Speak Softly Love (Love Theme from The Godfather)

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For the Andy Williams album, see Love Theme from "The Godfather" (album).
"Speak Softly Love (Love Theme from The Godfather)"
Single by Andy Williams
from the album The Godfather (soundtrack)
B-side "A Fool Never Learns"
Released April 1972
Genre Vocal
Length 2:41
Label Columbia Records 45579
Writer(s) Larry Kusik, Nino Rota
Producer(s) Dick Glasser
Andy Williams singles chronology
"Music from Across the Way"
"Speak Softly Love (Love Theme from The Godfather)"
"MacArthur Park"
The famous theme, composed by Larry Kusic and Nino Rota.

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"Speak Softly Love (Love Theme from The Godfather)" is a song written for The Godfather (1972), the first film in The Godfather trilogy. While its instrumental version is simply known as "The Godfather Love Theme", "Speak Softly Love" is the vocal version. The lyrics are by Larry Kusik but the music itself is by Nino Rota. The signature musical theme that opens the piece closely models a theme that appears early in "Preludio - Povero Ernesto!" in the opera Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848).[citation needed] A similar melody also appears in the Overture to La Forza del Destino by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901).[citation needed] There are also different sets of lyrics for the song in Italian ("Parla Più Piano"), French ("Parle Plus Bas") and also in Sicilian ("Brucia La Terra"). The Sicilian version is sung by Anthony Corleone (Franc D'Ambrosio) in The Godfather Part III.

Rota had used a more comedic version of the song for the 1958 film Fortunella. When this was discovered, Rota's score for The Godfather was disqualified from consideration at the 1973 Academy Awards; it had been nominated for Best Original Score.[1] However, Rota's score for The Godfather Part II won the 1974 Academy Award for Best Score, despite containing the same piece.


The song was originally recorded by Andy Williams. Other artists, such as Al Martino, and Bobby Vinton, have also recorded the song, among many others:

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Kris Tapley (2008-01-21). "Jonny Greenwood's 'Blood' score disqualified by AMPAS". Variety. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  2. ^ http://www.discogs.com/sergio-franchi
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuNtenbFXGc
  4. ^ http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x54hfe_gianni-morandi-parla-pi-piano-canzo_music
  5. ^ Movie profile on "The Godfather" including trivias section referring to Tino Rossi and Marie Laforêt's covers of the song
  6. ^ [1]

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