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 Posted:   Jan 9, 2011 - 7:04 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

METELLO
Grand Morricone
#11

This series is inspired by a controversy thread where someone posited the idea that besides THE MISSION and some Sergio Leone westerns Ennio Morricone hasn't written anything great. Rather than making my usual comment that most of Morricone's great scores are from Italy and trying to get Americans to listen to them is like getting them to see movies with subtitles, I decided to take another tact. Since I am at an age where I will only be able to make my case a finite number of times I decided to turn this into a series presenting each great score one at a time, sort of like recordman.

I was going to go for something offbeat for #11 like erotic Morricone but I didn't want anyone to think I've exhausted my big guns on the first ten. METELLO was a mainstay on most early Morricone compilation albums. It has a lush dramatic and romantic main theme. The film was based on a classic novel by Italian Neorealist Vasco Pratolini. The novel was heavily political but because this was the acting debut of Italian pop singer Massimo Ranieri the movie leans toward his relationships. Ottavia Piccolo won best actress at the Cannes Film Festival in the role of Metello's lover and then wife, Ersilia. This was the fourth collaboration between director Mauro Bolognini and Morricone. One of the most special in his career, they did 14 features and a number of omnibus film segments together that ran from ARABELLA in 1967 to LA VILLA DEL VENERDI in 1991.
There are a few themes roaming around the score like La Naja and Tema Sciopero but the main theme is the one etched in memory:





In 1970 METELLO won the David Di Donatello award (the Italian Oscar) in a tie for best picture plus Special Davids to Ottavia Piccolo and Massimo Ranieri for their acting. The film it tied with was INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION which also won best actor for Gian Maria Volonte. Also Gillo Pontecorvo won best director for BURN! In other words Ennio Morricone scored practically every major award winning movie in Italy in 1970. The irony being there was no award for music scoring until 1975.



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 Posted:   Jan 9, 2011 - 7:33 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Io e Te (Main Theme from METELLO) was one of Ranieri's big song hits in 1971.

Here he sings it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pe8HIM2H0BQ&feature=related

 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2011 - 7:43 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)


Sweet! This series is going to do wonders to help me sift through all that is Morricone. A buyer's guide of sorts and so much more.

Thanks again and keep up the outstanding work.

Cheers!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2011 - 10:07 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Io e Te (Main Theme from METELLO) was one of Ranieri's big song hits in 1971.

Here he sings it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pe8HIM2H0BQ&feature=related


Good one Zooba! I have this on the Canto Morricone but totally forgot about it and the fact it hit the charts. Thanks!

 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2011 - 12:04 AM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)

"Grand" is the right word. Within each of the first few seconds of the grande orchestra version (finishing the GDM CD release), the piano bars of the Metello theme itself seem to almost shout out that self-description.

My "relationship" with this theme goes back to the very beginning of my connaissance with Morricone's music, too. It was part of my first ever Morricone LP Ennio Morricone – Film Hits some 20-25 years ago and, on par with Here's to You, became my immediate Morricone favourite then. I always wondered in the following years why it was virtually absent from most other Morricone compilations and never even brought up in any Morricone talk in film music magazines and later on boards and forums.

 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2011 - 1:07 AM   
 By:   Loren   (Member)

After peculiar choices that I don't consider landmarks of Morricone's landscape (like SOSTIENE PEREIRA) an excellent and unforgettable Morricone's sheet music.

Besides Bolognini's movie is wonderful indeed.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2011 - 4:33 AM   
 By:   Dan Azevedo   (Member)

Great selection, Henry. Wow, when I read your comment about the movies that won the Italian prize that year my jaw dropped. Morricone sure was on a roll, wasn't he? Each of those movies could have easily won him the prize -- if it existed back then... I have never seen "Metello" but the theme is unforgettable.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2011 - 4:53 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

"Grand" is the right word. Within each of the first few seconds of the grande orchestra version (finishing the GDM CD release), the piano bars of the Metello theme itself seem to almost shout out that self-description.

My "relationship" with this theme goes back to the very beginning of my connaissance with Morricone's music, too. It was part of my first ever Morricone LP Ennio Morricone – Film Hits some 20-25 years ago and, on par with Here's to You, became my immediate Morricone favourite then. I always wondered in the following years why it was virtually absent from most other Morricone compilations and never even brought up in any Morricone talk in film music magazines and later on boards and forums.


I also came across it first in a compilation - but not the same one. It was on a cassette, and I played it to death in the car. It also included Ballad of S&V part 2, the Adventurer, Companeros, Solange - in fact a very similar tracklist to Urs's, but not identical. No theme from Moses, for instance - I think it just pre-dated it.

Slightly repetitive as a listen on CD, but overall another great score and a classic eponymous theme.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2011 - 9:02 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Great selection, Henry. Wow, when I read your comment about the movies that won the Italian prize that year my jaw dropped. Morricone sure was on a roll, wasn't he? Each of those movies could have easily won him the prize -- if it existed back then... I have never seen "Metello" but the theme is unforgettable.

That amazed me. And the fact he did COMPANEROS, WHEN WOMEN HAD TAILS, THE FAMILY, HORNET'S NEST, THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE and TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARA in the same year but were mostly considered b-movies.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2011 - 9:13 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Another theme which first came my way on that double LP Un Film, Una Musica ... following on from the theme from Indagine ... (discussed elsewhere) it comes over as wonderfully musical.

Apart from getting a copy of this theme on a CD compilation some years later this score eluded me - it was a very expensive double-header from RCA - and then came the wonderful GDM release.

I know nothing of the film (once again) but do enjoy this lovely theme. A pleasant score, too.

 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2011 - 10:22 AM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

Have had this one on my mental to get list a few times but always seemed to find something else I wanted to check out first and it slipped from memory,have just ordered a copy.wink

Like this side of Morricone in small amounts it's the sort of thing I'll enjoy listening to ever now and then,Will look forward to hearing this one in full.

Grand indeed.

 
 Posted:   Jan 11, 2011 - 11:12 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

I alway enjoy listening to this one.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2012 - 10:51 AM   
 By:   Dorian   (Member)

Just an information for those who missed on the GDM expanded CD of "Metello" (as did I). Extra copies are now available at Beat Records:

http://www.beatrecords.it/shop.asp?idprodotto=GDM2071

I ordered a copy last week & received it today. And I'm very glad I finally got this one!

No other store seems to carry Metello so I guess they just found an old box of a few copies at the Beat warehouse. If you don't have this -- I would not wait for long!

 
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