The Godfather scene – Film Soundtrack by Nino Rota


The film’s famous score was composed by Nino Rota. Francis Coppola’s father Carmine Coppola contributed to the music performed in the film’s wedding scene. Later, his son would call on him to compose additional music for the score of The Godfather Part II (1974) and most of the score for The Godfather Part III (1990).

Nino Rota
Born (1911-12-03)December 3, 1911Milan, Italy
Died April 10, 1979(1979-04-10)(aged 67)Rome, Italy
Nationality Italian
Occupation Composer

Nino Rota (December 3, 1911, Milan – April 10, 1979, Rome) was an Italian composer and academic who is best known for his film scores, notably for the films of Federico Fellini and Luchino Visconti. He also composed the music for two of Franco Zeffirelli’s Shakespeare films, and for the first two films of Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather trilogy, receiving the Academy Award for Best Original Score for The Godfather Part II (1974).

During his long career Rota was an extraordinarily prolific composer, especially of music for the cinema. He wrote more than 150 scores for Italian and international productions from the 1930s until his death in 1979—an average of three scores each year over a 46 year period, and in his most productive period from the late 1940s to the mid-1950s he wrote as many as ten scores every year, and sometimes more, with a remarkable thirteen film scores to his credit in 1954. Alongside this great body of film work, he composed ten operas, five ballets and dozens of other orchestral, choral and chamber works, the best known being his string concerto. He also composed the music for many theatre productions by Visconti, Zeffirelli and Eduardo de Filippo as well as maintaining a long teaching career at the Liceo Musicale in Bari, Italy, where he was the director for almost 30 years.

The Godfather
Soundtrack album by Nino Rota
Released 1972. CD: 26 March 1991
Genre Soundtrack
Length 31:31
Label Paramount (original) / MCA (CD)
Producer Tom Mack
The Godfather chronology
The Godfather(1972) The Godfather Part II(1974)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars
Filmtracks 4/5 stars

The Godfather is the soundtrack from the film of the same name, released in 1972 by Paramount Records, and in 1991 on compact disc by MCA, which had acquired the rights to the album (and the rest of the Famous Music Group catalog) when they purchased ABC Records in 1979, which in turn had acquired the Famous Music labels from Gulf+Western in 1974. Unless noted, the cues were composed by Nino Rota and conducted by Carlo Savina (who was credited on the LP, but not the CD).

Track listing

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Main Title (The Godfather Waltz)” Nino Rota 3:04
2. “I Have but One Heart” Johnny Farrow, Marty Symes 3:00
3. “The Pickup” Nino Rota 2:56
4. “Connie’s Wedding” Carmine Coppola 1:33
5. “The Halls of Fear” Nino Rota 2:12
6. “Sicilian Pastorale” Nino Rota 3:03
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Love Theme from the Godfather” Nino Rota 2:37
2. “The Godfather Waltz” Nino Rota 3:35
3. “Apollonia” Nino Rota 1:22
4. “The New Godfather” Nino Rota 2:00
5. “The Baptism” Nino Rota 1:51
6. “The Godfather Finale” Nino Rota 3:50