Nino Rota. Piano Music

Michelangelo Carbonara, piano

Ippolito gioca

Fantasia in G

Ballo della villanotta in erba

Suite from Fellini’s Casanova




“He played the piano, like others eat.” Sighing in a mystical outburst of envy mixed with awe, Fedele D’Amico, a fraternal friend of Nino Rota and a leading 20th-century musicologist, proffered these words during an interview. Contrary to what one might expect after this introduction, the catalogue of works composed for solo piano by Rota is rather scant. Yet these works, found scattered through such a vast overall output, are the pieces of a musical puzzle, which, when put together, form a very realistic and representative portrait of the great composer.