Pier Paolo Pasolini

Pier Paolo Pasolini

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The films of avant-garde Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini, murdered under murky circumstances in 1975, are, you might say, notable for their variety. Who else would have filmed both a life of Christ (The Gospel According to St. Matthew, 1964) and a novel by the Marquis de Sade, complete with such details as coprophilia (Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, 1974)? Given this, the soundtrack music compiled on this disc is remarkably mainstream. The Gospel According to St. Matthew is, for no apparent reason, not included. Instead, the collection focuses on Pasolini's extension of the Italian neo-realist style into radical politics, using a variety of popular styles to set the scene. The music for these is by Ennio Morricone and a few other leading Italian film composers, including Benedetto Ghiglia, and it doesn't for the most part sound markedly different from what one would hear in a Sophia Loren vehicle located on late-night cable TV. The Flower of 1001 Nights is represented by a single, rather generic piece of Middle Eastern music by Morricone. Salò itself was marked by the use, already a bit hackneyed by then, of "O Fortuna" from Orff's Carmina Burana. Pasolini was obviously regarded with affection by the Italian film community; the 32-page booklet shows photos of him with Fellini, Anna Magnani, and other famous figures. Indeed, the most intriguing item is not from a soundtrack at all, but is an Addio per Pier Paolo Pasolini by Morricone, concluding the disc. The disc seems to be intended mostly as a keepsake for Pasolini's admirers; the booklet includes no text, but includes reproductions of several of the interesting original posters for Pasolini's films. The virtue of the disc is that the materials included would be difficult for students of Pasolini's films to locate and bring together in one place, but those materials would be unlikely on their own to lead anyone into an appreciation of this director.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Mamma Roma, film score
1
2:57
2
feat: C. Buti
2:40
Rogopag, Laviamoci, film score
3
2:33
Capriccio All'Italiana, film score
4
feat: D. Modugno
3:52 Amazon
Teorema, film score
5
4:15
6
2:43
7
feat: Trio Junior
2:21
Porcile, film score
8
feat: B. Ghiglia
2:00
9
feat: B. Ghiglia
2:11
10
feat: B. Ghiglia
3:02
Medea, film score
11
2:16
Il Fiore Delle Mille E Una Notte, film score
12
3:21
Carmina Burana, scenic cantata for soloists, choruses & orchestra
13
feat: Carl Orff
2:51
14
2:54
15
4:08
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