Nino Rota, photograph

Giada Viviani

Nino Rota: La dolce vita. Sources of the Creative Process

The Composer’s Workshop, 1

Istituto per la Musica Fondazione Giorgio Cini
Turnhout, 2018. Format: 25 x 35 cm, 214pp, with 105 color plates. Linen. $185
Rota, Titoli 
    Titoli, 1st orchestral version                                                                                                        Notebook f.3r with transcription
Rota, Titoli, 1st orchestral version

Based on the rich collection of sources held at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, Giada Viviani has reconstructed the most significant phases of the compositional process of the La dolce vita soundtrack and documented the close relationship between Rota and Fellini. The book illustrates the compositional process of the audiovisual sequences, the genesis of the music for the introductory titles and final credits, the management of sound effects and improvised episodes, and the adoption of pre-existing material. The introductory essay presents the composer in the context of the times, early reviews, the film's narrative structure and the role of the music in the overall drama. The text is complemented by a wide selection of sources reproduced in facsimile.   

Rota, La dolce vita, cover

Rota, Notebook f.3r

I nobili, draft
Rota, I nobili, draft

Giovanni Rota Rinaldi (1911-1979) was born into a musical family in Milan. He studied at the Milan Conservatory and the Curtis Institute. Composer, performer, musicologist (he wrote his thesis on Gioseffo Zarlino) and director of the Liceo Musicale in Bari, his oeuvre includes ten operas, five ballets and numerous orchestral & choral works. He is best known as a film composer, writing the music for more than 150 films and collaborating with directors such a Vittoria de Sica, Federico Fellini and Francis Ford Coppola.
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