“My Name is Nobody”: Soundtrack for a Cipher

I would love to know exactly how Ennio Morricone instructed his vocalists to yip and mew and emit all sorts of silly sounds, as on the title track to the 1973 Sergio Leone film, Il Mio Nome è Nessuno (My Name Is Nobody):

Vimeo lists musician credits for this soundtrack album – including a whistler, I love it:

Voice: Edda Dell ‘Orso & Franco Cosacchi

Whistle: Alessandro Alessandroni

Choir:  I Cantori Moderni Di Alessandroni

Flute: Marianne Eckstein

Mouth Organ: Franco De Lelio

Trumpet: Gino Agostinelli

Guitar: Bruno Battisti D’Amario

12 Strings Guitar: Silvano Chimenti

Piano & Keyboards: Arnaldo Graziosi

Synthesizer: Giorgio Carnini

Percussions: Vincenzo Restuccia

 

Henry Fonda plays an aging gunslinger who wants to retire peacefully in Europe

Il Mio Nome e Nessuno album cover

Zero to 180 is delighted and honored to have received a message from Silvano Chimenti, – Italian guitarist, composer and conductor, who played on this recording – in October, 2019 that you will find appended to this piece (in Italian).  Thanks to Zero to 180’s mother, who provided the following translation:

“Finally something written exact … Indeed in the main theme that accompanies almost all the film, the guitar and a 12 ACOUSTIC string (not an electric) Ed and The Allegro Folk Arpeggio was invented by me, the theme was directed by the great BRUNO NICOLAI.  I believe in the International Recording Studio.  Thank you!”

Bruno Nicolai’s mesmering “Secret Reunion” — from the soundtrack album for the 1967 Italian spy thriller, Agente Speciale — coincidentally enough, happens to be the subject of Zero to 180’s very next piece, you might recall.

Light in the Attic – a ’boutique’ record label famous for “deluxe album reissues” – reissued Ennio Morricone’s 1973 soundtrack album on black vinyl with new artwork, including a poster with flyers and lobby cards, “especially released for Record Store Day 2015.”