Tema della strada


A critic conversing with Nino Rota at the age of eleven just prior to a performance of his oratorio, The Childhood of St. John the Baptist, in 1923:

Critic: “Do you like playing?”

Rota: “Whenever I can … Is it hard to write for a newspaper?”

Critic: “It’s not easy to do a good article”

Rota: “Have you come from Brussels specially to hear my oratorio?”

Critic: “I certainly have, my little friend.”

Rota: “That’s really funny. I won’t be conducting it tonight. Yesterday the double bass snubbed me”


Nino Rota (December 3, 1911 – April 10, 1979)

“When I’m creating at the piano, I tend to feel happy; but – the eternal dilemma – how can we be happy amid the unhappiness of others? I’d do everything I could to give everyone a moment of happiness. That’s what’s at the heart of my music.”