Saturday, August 2, 2014

Remembering Carlo Savina

Carlo Benvenuto Maria Savina was born on August 2, 1919 in Turin, Piedmont, Italy. His father was the first clarinetist of the EIAR Radio of Turin. He begins studying the violin when still a child, after graduating from the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi, he began his career as a soloist and conductor of small orchestras, at ballrooms.
 
In 1944 he obtained from the Ministry of National Education a diploma in musical composition, in his works of the period Sonata per clarinetto, Sonatina per violin, Recitativo e allegro per viola and Quartetto per fiati.
 
He subsequently composed music for the opera "Il vecchio geloso" by an interlude of Cervantes, with the libretto written by Mario Verdone film historian, the work was represented on August 17th 1948, at the Teatro dei Rozzi of Siena , directed by Ines Alfani Tellini, Savina won in the same year, the award of the ' Chigi Academy, for an opera, broadcast shortly afterwards on the radio, he ranked first as a result of the National Competition for Young Composers.
 
In the 1950s Carlo worked with the RAI orchestra, at the Turin headquarters, then in Rome, where he was entrusted by management a large string orchestra, composed of twelve violins, four violas, two cellos, two basses, guitar, harp , drums and piano, which approached the style of the great American orchestras of the period, the singers who collaborate with the orchestra are Katina Ranieri, Nella Colombo, Almarella, Bruno Rosettani, Vittorio Tognarelli, Gianni Ravera, Dana Ghia, Antonio Basurto, Achille Togliani.
 
In 1953, he participated with the orchestra, in experimental broadcasts on RAI Italian television RAI, directing live, because at that time magnetic recording did not exist, in variety programs, often radio source, such as Rosso e nero, and Nati per la musica.
 
In the early 1950s, he began to compose music for films at the request of his countryman Carlo Borghesio, creating the music for the movie “Il monello della strada” with Macario. Savina also arranged scores for other composers. He became one of the biggest music arrangers in the synchronization of post cinema directing, he worked in the recording studio with such composers as Ennio Morricone, Armando Trovajoli, Nino Rota and others. He conduct the orchestra for Federico Fellini’s “Prova d'orchestra” and “I clowns”. Savina composed scores for 29 Euro-westerns including “Outlaw of Red River” (1964), “A Few Dollars for Django”, “Ringo and His Golden Pistol” (both 1966), “Between God the Devil and a Winchester” (1967), “Vengeance” (1968), “The Stranger and the Gunfighter” (1974) and “Comin’ At Ya!” (1981)
 
In the space of thirty years he scored over 200 movies. Savina died in Rome, Italy on June 23, 2002, going down in history as one of the most prolific and underrated Italian composers for the screen, television and radio.
 
Today we remember composer Carlo Savina on what would have been his 95th birthday

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