Rapsodia satanica

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Rapsodia satanica

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 [it]. Pietro Mascagni wrote his only film music for the film and conducted the first performance in July 1917.[1] Mascagni was keen to take commission for the film music due to the financial burden of supporting two sickening brothers.[2][3]

The French-German TV channel Arte restored the film in 2006 and Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, conducted by Frank Strobel recorded Mascagni's score.


  1. ^ 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"
  2. ^ Mascagni e il cinema: la musica per Rapsodia satanica 1987
  3. ^ 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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