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- Love Theme (3:53)
(Nino Rota) Probably the best-known excerpt from The Godfather Trilogy. It appears in all three films and is also known as the Love Song, 'Speak Softly Love.'
- The Godfather's Tarantella (3:10)
(Carmine Coppola) The ethnic dance written especially for the opening of The Godfather I depicting the wedding scene.
- The Godfather's Mazurka (2:50)
(Carmine Coppola) Also composed for the wedding scene.
- Every Time I look in Your Eyes (3:27)
(Carmine Coppola) (Kay & Michael's Romantic Dance) Arranged for orchestra and piano, this melody is heard several times as the romantic theme between Michael and Kay. Played when they are dancing in Lake Tahoe in the opening party scene in both The Godfather I & II.
- The Godfather's Waltz (2:30)
(Nino Rota) (Connie's Wedding Dance) Played during the wedding scene in The Godfather. Vito dances with Connie alone on the dance floor--a tradition at all Italian family weddings.
- Michael's Theme (2:37)
(Nino Rota) Michael is associated with this theme, a kind of leit motif, which is sombre in nature and predicts his tragic life development throughout the three films.
- The Godfather's Fox Trot (2:22)
(Carmine Coppola) At Italo-American weddings, the youth want to be served by their kind of music, and in this case the charleston or an upbeat fox-trot was in vogue. Played in GF1.
- Senza Mamma (Without A Mother) (3:25)
(Francesco Pennino) In New York's 'Little Italy' (Mulberry Street), a theatre presenting a Neapolitan Melodrama in which the lead actor sings this song. Played in GF2.
- Napule Ve Salute (Goodbye to Naples) (2:00)
(Francesco Pennino) In the same theatrical presentation, this is a typical sprightly cafe song. From GF2.
- Marcia Religiosa (3:09)
(Carmine Coppola) Procession from the Feast of St. Rocca scene, heard in GF1 & GF3. Little Italy has many feasts in celebration of the honour of a saint.
- Festa March (1:40)
(Carmine Coppola) Following the procession, the crowds break into dancing and song and partake in the endless stands of food being served outdoors. Featured in GF2.
- Kay's Theme (3:37)
(Nino Rota) Kay is depicted by this romantic but melancholy theme which mirrors her troubled life and existence. Heard in GF2.
- A New Carpet (1:25)
(Nino Rota) This tarantella-like theme is the background music for the scene in GF2 when the young Vito and Clemenza steal a carpet for Vito's small flat. The humour of the scene is exemplified by the music.
- The Immigrant-Main Theme (4:13)
(Nino Rota) This opening dark theme for trumpet solo opens all the Godfather films, sensing the tragic coming events. The immigration scene on Ellis Island follows a musical sequence heard again in GF2, also known as the song, 'Love Said Goodbye.'
Carmine Coppola, Nino Rota, Francesco Pennino
Conducted and arranged by Carmine Coppola
performed by The Milan Philharmonia Orchestra
Executive Producer for Silva Screen:
Reynold de Silva
Album release supervision:
Ford A. Thaxton, David Stoner & James Fitpatrick
Album re-mastered by Alan Howarth at Electric Melody Studios
Second Engineer: Jason King
Music published by Famous Chappell/Chappell Music Ltd
(P)1975-7 Carmine Coppola
©1991 Silva Screen Records America, Inc
My Two Cents:
I like this recording, although not as much as the official soundtracks. These arrangements are not those heard in the film, but redone by one of the composers (Coppola, d.1991). That's not necessarily a bad thing, however. On the bright side, it includes many songs not found on the standard soundtracks, including some found in The Godfather's Family Wedding Album, which is perhaps the best of all the Godfather soundtracks (although only available on LP). The version of the Suite that I have includes only one photo - of Carmine Coppola, along with a short biography of him.
Compilation, Layout, etc. ©1995-2006 J. Geoff Malta
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