Tuesday, February 7, 2017

RIP Gianfranco Plenizio

La Repubblica
February 7, 2017

Gianfranco Plenizio, composer for Fellini and Mario Monicelli is dead

He wrote the music for "E la nave va" In the filmography of the Friulian musician, 76, also conducted for the Billy Wilder and Brian De Palma films

Gianfranco Plenizio, died today in Rome, aged 76, one of the most celebrated authors of soundtracks of the Italian cienema. Composer, conductor, an expert in nineteenth century Italian chamber music, Plenizio had collaborated with the excellence of Italian cinema by writing hundreds of soundtracks including those of “E la nave va” for Federico Fellini in 1983 and “Temporale Rosy” of Mario Monicelli in '79. Plenizio has also conducted the orchestra for the music of “The Adventures of Pinocchio” by Luigi Comencini, and for the films of Pietro Germi, Ermanno Olmi, Luigi Magni, Marco Bellocchio, Ettore Scola, Elio Petri and Brian De Palma.

Born near Udine in 1941, he began his career as a pianist and then devoted himself to conducting. Debuted at twenty-five years of age with the Barber of Seville by Rossini conducted following the most prestigious orchestras in the world, from Santa Cecilia to the London Symphony. He has recorded for RCA, Memories, Fonit-Cetra, Sampaolo, Frequenz, Musikstrasse. Its African Suite for two flutes and piano was performed around the world including New York's Carnegie Hall.

Plenizio possessed the largest archive in the world of Italian Romance: Passionately research and rediscovery of the repertoire of vocal chamber music of the Italian nineteenth century and has written books and themes and recorded several CDs including Forbidden Music, dedicated to loving and erotic genre of living room romances. He was also one of the leading world experts in Havana cigars on which he wrote the volumes in Havana and Puro corazón habano. Dialogues purists.

PLENIZIO, Gianfranco
Born: 1/10/1931, Sedegliano, Udine, Italy
Died: 2/7/2017, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Gianfranco Plenizio’s westerns – composer:
Garter Colt – 1968 [composer]
Boot Hill – 1969 [conductor]
El Puro – 1969 [conductor]
They Call Me Trinity – 1970 [conductor]
Trinity is STILL My Name – 1971 [musical director]
The Three Musketeers of the West – 1973 [musical director]
White Fang to the Rescue – 1974 [conductor]
Red Coat – 1975 [conductor]
Spaghetti Western – 1975 [conductor]
Who’s Afraid of Zorro – 1975 [composer, conductor]
Zorro – 1975 [conductor]
Django Strikes Again- 1987 [composer]

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