Il Silenzio (song)
German single cover
|Song by Nini Rosso|
|English title||The Silence|
|Music of Italy|
|Media and performance|
|Music media||Music media in Italy|
|Nationalistic and patriotic songs|
|National anthem||"Il Canto degli Italiani"|
Il Silenzio (The Silence) is an instrumental piece, with a small spoken Italian lyric, notable for its trumpet theme. It was written in 1965 (see "Origin" below) by trumpet player Nini Rosso and Guglielmo Brezza, its thematic melody being an extension of the same Italian Cavalry bugle call used by the Russian composer Tchaikovsky to open his Capriccio Italien (often mistaken for the U.S. military bugle call "Taps"). It has become a worldwide instrumental standard that has sold around 10 million copies. It was a number one hit in Italy, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, and sold over five million copies by the end of 1967. Rosso was awarded a gold disc. On 9 January 1965 it reached the Number 1 position in Australia and stayed in the charts for 19 weeks, and in the United Kingdom it peaked at number 8 on the Record Retailer singles chart. In the United States it reached #32 in the Billboard Easy Listening Charts.
Il Silenzio contains the following spoken lines:
- Buona notte, amore
- Ti vedrò nei miei sogni
- Buona notte a te che sei lontano.
- Good night, love
- I'll see you in my dreams
- Good night to you who are far away.
Part of the song is also used in all the Italian barracks, to signal the end of the day.
The German trumpeter Roy Etzel's version of the song, without lyrics, was also popular in the US and reached place 140 in the Billboard 200 on Christmas 1965.
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