Innocenzi

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Carlo Innocenzi is a wonderful man. He died in Rome in 1962 but is still very much alive. Firstly, there are his art-deco covers which he designed for popular Italian songs: they keep you happy all day long.

Sheet music covers, illustrated by Carlo Innocenzi (ca 1928)
Sheet music covers by Carlo Innocenzi (ca 1928). View more at Images Musicales.

Secondly, as a trained violist and composer he launched several popular songs of his own, a.o. ‘Il primo amore‘ and ‘Prigoniero di un Sogno. Part of this success was due to the lyrics by Marcella Rivi, nom de plume of Sonia Pearlwing (1910-1981), the woman he promptly maried. In the late 1930s  he started working for Italian cinema and was hardly able to stop: he composed more than 150 songs and scores for the screen. 

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But in the third place, Innocenzi is still amongst us because in the Umbrian town where he was born in 1899, Monteleone di Spoleto, a street band named Corpo Bandistico Carlo Innocenzi brings his name and memory very much aLIVE.

Viva caro Carlo, viva!

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Corpo Bandistico Carlo Innocenzi in Monteleone di Spoleto (2010)

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