I just came back from italy a couple months ago. I really miss the mnusic out there. Im trying to find the old classic music from italy like you always see in movies etc. Can anyone here let me know of some italian music that i can get a hold of?? thanks
could you be more specific? Italian music is huge... Are you looking for "classic" '60/'70 stuff? Old italian songs? Modern pop?
Either way, my recommendations:
- Paolo Conte (one of my favorite singer, he is the best; a singer in his '60 from Alba in the Piamonte region, that has a very jazzy sound. Check his "the best of", which is a very good compilation).
- Adriano Celentano (a classic, although not my favorite).
- Renato Carosone (great singer from the post-war area: his classic, "Tu vuo' fa' l'americano", appeared in the film "The Talented Mr. Ripley", when they are partying in Naples).
- Fabrizio De Andre (another great singer)...
well, the list could go on and on, but with this you'll have plenty.
Original soundtracks from movies to start such as Cinema Paradiso, and Il Postino. I looked and Amazon does have cds for them. I typed in 'roman holiday' into Amazon and came up with a bunch of options. If you are looking for sheet music then I will be no help at all. Also at Borders they have a section of INTL music and have many european countries including Italia!
Search for soundtrack CDs by these popular Italian Film compossers:
Luis Enriquez Bacalov
Manuel De Sica
Angelo Francesco Lavagnino
Gino Marinuzzi Jr.
Hope this helps!
Ooooo! Pick me! I'm a classically trained singer!
Go to any music store, like the kind that sells instruments and sheet music, and ask for the 26 Italian hits songbook for singers. In it you will find all the things you hear singers on a boat or in a restaurant singing. All the greats, like Caro Mio Ben, Star Vicino, Nel Cor Piu Non Mi Sento, Se Tu M'ami, Amarilli Mia Bella, O Cessate Di Piagarmi, Sebben Crudele, and O Del Mio Dolce Ardor.
Some composers from the same period are Tommaso Giordani, Alessandro Parisotti, Giovanni Paisiello, Alessandro Scarlatti, Giulio Caccini, and Claudio Monteverdi.
Monteverdi did a lot of stuff, including quite a bit of oratorio and opera music. It's probably more the art songs that you're thinking of, though.
For just instrumental music, Vivaldi is pretty good stuff. Just do a google search for Renaissance, Baroque, or Classical (time period from about 1550 through 1800) music and Italian composers.
The book above can be ordered from darn near any music store and usually comes with a CD. Look for music conducted by Nicolas McGegan, who is an early music expert. Sophie Daneman is a great soprano singer.
Of course, I could be totally wrong, and you're thinking more like Andrea Bocelli, the blind Italian tenor, although he does a lot of this music also.