Chi Mai

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"Chi Mai" (Italian: whoever) is a composition by Ennio Morricone written in 1971. It was used in the films, Maddalena (1971)[1] and Le Professionnel (1981),[2] as well as the TV series, An Englishman's Castle (1978) and The Life and Times of David Lloyd George (1981).[1] Because of its appearance on the latter, "Chi Mai" reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart in 1981.[3]

Composition[edit]

Elements of the melody of Chi Mai appeared on a piece in the 1968 Sergio Corbucci spaghetti western, The Great Silence. It appeared in a piece entitled 'Invito All Amore'.[4]

"Chi Mai" is also famous in France for being used for a Royal Canin's 1980s commercial, to the point that it is more closely associated with the commercial than with its other appearances, including Dunhill in 1987. In 2002, this association was referenced by the French movie, Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, in a scene in which Dogmatix is chasing a legionaire running on all fours in slow motion (like in the commercial) while "Chi Mai" is playing in the background.

Morricone performed "Chi Mai" five times in USSR during concerts in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev and Tashkent, always with the same arrangement. The composition is most popular in all the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States. It's the most widespread composition in Russia.

Online community[edit]

"Chi Mai" is also the name of the online community about Ennio Morricone. The site offers a repository of information and a free on-line magazine called 'Maestro' about Morricone's discography, concerts and movies. The on-line magazine contains reviews, in-depth articles, discoveries and free comments.[5]

Charts[edit]

Ranking (1981 - 1982) Best
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 4
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 11
France (SNEP)[8] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[10] 2

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