2019 June 03 • Monday
The 572nd Soundtrack of the Week is
Nora Orlandi's music for Il diario proibito di Fanny.
The "Titoli" theme is a jazz waltz for a combo of horns, guitar, bass and drums,
with the horns
doing most of the work with this punchy and swinging start-and-stop melody.
"Luna Park" sounds like calliope music with
flute and Wurlitzer trading off as the main voice.
And then there’s "Psichidelico", which is a
trippy but spacious piece for just organ and percussion.
"Come in un western" does in fact sound just like a spaghetti
western cue with the trumpet dominating the
first half while twangy electric guitar takes over for the second.
Continuing the western theme is a "Saloon" piece, and that
particular piano style has never appealed to me. It’s replaced almost
immediately by solo classical piano. Chopin, maybe?
Then there’s a "Shake". I always enjoy these. This one has a typically bouncy beat,
cool electric guitar sound and very minimal melodic and harmonic activity.
The "Love Theme" is a gentle piece introduced by flute. It unexpectedly
switches to what sounds like solo cello playing a heartbeat motif.
"Atmosfera religiosa" is bells and organ.
The "Luna Park" theme returns as "Valzerina con voce", a lovely song
with wordless vocals and accordion.
"Temino popolare" wouldn’t be out of place in a Nino Rota Fellini score.
The female vocalist from "Valzerina con voce" returns in
"Paura e sensualità" to add sensuality
while other instruments do the fear.
"Tarantella" is a kind of dance, with a marchy feel to it, I guess. This made me
think the military was mobilizing to repel Godzilla.
The "Luna Park" theme gets various workouts, as a lounge, as a fox trot, or just
whistled, and several of the other cues are repeated in different variations as well.
The CD concludes with the two sides of the single. First the lush, orchestral take
on the theme first heard in Luna Park and then a different vocal version of the same,
1920s feel and instrumentation, called "Fanny e Michel".