Sergio Montori & Gian Paolo Chiti ‘Quadri Antichi’

Quadri Antichi LP front cover
Quadri Antichi LP back cover
Quadri Antichi side A

In the 1970s, classically trained composer Gian Paolo Chiti, born 1939, teamed up with film soundtrack composer Sergio Montori to record some of the most original film music produced in Italy. From the cheesy Risoluzioni Sonore, 1971, to the deranged, pseudo-ethnic music of Africa Nera Africa Rossa, 1978, the duo rubbed shoulders with other giants of Italian colonna sonora like Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai. Montori & Chiti also worked for television feature films and documentaries, and some of their best music was done for the RAI channel.

♫  The Quadri Antichi LP – published by Duse Records, a subdivision of Roman film music label Beat Records Company, collects incidental music written by Montori & Chiti for an Italian TV documentary series of the late 1970s titled Le Strade della Storia: Dentro l’Archeologia (Ways of History: Archeology). The series describes Ancient Rome knowledge and way of life. The 4 episodes were titled as follows:

  1. L’educazione nell’antica Roma [Education]
  2. La Scienza dei Romani [Science]
  3. La Costruttività per i Romani [Architecture]
  4. Ambiente e natura nell’antica Roma [Everyday life]

The duo’s music for Quadri Antichi sounds like the re-creation of an imagined Ancient Rome, full of solemn, ancient hymns and martial airs played on classical instruments. Noble flutes are paired with sacred temple bells, trumpet calls resonate over hand held percussion, zither eerie notes vibrate over kettle drum rolls. Instruments also include harp, organ and electronic organ (#14, 2:40). The music is at times reminiscent of the Atrium Musicae de Madrid‘s Musique de la Grèce Antique LP, recorded 1978 and published 1979.

01 Vita Agreste (3:29)
02 Crepuscolo al Castello (3:42)
03 Alba Drammatica (3:28)
04 Sogni di Castellana (4:06)
05 Racconti Sull’aia (2:54)
06 Danza dei Satiri (2:28)
07 Echi di Guerra (2:32)
08 Cerimonia Militare (2:40)
09 Allarme al Campo (1:31)
10 Rito Propiziatorio (2:29)
11 La Diana (2:19)
12 Archibugieri (3:50)
13 Festa al Castello (2:11)
14 Leggenda del Bosco (5:28)

Total time 43mns
LP released by Duse Records, Italy, 1979


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Montori & Chiti discography (tbc):
Risoluzioni Sonore, LP, Lupus records
La Banda Vallanzasca, 7″, Cinevox MDF 116
Attenti Ragazzi, et al., LP, Beat Records Company
Quadri Antichi, Duse Records ELP 066
Africa Nera Africa Rossa, LP, Cometa Edizioni Musicali, CMT 1016
Pagan Ballade, LP, Duse Records ELP 072

Sergio Montori solo:
1974 The Driver’s Seat, LP, Ariete
1977 Interno di un convento

Gian Paolo Chiti solo:
1983 Momenti Barocchi, LP, Cometa Edizioni Musicali

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8 Responses to “Sergio Montori & Gian Paolo Chiti ‘Quadri Antichi’”

  1. 1 newname September 29, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Very nice!!! … Thanks.I long been looking for some information about the music from the series “L’Odissea” (1968). The music is by Carlo Rustichelli.I wonder if that nice music released on vinyl or cd …. or maybe on some of its various lp’s?!!
    If anyone has some info i would be very grateful.

  2. 2 continuo September 29, 2010 at 9:59 am

    I have no info about L’Odissea, though I’d be glad to give it a listen as well.

  3. 3 newname September 29, 2010 at 10:18 am

    I know that…thanks Continuo.

  4. 4 temp November 9, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    This is great! Thanks!

  5. 5 continuo November 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    You’re welcome.

  6. 6 Denis July 20, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Hello Continuo!

    I stumbled upon this great LP rip on your site and I notice the link is inactive now.

    Would you be so kind to reupload this one?

    Your efforts would be much appreciated.

    Hope to hear from you.

    Have a nice day!

    P.S. An impressive site you have got here. Very versatile and informative. Thanks!

  7. 7 continuo July 20, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    See the 2012 Re-ups page.

  8. 8 Denis July 21, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Thanks for the quick reply Continuo and hello!
    Sadly I never downloaded anything from your website so I have nothing to share/reupload in that Re-ups page.
    So I will just forget about it.
    No worries and thanks anyway.
    Take care!

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