Oscar Prize Nicola Piovani enchants London
London. The music is in his heart, inside his soul. Nicola Piovani – Italian film composer – enchanted audience with an exciting performance at the Italian Cultural Institute in London.
Body movements and facial expressions have captured the attention of public. At grand piano fingers’ Piovani flied on the keyboard. Soft and delicate passages which induced people to dream. A dream which travelled among music and words.
This artist presented his first book entitled “Music is dangerous”, – inspired by a comment Federico Fellini made while they worked on the film Ginger and Fred. During the exhibition, he talked about his experiences, anecdotes and encounters with musicians and famous directors. For example, he remembered the movie ‘La vita è bella’. It was not easy to create different themes for the two parts of this film, the comedy and the tragic event about ‘Shoah’. But the result was excellent: Piovani won Oscar for his soundtrack. “I like starting to work with research form which evaluates difficulties”. His strength is the ability to overcome each obstacle.
What does soundtrack represents to you?
A soundtrack represents something which it’s not possible to put into words. It usually goes inside audience’s mind without having permission. Few notes are able to reveal the plot of a movie. For this reason an excellent soundtrack can be always remembered.
Music and technology: could this bond be an opportunity or a risk?
I believe scientific inventions and discoveries are always an opportunity. Obviously, it’s important to use them in the right way, for instance nuclear energy can be useful for people, but a wrong use can lead to tragic events, such as Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
I think technology should be used with an expressive and artistic approach. Only this method can bring together, music and technology. When technology is put into service for illegal purposes, there isn’t passion for music, but lust for money, solely.
In Italy there is a recession which involves also cultural sphere. Some Italian young musicians move abroad because they don’t feel valued in their home country. What do you think about this trend?
Italy has to face many negative consequences from mismanagement. We have been ruled for two decades by people who declared officially to detest culture. I’m sure Italy needs a radical inversion to change this situation.
Could you give some advice to youngsters who want to undertake a music career?
As I said before, technology can broaden horizons, but I suggest doing many exercise with pencil and paper. I mean the exercises about orchestration. It’s absolutely important to study ancient scores because in this way a young musician can project himself into the future.
Have you planned other exhibitions in London?
I would like to perform ‘I viaggi di Ulisse’ and ‘Numero 7’ and other works for chamber music. Clearly, there should be the availability from the city of London.
Your fist book is entitled ‘Music is dangerous’. Why could music be dangerous?
Music is dangerous because beautiful things are always dangerous. I don’t mean the outward appearance . This aspect can interest to fashion industries, but the artistic point of view is very different.
Indeed the arts aim to be immortal.
About Nicola Piovani
Nicola Piovani (b. 26 May 1946, Rome, Italy) is a light-classical musician, theater and film score composer, and winner of the 1998 Best Original Dramatic Score Oscar for the score of the Roberto Benigni film La Vita è bella, better known to English-speaking audiences as Life Is Beautiful.
He received his piano diploma from the “G. Verdi” Conservatory in Milan. Among those who encouraged him in composition was the greek composer Manos Hadjidakis. Nicola’s father Alberico, used to play in the local band when he was young, in his hometown of Corchiano, near Rome. There was always music in their house: accordions, mandolins, trumpets, guitars, an authentic amateur family passion