Ciao, Maestro Alessandroni! (1925-2017)

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for Cinetalk.net

Spaghetti Western’s main voice, Roman Maestro Alessandro Alessandroni, died Sunday. He was 92.

A gifted guitar player, Alessandroni is the famous whistling man heard on numerous Ennio Morricone scores, including those by the Sergio Leone-Clint Eastwood tandem. Beside playing various instruments he  founded (and directed) I Cantori Moderni, the insane ensemble choir  who provided for composer Ennio Morricone the hyenas sound and other thrilling voices to, as the best known example, The Good the Bad and the ugly, but also provided its fair share of gracious moments by featuring, among others, the voices of  Edda d’ell Orso (Once upon a time in the West) and Alessandroni’s  wife, Giulia De Mutiis.

Alessandro Alessandroni is a soundtrack hero who’s sound helped shape the soundtracks to come without ever being fully acknowledged for his valuable output.

I’ll cite soundtrack specialist Claudio Fuiano, about the death of the Maestro:

Ciao Alessandro!
Your guitar, your whistle, your choir are part of our existence of Cinema and Film Music lovers.

Well said. Ciao, Maestro!

One excerpt of a late Live performance – 2012:

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