German single cover
|Instrumental by Nini Rosso|
|English title||The Silence|
|Music of Italy|
|Media and performance|
|Music media||Music media in Italy|
|Nationalistic and patriotic songs|
|National anthem||"Il Canto degli Italiani"|
Il Silenzio (The Silence) is an instrumental piece, with a small spoken Italian lyric, notable for its trumpet theme. It was written in 1965 (see "Origin" below) by trumpet player Nini Rosso and Guglielmo Brezza, its thematic melody being an extension of the same Italian Cavalry bugle call used by the Russian composer Tchaikovsky to open his Capriccio Italien (often mistaken for the U.S. military bugle call "Taps"). It has become a worldwide instrumental standard that has sold around 10 million copies. It was a number one hit in Italy, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, and sold over five million copies by the end of 1967. Rosso was awarded a gold disc. On 9 January 1965 it reached the Number 2 position in Australia and stayed in the charts for 19 weeks, and in the United Kingdom it peaked at number 8 on the Record Retailer singles chart. In the United States it reached #32 in the Billboard Easy Listening Charts. In Canada, the song reached #24 in the RPM Adult Contemporary charts.
Il Silenzio contains the following spoken lines:
- Buona notte, amore
- Ti vedrò nei miei sogni
- Buona notte a te che sei lontano.
- Good night, love
- I'll see you in my dreams
- Good night to you who are far away.
The song is also very often played at funerals in Poland
The German trumpeter Roy Etzel's version of the song, without lyrics, was also popular in the US and reached place 140 in the Billboard 200 on Christmas 1965.
It was released by The London Swing Orchestra in 2015 as the final track of their fourth album and features the trumpet of Michael Lovatt who is now lead trumpet with The John Watson Orchestra and the BBC Big Band. Upbeat Records URCD266.
The Dutch hit trumpeter Ryan Ricks (Rik Mol) has recorded Il Silenzio in 2018 for his album 'C'est La Vie' released by Universal Music Group CD20186.
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