MORRICONE & CHANNEL ONE OF RUSSIA
Original Soundtrack "72 Metra"
- This is my Symphony in memory of submariners of "KURSK".
You can visit the official Russian site of 72 Metra for a wealth of information about the film.
- The Grief Of Parting (12:40)
- The Diving In The Sea (17:54)
- The Final - The Sun Again (8:35)
- The Conclusion (1:54)
Ennio Morricone gave gave an interview to a Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda about his work in 72 Metra as well as about the rest of his career. The interview is in Russian, but we have translated it into English for you!
Ennio Morricone: 72 Meters - this is the Russian answer to American K-19.
Popular Italian movie composer wrote music for the new Vladimir Khotinenko film. He gave an interview to Komsomolskaya Pravda at the film festival in Locarno.
Not everyone will immediately recall the names and the subjects of many of the 480 films, music to which was written by Ennio Morricone, but the melodies are instantly recognizable. Millions of copies have been released. They can be heard from the television screens and from the store fronts in Italy, in America, and in Russia. Here, perhaps, people most of all remember television series The Octopus and Once Upon A Time In America...
He was invited to the festival in Locarno, Switzerland, to give a lecture with an all-encompassing title Aspects and Problems of the Creation of a Composer in Our Times. Having said what was expected of him, Morricone moved to a grand piano to play a musical theme from the film Battle for Algeria, which is by far more famous than the film itself. Unfortunately, I cannot sing it for you from a newspaper page. Instead, I can reproduce our conversation with the maestro.
I am not called omnivorous for nothing.
- Mr. Ennio, why you did undertake to write music for the sub par films?
- Well, I didn't request scripts from directors. Some of them I I agreed to do simply out of the love for the cinema... Yes, they call me omnivorous, but I don't care. For example, it is terribly boring to write music only for westerns.
- You like chess. But what is the use of it for a composer?
- In chess you fight as in boxing, but with your brains, not with your fists. Each piece has its role, its time of action. Same in the orchestra - a tube will begin to play at a specific moment, trombone will enter at the end. I conduct chess pieces as I do musicians in the orchestra... Great Russian chess players demonstrated significant talent for music and could master foreign language in several weeks. Everything is interrelated...
I don't want to burden the listener with complex music.
- I like it. By the way, Quentin Tarantino in the new film Kill Bill uses my music as well as the composition of Ulrich's Larsa by the same Metallica. My compositions are generally easy to strum on the guitar even for a nonprofessional player, since at the basis of the compositions is a simple harmonics. I do not want to burden my listener, whose life, most likely, is complex even without me . I try to write simple music.
- Is that why your film music became so popular?
- I carefully watched the films, which used the music by Bach, Mozart, Mahler, and posed myself a question: "They did not write specially for the cinema, so why, for example, Mahler sounds so magnificently in Visconti's Death in Venice?" Cinema music is remembered, if this is actual music. Real music. Even if it seems simple.
Russians Italians have similar temperaments
- You composed musical score to the new picture by Russian director Vladimir Khotinenko 72 Metra...
- Yes, I was touched by its story of male friendship, faithfulness to their oath and to their duty. The film is about the crew of a Russian submarine, which came to belong to the Ukraine after the collapse of the USSR. Seamen refused to take the oath to another state, and they leave it. But the Russian submarine, which they are given, perishes because of the negligence of the technical personnel. (The film features Sergey Makovetskiy, Sergey Garmash, Marat Basharov, Chulpan Khamatova. - S. T.)... On the whole, as far as I see it, this is a Russian answer to the American film K-19. And just as the American film, this one is also based at the real events.
- Did you write the music in the Russian style?
- No, I did not have to imitate it. Indeed, it had been noted long ago that Russians and Italians have similar temperaments.