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Gatto, Il



Gatto, Il (1977)

Ennio Morricone 

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Music for a dead cat
by a soundtrack collector (December 31, 2006)
Ennio Morricone wrote the score of this film by Luigi Comencini using the titles Senza sparere niente di lei (Knowing nothing about her), La Donna della Domenica (Sunday’s Woman), Il Gatto (The Cat).
The main theme, Il Gatto (The Cat) is without doubt the best known and best loved of all the pieces. The leimotif has a distinctly Rossinian feel to it, and its rhythmic construction is a playful wink as his own compositions for the films of Elio Petri (such as Indagine su un Cittadino al di sopra di ogni Sospetto). Il Gatto (The Cat) described perfectly in the musical key the scenes in the film which combine the different genres of the commedia all’italiana and a cold-blooded noir. Classical arias alternate with more rhythmical pieces (tracks 3 and 7), delicately refined compositions (tracks 2 and 4) and themes bordering on the erotic (tracks 5 and 14). Morricone returns often to the Main Theme, varying and reworking it in quite different ways to suit the scenes it accompanies at one point it is intimately sacred (track 6), at another comically suspicious (tracks 8, 12 and 13) and it even becomes irreverently deco (track 9).

As far as its record history is concernd, Il Gatto (The Cat) was firt released by Cinevox Record en 1977 on the album LP MDF 33/117.
It was a re-released in 1988 on the album LP CIAK CIA 75068 TI and it appeared as a 45 rpm in France on Barclay 620.503.
The main themes have appeared on a number of compilations inclucing Ennio Morricone – Quatro Registi (CIA 5007) and Ennio Morricone – 20 Anni di Colonne Sonore (CIA 35046).
It was first re-released on CD in 1994 in Japan on the King Record label KICP396.

This special edition CD 1999 includes 2 extra, previously unreleased tracks : an alternate version of track 5 with a Dies Irae refrain for organ and the powerful voice of Edda Dell’Orso, the queen of Italian cinematic vocalists and a slower, mor nostalgic version of the main theme with a classical introduction for violin and harpischord.

Claudio Fuiano.

A sour old bachelor and his prim, spinster sister are offered a large sum of money for the property that belongs to them. They do everything in their power to rid themselves of their unsavoury tenants but just as everything is going to plan, they find their pampered tabby cat dead. The plot then whirls towards its grotesque finale through a series of bizarre and unexpected twists.

Directed by Luigi Comencini
Screenplay : R. Sonego, A. Caminito, F. Marcolin
Photography : Ennio Guarnieri
Music : Ennio Morricone
Starring : Ugo Tognazzi, Mariangela Melato, Michel Galabru, Dalila Di Lazzaro
Produced by : Sergio Leone for Rafran Italia 1977

Transcription : Eric Sanglet

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