Score of the Week: Sacco & Vanzetti

This week’s score comes from a film which I must admit I have not seen. Now, hold on, it’s a hard film to find, having no official North American release. Still, I came across the vinyl LP and noticed the score was by Ennio Morricone with lyrics by Joan Baez. Suffice it to say, I laid my money down.

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I first came to hear of this score through the fantastic song “Here’s To You”, which caps off the album. The song was featured during the introductory cinematic in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (the MGS series is one I hope to talk about in the future) and ever since, I’ve been humming it everywhere I go.

The film itself is a drama that covers the true story of the conviction, trial, and death of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. Sacco and Vanzetti were two Italian anarchists who were wrongfully convicted of murder and subsequently sentenced to death by electric chair. Thus, we are treated to a Morricone score that stands apart from his better known spaghetti western work. Baez’ voice lends an operatic quality to the pieces in which she appears, and the final chorus of voices in “Here’s To You” are at once triumphant and mournful.

“Here’s to you, Nicola and Bart. Rest forever here in our heart. The last and final moment is yours. That agony is your triumph.”

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