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Maestro Alessandro Alessandroni dies at 92
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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2017, 01:39:15 AM »

Maestro Alessandro Alessandroni dies at 92
R.I.P

Alessandroni was a composer, conductor and arranger, but he is best remembered for his whistling performances on the soundtracks of A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. This story in the Rome newspaper La Repubblica is worth a look, even if you don't read Italian, for the video clip featuring outtakes from Fistful. I don't think I've ever seen these before. (And apparently the working title at one point was "Ray el Magnifico.")

http://www.repubblica.it/spettacoli/musica/2017/03/27/news/addio_ad_alessandro_alessandroni_il_fischio_piu_famoso_d_italia-161515205/

Here's the beginning of the story:

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Addio ad Alessandro Alessandroni, il 'fischio' western più famoso del mondo

"È molto semplice. Mi telefonò Ennio Morricone e mi disse: 'Sandro, vieni giù un momento, in sala, che c'è da fare una fischiatina'. Beh, era davvero una fischiatina, nulla di più, ma pensa a cosa è successo dopo... Quando abbiamo visto il film, devo ammettere che nessuno pensava che avrebbe fatto una lira". E invece. Invece quella 'fischiatina' cambiò davvero tutto. Alessandro Alessandroni, il maestro - è doveroso chiamarlo così - racconta l'incipit del brano più famoso della sua carriera e più iconico del cinema western, quel Per un pugno di dollari, composto da Morricone, che rese il film di Sergio Leone - e praticamente tutti i film western migliori - ancora più grande. "È stato un grande professionista, abbiamo avuto una bellissima collaborazione", ha dichiarato a La Repubblica Morricone, "sapeva suonare benissimo la chitarra, era il direttore del coro e in questo era superlativo. E sapeva fischiare benissimo. Ha lavorato su Per un pugno di dollari e in altre occasioni. Come mai ho scelto lui per fischiare? Per caso, mi serviva un fischio, ho chiesto ai musicisti che lavoravano con me chi fosse in grado di fischiare bene e gli altri mi sono piaciuti di meno. Lui ha avuto coraggio."

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Farewell to Alessandro Alessandroni, the world's most famous Western "whistle"

"It was very simple. Ennio Morricone phoned me and said, 'Sandro, come down here for a moment, there's a little whistling to be done.' Well, it was really just a little whistling, nothing more, but think what happened afterward ... When we saw the film, I have to admit that nobody thought it was going to make a single lira." And yet. And yet that "little whistling" really did change everything. Alessandro Alessandroni, the maestro—and most deservedly called that—recalled the beginning of the most famous tune of his career, the most iconic in all the Western genre, the one in A Fistful of Dollars, composed by Morricone, that made Sergio Leone's film—and practically all the better Westerns—even greater.

"He was a great professional, we had an excellent collaboration," Morricone told La Repubblica. "He was a very fine guitar player, he was the choir director and in that he was superlative. And he could whistle brilliantly. He worked on A Fistful of Dollars and other projects. How did I choose him to do the whistling? It just happened that I needed someone to whistle, I asked the musicians who were working with me who could whistle well, and I didn't like the others as much. He had courage."
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