO A LOS ANGELES on my wish list.

 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2013 - 3:23 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

It has been a helluva great few years for us Piccioni fanatics.

I agree!

I think the past five years has witnessed a veritable Piero Piccioni revival.
And from 2011 through the present has been a most satisfying sequence Piccioni items.

The Rosi Trio on GDM is a must-have. IL MONACO and this year's IL DEMONIO have offered customers tastes of Piero's versitility.

Great times, indeed!

 
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