Rapsodia Satanica was a 1915 silent film directed by Nino Oxilia featuring Lyda Borelli in a female version of Faust based on poems by Fausto Maria Martini. Pietro Mascagni wrote his only film music for the film and conducted the first performance in July 1917. Mascagni was keen to take commission for the film music due to the financial burden of supporting two sickening brothers.
- Alessandra Campana Opera and Modern Spectatorship in Late Nineteenth-Century 1107051894 2015 "a peculiar experiment involving a “diva film” and an opera composer: the silent film Rapsodia satanica (1914–17), interpreted by the famous actress Lyda Borelli, with an orchestral score by Pietro Mascagni"
- Mascagni e il cinema: la musica per Rapsodia satanica 1987
- Alan Mallach Pietro Mascagni and His Operas 2002 1555535240 -Page 214 "With few other immediate sources of income at hand, the forty-five thousand lire from Cines for Rapsodia satanica, as well as the fifty thousand promised for a second film score, were much on his mind."
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