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Contemporary Italian music is not very popular in other countries. When I ask my students which songs they know or singers, they always say Ricchi e Poveri, Albano e Romina or Toto Cutugno. These are songs that were famous in Italy when my father was 20 years old. Even though there are few contemporary songs that cross the borders, there are plenty that students would enjoy and could be great material to use in class.

Songs help to memorize; listening, singing and repeating is a great way to improve your vocabulary.

And now, my Top Ten songs for students of Italian

For beginners

E penso a te, Lucio Battisti

The best song so far in my experience for beginner students. It’s the first song I use with my new learners. As a slow and simple is great for learning and introducing students to regular verbs.

Annina, Max Gazzè

I also like to use this strange song with a weird video. It was written for his girlfriend Annina (I presume his ex girlfriend after listening to this song).

 Vento d’estate, Max Gazzè & Niccolo Fabi

This is a great one for practising irregular verbs in the present tense.

Di sole e d’azzurro, Giorgia

A great female voice and a great way to learn vocab about love, weather and relationship.

 Per te, Jovanotti

Do you want to practice Italian articles? Just listen and fill in the gaps with this song.

 Volare, Domenico Modugno

And as deejays say:” put your hand in the air” if you don’t know Volare.  Impossibile!!! The most famous Italian song with a great activity to practice pronunciation.

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For intermediate

 Meraviglioso, Domenico Modugno

Another wonderful song from Domenico Modugno with such powerful lyrics.

Also have a look at..

  La prima cosa bella ( present and simple past)

Sto pensando a te (present continuous and regular present tense)

Dove ho visto te (passato prossimo)

Ti sposerò (future tense)

Quattro amici al bar (future and simple past)

And finally, brush up your animal vocab with this smash hit from a few years ago. I bet you you won’t be able to get it out of your head: Il pulcino Pio

And vocab about house, furniture and family with this nice jazz song: Coinquilini, Davide Zilli

For advanced students

E se domani, Mina

Enjoy Mina’s magical voice in this romantic song and practise subjunctive and hypothetical phrases.

Nina Zilli, L’uomo che amava le donne

Is it possible to have more than 20 pronouns in a song? Yes, it is! The best song to practise direct, indirect and reflexive pronouns in Italian.

 Buon ascolto, Antonio

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Everyone has heard by now about Leonardo DiCaprio finally winning an Oscar. It’s the biggest internet news since that blue/black, gold/white dress that sent everyone into a panic. But another big name has waited quite awhile to receive his own oscar. While Ennio Morricone did receive an honorary oscar in 2007 for his contributions to the musical and cinematic community, he had yet to win one for a specific compostion he had done, UNTIL this past academy awards when he won for best soundtrack of the marvelous movie, The Hateful Eight directed by Quentin Tarantino.

Morricone is a composer of many kinds of genres, however, he started off working in the so called Spaghetti Western genre. For those who don’t know what Spaghetti Western is, it is a class of western movies produced and directed by Italians in Italy. The term was first coined by American movie critics after Sergio Leone made his mark on the cinematic culture with masterpieces such as A Fistful Od Dollars and The Good, The Bad And The Ugly. Morricone started in music around the age of 12, studying at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome. He was first nominated for an oscar in 1979, and was nominated several more times until 2007.

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Quentin Tarantino has always been a big fan of the Italian music legend, and has used Morricone’s compositions in several of his other movies, such as Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, and in both Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. However, Morricone had never actually written an original soundtrack for Tarantino, confirming the general reputation of master Quentin amongst the movie estabilishment (“he is like that beautiful but yet awkward woman everyone likes very much but nobody actually has the courage to approach”, a critic once said). That until the director convinced Morricone to compose the soundtrack for The Hateful Eight. But Morricone, having accepted the job just two weeks before starting to work on another soundtrack, actually made use of a some scraps from the soundtrack of John Carpenter’s masterpiece The Thing which he wrote originally in 1982.

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While Morricone has a worked in a wide range of genres and some of his pieces are extremely well-known, here are a selection of some lesser known compositions of his.

Similar to the superfamous theme from Once Upon A Time In America, there is the delicate oboe piece from the movie The Mission (directed by Roland Joffé, starring Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons) sounds delicate, intriguing and heartfelt, perfectly matching the atmosphere of the scene, in which father Gabriel and the Guarani tribesmen get to know each other through music.

From the movie with the same title directed by Alberto Bevilacqua, this dreaming suite pictures perfectly the intriguing traits of the movie’s main carachter, played by an outstanding Romy Schneider.

Do you agree with our list? Would you like to add some more titles? Post your own two cents in the comment section!

by Enrico, teacher@ Kappa language school, Rome

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Concluding the bicentenary of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth with Les Vêpres Siciliennes, Maestro Antonio Pappano looks back at how the perception of Verdi has arguably changed for himself and also for the British and Italian public.
During his year as a great interpreter, he received huge plaudits from both public and critics for performances of Simon Boccanegra, Don Carlo, Il Ballo in Maschera and Les Vêpres Siciliennes achieving an unique depth of understanding and interpretation.
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Opening times: 6.45pm

Venue: Italian Cultural Institute

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Ciao amici, The Italian social party is back on the 20th of June!

Let’s practice Italian together while enjoying a glass of wine with a slice of pizza and you can win a free Italian course at the Italian Cultural Institute!!!

Come along to our Italian social event in Goodge St, a wonderful opportunity to socialise with other Italian speakers.

There will be Italian music (pianist and Opera singer), games, food and wine.

Bring your friends (especially your Italian friends!) with you.

Don’t miss the opportunity to win a Free Italian Course at the Italian Cultural Institute or £ 50 voucher for Spaghetti House restaurants.

Italian social party

Spaghetti House

15 Goodge St W1T 2PQ

(nearest tube stations: Goodge st and Tottenham court Road)

Thursday June 20th from 7,30 pm

RSVP to Giuseppe by email: gamoroso77@gmail.com

Antonio: antonio.lucicesare@gmail.com

Entrance is £10, which includes a glass of wine and food

Cash Bar also available

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Getsemani at the Italian Cultural Institute

SARDINIA ROCKS! Winners of the Italiawave Sardinia in 2008, Getsemani, will be taking the stage by storm with their particular music compositions. Hailing from Ozieri and Orani, the band comprises of Daniele Sanna (guitar), Dario Masala (bass) and Alberto Ferrero (drummer).

Anything missing? The band has no voice as they believe that the lack of words makes the expression of emotions stronger through the guitar solos, slap of the bass and acrobatic turns of drumming. We are thrilled to reveal their explosive mix of progressive rock fusion!

Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2011
More info: Italian Cultural Institute

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The Nicola Piovani Quintet in concert’ is a performance of pieces written by Piovani for movies, theatre and concert. Piovani has written over 100 film scores, including three films with Federico Fellini, but his most famous work is the Oscar-winning score for Robert Benigni’s ‘Life Is Beautiful’

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