Carmine Valentino Coppola (1910 - 1991)

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Carmine Valentino Coppola
1910 - 1991
June 11, 1910
New York, New York United States
April 26, 1991
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California United States
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Carmine Valentino Coppola
Carmine Valentino Coppola was born on June 11, 1910 in New York, New York. He died on April 26, 1991 in Los Angeles, California at 80 years old.
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Carmine Coppola Birth name Carmine Valentino Coppola Also known best as Carmen Coppola Born June 11, 1910 New York City, New York, U.S. Origin New York City, New York Died April 26, 1991 (aged 80) Northridge, California, U.S. Buried: San Fernando Mission Cemetery Genres Contemporary classical big band electronic film score avant garde Occupation(s) Flautist pianist songwriter composer orchestrator Instruments Flute, piano and synthesizer. Years active 1949–1991 Associated acts Arturo Toscanini Winston Sharples Francis Ford Coppola Carmine Coppola Resting place San Fernando Mission Cemetery Spouse(s) Italia Coppola Children August Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola, and Talia Shire. Relatives Anton Coppola (brother) Family Coppola Carmine Valentino Coppola (Italian: [ˈkarmine ˈkɔppola]; June 11, 1910 – April 26, 1991) was an American composer, flautist, pianist, and songwriter who contributed original music to The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now, The Outsiders, and The Godfather Part III, all directed by his son Francis Ford Coppola.[1] In the course of his career, he won both Academy Award for Best Original Score and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, with BAFTA Award and Grammy Award nominations. Personal life Coppola was born in New York City, the son of Maria (née Zasa) and Agostino Coppola, who came to the United States from Bernalda, Basilicata.[2] His brother was opera conductor and composer Anton Coppola. He was the father of August Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola, and Talia Shire, and grandfather of Nicolas Cage, Sofia Coppola, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Robert Schwartzman. His wife, Italia, died in 2004 in Los Angeles. Coppola died in Northridge, California at the age of 80. Both Coppola and his wife are buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery. Career Coppola played the flute. He studied at Juilliard, later at the Manhattan School of Music and privately with Joseph Schillinger. During the 1940s, Coppola worked under Arturo Toscanini with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Then in 1951, Coppola left the Orchestra to pursue his dream of composing music. During that time he mostly worked as an orchestra conductor on Broadway and elsewhere, working with his son, filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, on additional music for his Finian's Rainbow.[citation needed] Carmine contributed to the music performed in the wedding scene in The Godfather (1972). Later, his son called on him to compose additional music for the score of The Godfather Part II (1974), in which he and his father received an in-movie tribute with the characters Agostino and Carmine Coppola, who appear in a deleted scene from the young Vito Corleone flashback segments. Principal score composer Nino Rota and Carmine together won Oscars for Best Score for the film. He also composed most of the score for The Godfather Part III (1990).[1] He made cameo appearances in all three Godfather films as a conductor. Carmine and Francis together scored Apocalypse Now (1979), for which they won a Golden Globe Award for best original score. He also composed a three-and-a-half-hour score for Francis' 1981 reconstruction of Abel Gance's 1927 epic Napoléon. Carmine composed the music for The Black Stallion (1979), on which Francis was executive producer, and four other films directed by his son in the 1980s. In his audio commentary on The Godfather Part III DVD, Francis said that his father missed a cue during the shooting of that film's opening wedding reception—something he never did in his prime. At that point, Francis realized that his father had little time left. As it turned out, Carmine died less than four months after Part III premiered, of a stroke.
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"You know, I don't think my father had to spend $100 total for all my music lessons. I was always on scholarship. I studied at Stuyvesant High School, and then at Juilliard, where I was one of those whiz kids who graduated in three years. My first job, I played flute in the Radio City Music Hall, four to five shows a day.


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Filmography as a COMPOSER. Collaborations with Francis Ford Coppola Year Film Notes 1959 Battle Beyond the Sun English-language reedit of Nebo Zovyot Composed with Yuliy Meitus & Vyacheslav Mescherin 1962 Tonight for Sure N/A 1969 The Rain People Composed with Ronald Stein 1974 The Godfather Part II Composed with Nino Rota Academy Award for Best Original Score 1979 Apocalypse Now Composed with Francis Ford Coppola Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Film Music Nominated- Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media 1980 Napoléon Reedit of 1927 film supervised by Coppola 1983 The Outsiders N/A 1987 Faerie Tale Theatre Television series Episode: "Rip Van Winkle" Gardens of Stone N/A 1988 Tucker: The Man and His Dream Composed with Joe Jackson 1989 New York Stories Segment: "Life Without Zoe" 1990 The Godfather Part III Nominated- Academy Award for Best Original Song Nominated- Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score Nominated- Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song Collaboration with other directors Year Film Director Notes 1968 The Green Berets John Wayne Ray Kellogg As flautist Score composed by Miklós Rózsa 1971 THX 1138 George Lucas As flautist & orchestrator Score composed by Lalo Schifrin 1972 The People John Korty Television film 1977 Mustang: The House That Joe Built Robert Guralnick Documentary film 1979 The Black Stallion Carroll Ballard Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Music Nominated- Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score 1989 Blood Red Peter Masterson N/A

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"Napoleon" was originally scheduled for four performances, Thursday through Sunday, but the demand for tickets has made it necessary to extend the run through the next weekend, April 30 to May 3. (Chicago tickets are pegged at $10 to $20, and can be purchased from Ticketron or by calling 977-1700.) I went to New York in February to see Coppola and "Napoleon", and it was one of the great moviegoing experiences of my life. On the screen, Gance's 1927 original was breathtakingly sharp; the print has been restored remarkably well. It also moved well. There was a minimum of title cards and a great clarity of visual storytelling, and the legendary French star Albert Dieudonne held the screen as a Napoleon obsessed with France, with revolution, and with himself. In the pit, Carmine Coppola conducted a score that he had composed in the romantic style of the great silent film scores of the 1920s. And a trick of lighting gave his performance a dramatic impact. The lights on his podium cast a shadow of the conductor onto the great domed Art Deco ceiling of the Music Hall, so that you could look up and see a gigantic shadow image of his arms beating time and his coattails flapping. It was the sort of movie memory that will not fade. "But how," I asked Carmine Coppola over breakfast, "how in the world at your age can you find the energy to conduct for more than four hours, with one intermission?" "Twice I did it the day we had the press preview," he said, "once in the afternoon and once in the evening." He splashed Tabasco on his eggs. "I'll tell you what it is. It's strong Italian peasant stock. We're a hardy people, you know. We're out in the olive groves all the time, picking the olives." But there was more to it than that. Carmine Coppola has been on the road almost all his adult life, as a professional musician. There is a sense that he prepared all his life for an assignment like the "Napoleon" score. ADVERTISEMENT "When I was a little boy there was no sound in the movies," he remembered. "When I was about 11, my mother gave me a dollar for my birthday and I went to a big theater in New York - was it the Rialto? The Rivoli? The Roxy was just about being built then. The movie was "Thief of Baghdad", with Douglas Fairbanks, who always insisted upon original scores for his movies. I remember so well it could be yesterday, the sound of the flutes and the oboes. "I practiced the flute at home, listening to all my father's Caruso recordings. I went to the tryouts for the B. F. Keith Boys Band, in our neighborhood. The director says, 'Coppola, can you play the flute variation of the William Tell Overture?' I could. We had the record at home. The director told me they were going to give me a flute and send me to a teacher, and that I could play with their band. "You know, I don't think my father had to spend $100 total for all my music lessons. I was always on scholarship. I studied at Stuyvesant High School, and then at Juilliard, where I was one of those whiz kids who graduated in three years. My first job, I played flute in the Radio City Music Hall, four to five shows a day. "I got married. My wife was named Italia Pennino. She was the daughter of a famous Neapolitan folk music composer and publisher. He had nothing but boys, boys, boys, and he said if he ever had a girl he would name her after his country. Italia and I went to Detroit, where I conducted the 'Ford Hour' on the radio for four or five years. Our second son, Francis Ford Coppola, was born there, in the Ford Hospital, which is where he got his middle name. Then back to New York, an audition for Maestro Toscanini, and a job in his orchestra. My daughter, Talia Shire, was born then. I learned to conduct, just watching Toscanini. "I told him I wanted to conduct. He told me I was a fool. I conducted all the same, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and then for David Merrick, conducting the pit orchestras for Broadway shows. I came to Chicago to conduct the orchestras for many shows, including Kismet, Stop the World, Half a Sixpence. I stayed at the Croyden Hotel and walked across the bridge and under the marquee of the Chicago Theater, where we are bringing "Napoleon"." Carmine Coppola's musical career took a new turn when his son Francis became a famous film director and hired his father to do the orchestrations for "Finian's Rainbow" (1967). Seven years later, in 1974, the score by Carmine Coppola and Nino Rota for "The Godfather, Part II" won the Academy Award.
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Carmine Valentino Coppola passed away on April 26, 1991 in Los Angeles, California at 80 years of age. He was born on June 11, 1910 in New York, New York. We are unaware of information about Carmine's family or relationships.

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In 1910, in the year that Carmine Valentino Coppola was born, the Mann Act, also called the White-Slave Traffic Act, was signed into law. Its purpose was to make it a felony to engage in interstate or foreign commerce transport of "any woman or girl for the purpose of prostitution or debauchery, or for any other immoral purpose". But the language was so broad that it was also applied to consensual sex between adults when wished.

In 1934, he was 24 years old when on November 11th 1933, an extremely strong dust storm hit South Dakota, stripping topsoil. Other strong dust storms had occurred during 1933. Severe droughts continued to hit the Great Plains and the dust storms devastated agricultural production as well as people's' lives for several years. The Roosevelt administration and scientists eventually determined that farming practices had caused the conditions that led to the dust storms and the changes they implemented in farming stopped the Dust Bowl.

In 1953, at the age of 43 years old, Carmine was alive when on July 27th, the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed. The Armistice was to last until "a final peaceful settlement is achieved". No peaceful settlement has ever been agreed upon.

In 1988, at the age of 78 years old, Carmine was alive when on December 21st, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie Scotland. The explosion killed all 259 people on board and another 11 on the ground. The flight had left Heathrow Airport in London less than an hour before, on its way to New York. After an exhaustive (and long) investigation it came to be believed that two individuals from Libya had planted the bomb.

In 1991, in the year of Carmine Valentino Coppola's passing, on December 25th, the Soviet Union flag was lowered and replaced by the Russian tricolor flag. It was the end of the Soviet Union. Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as President of the Soviet Union and Boris Yeltsin became President of the Russian Republic.

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