BIOGRAPHY

(b Rome26 May 1946). Italian composer. He studied privately and after graduating in the piano at the Milan Conservatory (1967) became a pupil of Manos Hadjidakis (1969). Of his more than 80 film scores, the first was for Silvano Agosti. A spare, personal idiom – contemporary but also suffused with archaic traces – is to be found in his work with Marco Bellochio (Nel nome del Padre, 1970; Sbatti il mostro in prima pagina, 1973; Marcia trionfale, 1975) and the Taviani brothers (La notte di San Lorenzo, 1982; Kaos, 1984; Good Morning Babylon, 1987; Il sole anche di notte, 1990). His scores for Fellini (Ginger and Fred, 1985; L’intervista, 1987; La voce della luna, 1990), however, are memorable more for the prestige they brought than for their expressive qualities. As well as other film collaborations with Sergio Citti, Mario Monicelli, Giuseppe Bertolucci, Luigi Magni, Nanni Moretti and Bigas Luna, Piovani has written a considerable amount of incidental music (for Carlo Cecchi, Luca De Filippo, Maurizio Scaparro and Vittorio Gassman) and has had great theatrical success with his racconti musicali on texts by Vincenzo Cerami (La Cantata del Fiore, 1988; La Cantata del Buffo, 1989). Other works include a musical, I setti re di Roma (1989), to a libretto by Luigi Magni, a ballet, Fellini (1995), further racconti musicaliIl signor Novecento (1992) and Canti di scena (1993), and chamber music, including an octet (Quattro canti senza parole), a piano trio (Il demone meschino), a flute and piano duo (Ballata epica) and a saxophone quartet (L’assassino). He has been awarded a Nastro d’argento.

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