Music Composed by Piero Piccioni
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Digitmovies continues its journey into the world of Italian Peplum films, by releasing the complete OST by Piero Piccioni from the film “Duel of the Titans” (aka Romolo e Remo”), as volume XXXI. Soundtrack: In 1961 when the film came out, no record was released. But in 1984 a 33 LP (PHCAM 06) record finally saw the light. The record was in the Phoenix limited edition series and contained 19 tracks (41:46 minutes). It was then rereleased twice in 1995 on CD at C.A.M. Soundtrack Encyclopedia (CAM CSE 800-126, CAM 493491-2). For our CD we were able to access the mono master tapes from the original recording session and the first generation master tape assembled by the author for a vinyl record (obviously without the Dolby Surround Sound filter). We discovered previously unreleased music that makes this new edition CD 73:25 minutes long. M° Piccioni composed a recurring battle theme emphasizing French horns for the two protagonists. This theme alternates with very dramatic war songs having an ethnic pastoral theme for the wolf scene and a mystical theme for the soldiers at the spring. Director and Cast: Directed in 1961 by Sergio Corbucci. Starring Steve Reeves, Gordon Scott, Virna Lisi, Franco Volpi, Laura Solari, Piero Lulli, José Greci, Inger Milton, Enzo Cerusico, Germano Longo, Massimo Girotti, Ornella Vanoni, Jacques Sernas, Gianni Musy, Giuliano Dell'Ovo, Bruno Tocci, Andrea Bosic, Franco Balducci, Gianni Di Benedetto, Mimmo Poli, Consalvo Dell'Arti, Benito Stefanelli, Enrico Glori, Nando Angelini. Plot: The film tells the story of two founding brothers of Rome, from their birth to their death. Romulus (Reeves) and Remus (Scott) are the children of Rea Silvia (Solari) who was banished and condemned to death by Amulias (Volpi). Amulias abandons the brothers to die in the Tiber river but they are saved by a female wolf who raises them like her own pups. The brothers decide to build their own small village and start by demarcating their terrain. Remus disobeys his brother when he violates his boundaries and is then killed. Later we see Romulus as an adult who has become the first king of Rome and head of the army against the king of the Sabines, Titus Tatius (Girotti). At this point the famous event happens- The Rape of the Sabine Women, where Romulus abducts Sabine women in order to create families with them and his tribe. This causes a war between the two tribes. In a certain sense Rome comes out as the winner because the Sabines join them and become one Roman people. At the end, the old Romulus dies during a stormy night and ascends to heaven, taking the name of “Quirinus.” TRACK LIST
The 1984 limited edition Phoenix album selected tracks
01. ROMOLO E REMO 2:18 02. I GEMELLI 2:30 03. LA LUPA 3:38 04. VERSO LA GROTTA 2:02
05. AMULIO 2:41 06. GARA DI CAVALLI 1:18
07. DIALOGO 1 2:53 08. DIALOGO 2 1:20 09. LA GARA CONTINUA 2:52 10. LA LOTTA NEL CIRCO 2:10 11. I SABINI 1:57 12. SOLDATI ALLA SORGENTE 2:13 13. ESERCITO IN MARCIA 1:17 14. ROMOLO E REMO SUL PONTE 2:20
15. NOTTE AL CAMPO 1:28 16. DOPO IL TERREMOTO 4:02 17. ROMOLO E REMO SI SALUTANO 1:37
18. DUELLO MORTALE 1:33 19. MORTE DI REMO E FINALE 1:50 The film score (bonus tracks) 20. LA LUPA 2:23 21. VERSO LA GROTTA 1:25 22. ROMOLO E REMO (suite 1) 1:07 23. ROMOLO E REMO (suite 2) 1:59 24. LA LUPA 1:20 25. I SABINI 2:28 26. ROMOLO E REMO (suite 3) 3:14 27. LA LOTTA NEL CIRCO 1:49 28. ROMOLO E REMO (suite 4) 1:39 29. ROMOLO E REMO (fanfare) 0:39 30. LA LOTTA NEL CIRCO 1:03 31. SOLDATI ALLA SORGENTE 3:04 32. ROMOLO E REMO (suite 5) 1:49 33. ROMOLO E REMO (suite 6) 5:16