CAM/Sugar will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Piccioni´s birth in December with a compilation album on the Decca label which will have the title "A Modern Gentleman - The Refined and Bittersweet Sound of an Italian Maestro". All the music comes from either the CAM or the Sugar archives and has apparently been put together in a similar way as their "Morricone Segreto" album: "Piero Piccioni was undoubtedly the most "dandy" of Italian film music composers - the most stylish one, in art as in life. On the centenary of the composer's birth, CAM Sugar celebrates his art with a compilation that draws from both his well-known and lesser-known works, alongside a precious handful of tracks that, surprisingly, have remained unreleased until now. The result is a journey of rediscovery, of the unique, dazzling and unmistakable sound of the Turin-born composer."
Here below is the track listing with a lot of already well-known tracks, but also a few like those from ADDIO ALEXANDRA and TRE PER UNA RAPINA which have never been released before. From the very somber PER QUESTA NOTTE only two tracks had been released on a CAM single in 1977 which did never appear on CD till now. Likewise from MANI IN ALTO (two tracks on a 1961 RCA single). I don´t know where "Tema di Doni" and "Tema di Titina" are supposed to come from, but maybe the later one is from TOH È MORTA LA NONNA from 1969 as there is a character in this movie with the name Titina.
1 Pop's Lolly Piero Piccioni 2 Dior Dance Piero Piccioni, Nora Orlandi, I 4 + 4 di Nora Orlandi 3 Mani in alto - M16 Piero Piccioni, Nora Orlandi 4 L'assassino (Titoli) Piero Piccioni 5 Autoradio Piero Piccioni 6 Tre per una rapina (Titoli) Piero Piccioni 7 I dolci inganni - M11 Piero Piccioni 8 Dea di un Sogno Piero Piccioni 9 La notte brava (Atmosfera Romantica) Piero Piccioni 10 Danza selvaggia Piero Piccioni 11 Tema di Donì Piero Piccioni 12 Tema di Titina Piero Piccioni, Nora Orlandi 13 Chorus in FA Piero Piccioni 14 Tema Favola Piero Piccioni 15 Le altre - M10 Piero Piccioni 16 Significa amore Piero Piccioni 17 Per questa notte - M20 Piero Piccioni 18 Addio Alexandra - M6 Piero Piccioni, Nora Orlandi 19 Citta e campagna (Finale) Piero Piccioni 20 Magic of New York Piero Piccioni 21 Stampe erotiche Piero Piccioni 22 Riavanti... Marsch! - M25 Piero Piccioni 23 Papa Funky Piero Piccioni 24 What Is There To See? Piero Piccioni, Jason Piccioni 25 Io so che tu sai che io so (Titoli) Piero Piccioni 26 Rag. Arturo De Fanti, bancario precario (Tema Valzer - Piano Elettrico) Piero Piccioni
Another CAM score is "Cristo si é fermato a eboli" although watching the film, there is not much unreleased music apart from variations of the themes already on the single.
There are two versions of the film: The theatrical one with 150 minutes and the longer TV version with 270 minutes. Piccioni had written quite a lot of music besides the main theme, but director Francesco Rosi demanded that only the main theme should be used in the movie and nothing else. Piccioni could then use parts of his complete score in the longer TV version. Nevertheless, as I know the complete score I can tell you that there is still some music which remained totally unused and which with its impressionistic atmosphere is quite similar to the music that Piccioni later composed for Rosi´s CRONACA DI UNA MORTE ANNUNCIATA. I would say there is material for a CD with about 40-45 minutes of music. The best way would of course be to couple this score with TRE FRATELLI, but I don´t know if it is possible at all and if it will ever happen. One really big problem is that CAM/Sugar are not the only rights owner for EBOLI and that the co-owner is Cristaldi Film/Vides.
My favourite unreleased score is "Caccia alla Volpe", very similar to the comedy scores for Alberto Sordi films from the mid 60s.
The original tapes for CACCIA ALLA VOLPE are lost. This was also one of the few scores for which Piccioni himself had no private tape copies.
PER QUESTA NOTTE It is a unfortunate that we only get teasers, because a few years ago we used to get unreleased scores in full.
We had for example planned to release the complete score for PER QUESTA NOTTE on Saimel last year, but due to Sugar´s changed policies and their deal with UMG/Decca licensing just wasn´t possible anymore.