Nino Rota

There is a limited number of excellent online resources for understanding Nino Rota’s film music compositions.  The following are recommended:

  1. BBC Radio 3 Podcast Sound of Cinema, 9 August 2014: “Nino Rota”

Matthew Sweet is joined by Richard Dyer, Professor of Film Studies at Kings College London, the author of a study of Rota called “Music, Film and Feeling”.  They discuss a number of Nota’s film scores, including Romeo and Juliet (at about 20 mins 10 secs into the programme).  The podcast can be found here:

2.    “Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet:  Words into Picture and Music”.  An article by Kenneth S. Rothwell in the Literature/Film Quarterly Vol. 5, No. 4, Shakespeare on Film III (FALL, 1977), pp. 326-331 (6 pages).

It can be downloaded free (via a JSTOR login) at:

3.   One the best articles analysing Nino Rota’s soundtrack to Romeo and Juliet is: “How Silver-Sweet Sound Lovers’ Tongues’: The music of love and death in Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet”.  The article was written by Samantha Lin in The Soundtrack Vol. 7, No. 1, April 2014, pp. 39-46.  It is reproduced here by her kind permission: