Giorgio Gaslini – Segnali

Giorgio Gaslini - Segnali LP front cover
Giorgio Gaslini - Segnali LP back cover
Giorgio Gaslini - Segnali LP side A

Giorgio GasliniMilanese jazz pianist Giorgio Gaslini, born 1929, led a successful career in jazz, film soundtrack and contemporary music. In the 1960s, his contemporary music compositions were published by Milan-based label Durium (Composizioni Cameristiche, 1966,  Grido, 1968, Segnali, 1968). In 1960, he famously composed the unforgettable music to Michelangelo Antonioni’s film La Notte, a deep, melancholic paean to night life. Gaslini went on to collaborate with film makers Carlo Lizzani and Dario Argento – he wrote half of the soundtrack for Profondo Rosso with Goblin in 1975, for instance. See Gaslini’s official website for more info.

♫ Published in 1968, this disc gathers three of Giorgio Gaslini’s contemporary music compositions of the 1960s. A masterful aural perambulation led by an unnamed rhapsode, Segnali, written in 1966 for solo oboe, is a succession of mysterious, semaphoric notes forming a captivating network of poetic pointillism. The instrument may sound hieratic and ancient, yet its sharp notes unmissably resonate in the present time like a warning. Canto dalla città Inquieta (or Song of the Worried City) is the fifth movement of Totale I, a large composition in 5 parts for orchestra and tape written 1965-66. Canto… artfully fuses pre-recorded sounds with orchestral interjections to create a disturbing soundscape inspired by a cityscape, according to the title. The tape parts include various noises, street sounds, film dialogues, children’s choir, and are used as a constant background, like in Luigi Nono’s Intolleranza 1960 (1961) or A floresta é jovem e cheja de vida (1966) – minus the dialectics, that is. Composed in 1968, Una specialità delle Cantine Verità is a miniature opera with a cast of 4 performers, a soprano singer and 3 instrumentists. The scene takes place in 1942 in a cabaret where five Italians, all played by the singer, “mauled and exhausted by war, express their pain, their nostalgia, their fears and helplessness” about war (from liner notes). Lyrics come from various texts by Bertold Brecht, Marko Angelow and Giorgio Gaslini himself. The 3 instrumentists double as protagonists as well, and harp, oboe and acoustic guitar seem to reply and dialogue with the singer in a performance that is thus very close to musical theatre.

01 Segnali (16:20)
Alberto Caroldi, oboe

02 Canto dalla città Inquieta – for orchestra and tape (11:24)
International Chamber Ensemble
Giorgio Gaslini, conductor

03 Una specialità delle Cantine Verità – pocket opera (12:43)
Françoise Rousseau, soprano
Lidia Borri Motola, harp
Alfio Gerbi, oboe
Alan O’Casy, guitar
Giorgio Gaslini, conductor

Total time 40:27
LP released by Durium, ref. ms AI 77190, Milan, Italy, 1968


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9 Responses to “Giorgio Gaslini – Segnali”

  1. 1 Joaquín Mendoza Sebastián June 16, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Great great album!!!..loved the cover too!..I think the contemporary composers that worked with filmmakers, knew better how to blend the orchestra with the electronics in an organic mix…just like juxtaposing shots in an editing room


  2. 2 continuo June 16, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I like your idea of organic mix very much, Joaquín, and I think it applies to some of the music here, but not all. It is also true that sound montage is in many ways similar to film montage – music and film being fairly time dependent.

  3. 3 newname June 17, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Very nice music pictures, especially when out is big heat while you enjoy in the shade this great album…or may even rain… (or my english)


    Thanks Continuo !!!

  4. 4 continuo June 17, 2011 at 10:12 am

    You’re welcome.

  5. 5 Dalis Crespo June 18, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Saludos cordiales, gracias por el buen material de obsequio. He seguido con detalle cada una de sus publicaciones y a bien de la educación aural y/o cultural perfectamente Continuo ha sido un referente. Hay nuevos trabajos de investigación sonora. Puede revisar las fotos o audios en saludos cordiales

  6. 6 continuo June 18, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Hi, Dalis. Some great sounds on your Ecousmedia MySpace page, especially these extraordinary Venezuelan birds. Good luck with your project.

  7. 7 rob June 20, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    merci monsieur c. i look forward to this one – exactly the kind of thing that gwen jamois used to pull out of his bag of rarities…

  8. 8 continuo June 20, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    HI, Rob. Didn’t know you were friends with Gwen. The world of vinyl lovers is a small world, indeed.

  9. 9 rob June 21, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    not friends exactly – but i often used to bump into him in various shops around london. i haven’t seen him for ages now..

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