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The Legend of 1900
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1998 Italian
1999 American
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Co-Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Performed by:
Accademia Musicale Italiana

Featured Soloists:
Fausto Anzelmo
Gianni Butta
Gianni Oddi
Cicci Santucci

Co-Composed and Piano Performances by:
Amedco Tommasi
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Sony Music

Sony Classical
(October 12th, 1999)
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The 1998 commercial Italian release existed under the name The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean and has different packaging, contains more music, and is more expensive and difficult to find. The 1999 American album is a regular release.
Winner of a Golden Globe.

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Buy it... if you seek a faithful souvenir from the film, for the various album incarnations for this soundtrack reflect the sometimes disjointed marriage of the styles of drama and jazz in the film.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear anything radically new or impressive from Ennio Morricone, despite his unsuccessful attempts to use Gershwin-style jazz as counterpoint to his standard orchestral melodrama.
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WRITTEN 12/6/99, REVISED 8/3/08
The Legend of 1900: (Ennio Morricone) The second popular film by director Giuseppe Tornatore to seek an ambitious, Awards-seeking distribution in America within a ten-year span, The Legend of 1900 unfortunately suffered from the same editing problems as the Oscar-winning Cinema Paradiso. Not only was its translation from Italian into English haphazard at best, Fine Line Features insisted that well over half an hour of length be trimmed from the picture, diluting its story. Still, Tornatore knows how to crank out the tearjerkers, even if they are transparent in their attempts. Originally titled La Leggenda Del Pianista Sull'Oceano in Europe, The Legend of 1900 still manages, in its edited form, to tell the life story of a famed piano performer of the early 20th Century who is born and abandoned on a cruise liner, playing to adoring crowds on the ship throughout his life and facing dilemmas of love and land that challenge his intent to spend his entire existence on the liner. Outstanding visual sensibilities are complimented by a soundtrack that is very much a reflection of the ragtime and other jazz styles of the era. Tornatore's longtime collaborator, Ennio Morricone, composed original music for The Legend of 1900, in addition to the adaptation of source pieces appropriate for the actual performances in the film. He employed the help of pianist Amedco Tommasi, who co-wrote several of the most frenetic sequences on the instrument heard in the film. The style that Morricone applied to the film is extremely predictable and will please the many longtime collectors of the composer's works. There is an unapologetic romanticism to be heard in the primary orchestral statements of the film's main themes, a sound that will be very familiar to veteran film music ears. This flowing orchestral harmony fits well with the sentimentality of the story and of the era, though Morricone also taps the style of George and Ira Gershwin to serve as accents to that material, and hints of Scott Joplin are prevalent in the significant solo piano portions. The combination of these sounds produce a mixed bag of a score. It won a Golden Globe for Morricone, but it didn't prove to have strong, lasting appeal after the initial blitz of media attention afforded to the film and its soundtrack.

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Audio Samples   ▼
1998 Italian Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 65:58
• 1. Playing Love (4:26)
• 2. The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean (8:04)
• 3. The Crisis (2:46)
• 4. Peacherine Rag - written by Scott Joplin (2:37)
• 5. A Goodbye to Friends (2:32)
• 6. Study for Three Hands (0:59)
• 7. Tarantella in 3rd Class* (1:28)
• 8. Enduring Movement* (1:26)
• 9. Police* (0:47)
• 10. Trailer (1:37)
• 11. Thanks Danny* (3:23)
• 12. A Mozart Reincarnated (1:57)
• 13. Child (2:44)
• 14. Magic Waltz* (2:30)
• 15. The Goodbye Between Nineteen Hundred and Max* (3:43)
• 16. Goodbye Duet* (2:32)
• 17. Nineteen Hundred's Madness N. 1 (2:14)
• 18. Danny's Blues (2:09)
• 19. Second Crisis (2:02)
• 20. The Crave - written by Jelly Roll Morton (1:46)
• 21. Nocturne With No Moon (2:41)
• 22. Before the End (1:10)
• 23. Playing Love (3:02)
• 24. Ships and Snow (2:28)
• 25. Nineteen Hundred's Madness N. 2 (1:47)
• 26. I Can and Then (2:16)
• 27. Silent Goodbye (1:38)
• 28. 5 Portraits* (3:57)
• 29. Lost Boys Calling - performed by Roger Waters (5:17)
* track not contained on American release
1999 American Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 57:39

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The inserts for both albums include no extra information about the score or film.
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