Giovanni Rota Rinaldi, better known as Nino Rota (1911 - 1979), was an Italian composer, pianist and arranger mostly renowned for his long-lasting sodalitium with Federico Fellini.
Rota’s scores for Fellini’s milestones such as “La Dolce Vita”, “8 ½”, Oscar-winning “Amarcord”, “I Clowns”, “Giulietta degli Spiriti” and “Il Casanova”, just to name a few, feature some of the most recognisable and loved themes in the history of cinema and a symbol of Italian culture in the world. The classical training of Nino Rota, as well as his interest in dodecaphonic music, characterise his soundtracks: highly refined yet simple, bittersweet melodies constantly on the edge between melancholia and timid joy. His scores have the unparalleled gift of evoking long-lost yet familiar atmospheres, places and feelings. Nino Rota is also celebrated for his outstanding work with director Luchino Visconti, on masterpieces like “Il Gattopardo” and “Rocco e i Suoi Fratelli”. Rota is one of the artists featured in CAM Sugar’s Heritage collection, a series of releases celebrating the legacy of the scores that made the history of Italian film music.
Our Nino Rota selection.
Including his most memorable compositions from the scores he wrote for Fellini's films.