Oggi a me domani a te


I have always found Lavagnino scored westerns to be a fusion of American and Italian styles, by this I mean we get the larger scale orchestral flourishes that one would normally associate with the likes of Dimitri TiomkinMax Steiner etc, plus the catchy and rhythmic themes or passages that can be linked with Italian scoring approaches to the genre. This particular score is very welcome on compact disc. I was particularly pleased as I do recall going to see the movie back in the 70s and thinking that maybe the film was a little slow and thus found it difficult to pick out Lavagnino’s work, and at that time did not really appreciating it in conjunction with the images up on screen. I just could not understand why the final showdown was not scored but remained minus music? However after a few years I did see the movie once more and being older and a more seasoned collector of soundtracks and also understanding better the mechanics of film music I took on board the way in which the music did integrate and work with the films storyline, this is in no way a traditionally scored spaghetti, if there is such a thing? There are certainly very few of the musical trademarks present that we so readily identify with the genre, i.e., whistling, electric guitar solos, female voice or choir but what we have instead is more classical sounding western score, that includes a theme with a catchy hook, various saloon pieces, a number of near atonal action/drama cues I say near atonal as they still seem to retain elements that are musical and have tonality, a tender and poignant love theme plus a sprinkling of short almost martial sounding takes on the scores opening or central theme, and also an alternate theme that has a military style. Lavagnino makes excellent use of percussion throughout, rumbling kettledrums acting as an ominous sounding background to tense strings and a threatening organ rift. Track 14 for me personally is a highlight as it is here I feel traditional American western score meets Italian western in a somewhat low key but effective fashion. This certainly is a score that should have been issued onto CD as it is an important one within the collection of works that can be categorized as the genre of spaghetti western soundtrack. Sound quality is superb, how do Digitmovies achieve this top quality sound with items over 40 years old? Presented wonderfully with eye catching artwork and informative notes included. One to add to your collection.

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