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Also Known As: Giovanni Rota, Nino Rotta Died: April 10, 1979
Born: December 3, 1911 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Milano, IT Profession: composer

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Although he will always be remembered for composing the haunting music in the first two films in director Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather" trilogy, during his nearly 50 year career Nino Rota was one of the most prolific Italian film composers. A classically trained composer, Rota's career began in earnest in the early 1940s and lasted until his death in 1979. During that period he wrote 176 film scores, including several for the celebrated Italian film director Federico Fellini. In addition to the first two "Godfather" films, the second of which earned him an Academy Award for Best Original Score in 1975, some of Rota's more notable works included "The White Sheik" (1952), "La Strada" (1954), and "8 1/2" (1963), all three of which were directed by Fellini. By the time of his death at age 67 in 1979, Rota, who also wrote several operas, ballets and orchestral competitions in addition to his film work, was recognized as one of the most important composers of the twentieth centuryBorn in Milan to a family of musicians in 1911, Rota was recognized early on as a child prodigy. He composed his first oratorio at the age of 11, a three act lyrical comedy at 13, and by 19 had graduated from Saint...

Although he will always be remembered for composing the haunting music in the first two films in director Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather" trilogy, during his nearly 50 year career Nino Rota was one of the most prolific Italian film composers. A classically trained composer, Rota's career began in earnest in the early 1940s and lasted until his death in 1979. During that period he wrote 176 film scores, including several for the celebrated Italian film director Federico Fellini. In addition to the first two "Godfather" films, the second of which earned him an Academy Award for Best Original Score in 1975, some of Rota's more notable works included "The White Sheik" (1952), "La Strada" (1954), and "8 1/2" (1963), all three of which were directed by Fellini. By the time of his death at age 67 in 1979, Rota, who also wrote several operas, ballets and orchestral competitions in addition to his film work, was recognized as one of the most important composers of the twentieth century

Born in Milan to a family of musicians in 1911, Rota was recognized early on as a child prodigy. He composed his first oratorio at the age of 11, a three act lyrical comedy at 13, and by 19 had graduated from Saint Cecelia Academy in Rome with a degree in composition. After a brief stay in the United States, Rota returned to his native country in 1932, having earned a degree in literature from the University of Milan in 1937, before beginning his career as a film composer in the early '40s. Having worked steadily throughout the decade, by the late '40s Rota entered an unparalleled period of productivity that would see him compose upwards of 10 film scores a year for the next three decades. In 1952 Rota scored his first film for the legendary Italian director, Federico Fellini, called "The White Sheik," and thus embarked on a long collaboration with the director. Over the ensuing decades, Rota scored several of Fellini's most celebrated works, most notably the surreal "8 1/2" (1963) and the fanciful "Juliet of the Spirits" (1965). Film directors from all over the world also took note; throughout his career Rota scored the films of Renato Castellani, Luchino Visconti, Franco Zeffirelli, King Vidor, Rene Clement and Edward Dmytrik, among several other notable international directors. Rota's most memorable films scores, however, were for "The Godfather" (1972) and "The Godfather: Part II" (1974), the latter of which earned him his first and only Oscar for Best Original Score. Nino Rota died in 1979 from heart failure but his legacy and influence continue to be felt in the work of contemporary film composers.

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Education

Accademia di Santa Cecilia: -
Curtis Institute of Music: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania -
University of Milan: - 1937

Notes

His score for "The Godfather" (1972) was originally one of the five films nominated for Best Original Score but was later withdrawn and declared ineligible because the composer recycled themes used in 1958's "Fortunella".

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