Stelvio Cipriani was well known as a seasoned composer of music for film even during the early stages of his now long career. He was able to turn his hand and musical style to just about every kind of storyline, genre and scenario. Released in 1975, LA MOGLIE GIOVANE contained a haunting and pleasing score. The 1970s were the busiest period for Cipriani and during that decade he worked on numerous films, including more than a few westerns, a scattering of dramas, romances and a fair share of horror movies, giallo’s and police dramas, with a light sprinkling of comedies.
LA MOGLI GIOVANE is fairly typical of Cipriani but he is not a typical composer, so the music is not only highly romantic and tuneful but also has upbeat and dramatic moments. For the majority of the score Cipriani relies upon a light and pop oriented sound, strings, piano, subdued harpsichord flourishes, organ, saxophone, percussion and understated but effective woodwind, all coming together to create a work which is easy on the ear with a laid back, relaxing atmosphere. What I’m saying is that this isn’t complicated or difficult to listen to. It’s a soundtrack one can easily leave playing in the background but of which one is still able to pick out certain musical passages, musical phrases and catchy themes. In many ways it reminded me of the composer’s THE ANONYMOUS VENETIAN – it has that sound to it. This “sound” is more prominent in track 14 when piano and strings combine to create an emotive performance, later joined by solo guitar and subtle harpsichord, underlined by soft strings.
The score is melodic throughout with a highly romantic aura about it. The central theme is repeated throughout with the composer building his secondary themes around it and arranging the haunting composition in a number of ways. These include poignant tone poems, jazz infused cues and easy listening excursions which, once heard, linger for a long time in the listener’s mind. Well presented by BEAT records the CD has excellent sound quality and informative liner notes with a booklet containing stills from the film.