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G. Viviani
Nino Rota: La dolce vita
Sources of the Creative Process

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214 p., 104 colour ill., 24 b/w tables, 250 x 350 mm, 2018
ISBN: 978-2-503-56644-3
Languages: English, Italian
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This volume includes an introductory study placing the collaboration of Fellini and Rota on La Dolce Vita in context and illustrating the compositional process, taking into account the intermediary phase of the short scores. Facsimile reproductions of a rich cross-section of sources, each accompanied by critical commentary, form a major part of this book. Non-musical documents such as letters between Rota and publishers concerning the alleged plagiarism of Kurt Weill as well as press cuttings make it possible to reconstruct some episodes in the composition and reception of Rota's music. Notebooks containing Rota's first verbal and musical annotations concerning La Dolce Vita and manuscripts comprising the definitive version of the score, are accompanied by cases of re-orchestration, re-elaborations of single episodes and piano reductions which will shed new light on the reception of Rota's music independently of the Fellini film.


Giada Viviani is an Italian musicologist. The focus of her research is in 20th Century classical Italian music, music philology and 17th-19th Century Italian Opera. Her research has been supported by prestigious scholarships (Yale University, Swiss National Science Foundation, Paul Sacher Foundation) and her academic writings have been published in six different languages. She is currently Research Fellow at the Department of Musicology in Cremona (Italy) and a lecturer at the University of the Arts in Berlin.
Interest Classification:
Fine Arts & Performing Arts

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