Cocciante refuses to tell a private anecdote, the lesson


The trio of tenors asks the Maestro to tell a private anecdote of Morricone and he says no live

Published on June 5, 2021

Riccardo Cocciante, guest of the tribute to Ennio Morricone starring the three tenors de The flight, gave a great lesson in style and artistry. At the Verona arena, where the event broadcast live by Rai Uno was held, the composer presented himself on stage with his usual and inimitable emotional charge. Before venturing on the timeless notes of the song ‘When a love ends’, sung as usual with clenched teeth and with hands that gave birth to divine music on the piano, he entertained the trio of young men. They first recalled that Cocciante will soon celebrate 50 years of career, then they asked him if he would like to tell an anecdote regarding his bond with Morricone. The Italian-French musician, however, replied no, that he would not do it.

No controversy, simply Cocciante, at the invitation of the trio he said ‘no thanks’, also explaining why. According to him, an artist as great as Morricone, if limited to a private memory of life, is diminished. “Ennio remembers for what he did, for his work”, Riccardo commented, adding that with the Oscar award he had a fruitful work experience, as well as friendship. However, if someone thought of stealing some new gem about their private relationship, he was left with a dry mouth. “Artists must be remembered for what they did, not for anything else”, remarked the musician, and then took his leave to the applause of the Verona Arena.

Cocciante’s lesson during the event dedicated to Ennio Morricone on Rai Uno

Cocciante’s words come at a particular moment, in which too often on TV and in the media there are those who compete to reveal private aspects of people who are not present or even deceased. Either for an excess of self-centeredness, or for lack of sensitivity, or for having visibility or simply for lack of modesty. The Italian-French ‘Maestro’, declining with class and grace the invitation to narrate any aspect of Morricone’s private life, gave an important lesson in common sense. More art and less speculation, that’s fine!

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