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My 40 years of cinema scores

ciakmagazine.it 11/24/2016 


«Since I have started, 40 years ago, everything has changed. The young who want to be cinema composers have far more chances from a technological perspective, but also more challenges to face: nowadays films have more repertory scores, not only pop ones, and for budget reasons producers are not always willing to invest money on the soundtrack». This is what Franco Piersanti, historic composer for Nanni Moretti’s films, from “Io sono un autarchico” to “Habemus Papam”, but also for Gianni Amelio, Mimmo Calopresti, Daniele Luchetti ones, thinks. After winning three David di Donatello awards (for “Il ladro di bambini”, “Lamerica” and “Il caimano” scores), two Nastri d’Argento (for “Terraferma” and “Io e te”) and seven Ciack d’Oro, Piersanti is a person who cares for the young and teaches his work to many of them. This applies, for instance, to the festival Creuza de Mà (to be continued in Cagliari, on December 7-11 2016) dedicated to music for cinema, where the Masterclass Sergio Miceli has been established and that, in its first edition, has been conducted by Piersanti himself. «At the end of the masterclass, held in November, I have assigned four clips to compose scores for to the masterclass participants»; says Piersanti. «They are submitting their scores: the five best ones will be played by the orchestra at the end of the festival Creuza de Mà». The masterclass is dedicated to Sergio Miceli, «a great musicologist passed away last summer, who has drawn public attention on applied music, placing it in the music of the 20th Century that accompanies the seventh art, cinema».




Franco Piersanti and music for images

Written by Paolo Eustachi. Published in Reportage

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Reportage del concerto del 20 febbraio 2010 all’Aula Magna per la stagione IUC

A premiere represents – at least for a reporter – a highly emotional moment. The presentation of a new artistic creature is a great event especially if one considers the huge challenges cultural life is confronted with, in particular in our country where everything seems to be overwhelmed by mediocre tv shows daily competing in a pathetical audience challenge and that sadly and (un)explainably are widely covered on the main newspapers.
A premiere can eventually become an unforgettable memory when the listener meets a true and deep music writing, not limited to the simple sound experimentation. Before being seen as a cinema scores specialist, Franco Piersanti is a great classical composer just like his education is deeply “classical”.