Saturday, June 18, 2005

Edda's voice

Ennio Morricone's most amazing soundtracks would not be the same without her. If there's a voice which best encapsulates the desperate beauty of giallo soundtracks, it is Edda Dell'Orso's.

Maybe it's better not to say much about Edda. Her voice is everything. Nothing compares to her delicate and beautiful wordless vocals which are able to turn any melody into a moment of grace.

She sometimes reminds me of Elisabeth Fraser, from early-80's bat-cave band Cocteau Twins : both share this originality of singing without words in a pure, almost virginal way.
Their voices manage to convey superior beauty and infinite sadness at the same time.

What would be the most important moments in gialli if they were not insufflated by these highly emotional and delicate scores?

In gialli, music always leads images. Not the other way around.

A great compilation of Edda Dell'Orso's work can be found on Movie Grooves, here.

1 comment:

Whiggles said...

"In gialli, music always leads images. Not the other way around."

This is an interesting point of view, because I've always thought the opposite. To me, the draw of a good giallo is in its amazing imagery, and while the best gialli marry the music and visuals seamlessly, for me the images are the most important factor.