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The Godfather Trilogy: I, II & III

The Godfather Trilogy: I, II & III

by Paul BatemanPaul Bateman


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No small part of the success of The Godfather was director Francis Ford Coppola's coup in getting Italian composer Nino Rota, best known for his scores to Federico Fellini's films, to write its music. Rota borrowed and transformed a theme from an earlier work of his as the score's main motive, presenting a lovely, lonely, minor-key melody that evoked the Italian heritage on which Coppola built the film's sense of grand tragedy. The melody was highly serviceable, working both as a single trumpet tune and as the basis for dances and other musical moments throughout the film. Coppola also brought in his father, Carmine Coppola, to handle some of the music on both The Godfather and The Godfather, Part II, with the elder Coppola taking over more extensively on The Godfather, Part III, which was produced after Rota's death. Soundtrack albums for all three films reached the charts, and now Silva America Records has put together an album of music from the three films, newly recorded by the City of Prague Philharmonic conducted by Paul Bateman. The cardboard cover on the CD jewel box contains the phrase "30th Anniversary," which indicates that somebody can't count, because The Godfather was released in 1972, but no matter. The music remains compelling, with the prelude to Pietro Mascagni's opera Cavalleria Rusticana, used as the dramatic conclusion to Part III, fitting in well and suggesting one of the influences on Rota's style.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/13/2001
Label: Silva America
UPC: 0738572112127
catalogNumber: 1121
Rank: 3379


  1. The Godfather - Waltz
  2. Love Theme from the Godfather
  3. Sicilian Pastorale
  4. The Pick-Up
  5. The Godfather - Tarantella
  6. The Godfather - Mazurka
  7. The Godfather - Finale
  8. The Immigrant
  9. Kay
  10. Marcia Stilo Italiano
  11. The Godfather, Pt. 2 - End Title
  12. Marcia Religiosa
  13. Marcia Festa
  14. The Immigrant/Love Theme from the Godfather III
  15. The Godfather 3 - Intermezzo
  16. Preludio from Cavalleria Rusticana
  17. Coda: The Godfather Finale

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Bateman   Primary Artist,Conductor
Rudolph Wiederman   Conductor
David Temple   Choir Master
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Pietro Mascagni   Arranger,Orchestration
Nino Rota   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes,Orchestration
Carmine Coppola   Arranger,Composer,Orchestration
Mike Ross-Trevor   Engineer
David Wishart   Liner Notes
Crouch End Festival Chorus   Contributor
James Fitzpatrick   Producer
Miroslav Vilimec   Orchestra Leader
Christopher Tin   Arranger,Orchestration
Reynold da Silva   Executive Producer

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