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Capriccio Italien (1953)

Approved | | Musical, Short | 4 June 1953 (USA)
Johnny Green conducts the MGM Symphony Orchestra in a performance of the title work.


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Complete credited cast:
The MGM Symphony Orchestra ...
Themselves (as The M-G-M Symphony Orchestra)


The MGM Symphony Orchestra led by Johnny Green plays Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "Capriccio Italien". The camera pans over Green's shoulder to the brass section during the stately introductory refrain. The strings then take over with the piece's main theme, followed by the entrance of the winds. The entire orchestra continues with the many joyous Italian folk inspired idioms of the piece. Green conducts the orchestra with gusto to the piece's triumphant conclusion. Written by Huggo

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4 June 1953 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This short was first shown immediately preceding the premiere engagement of MGM's 1953 film version of William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar". See more »


Capriccio Italien, Op. 45
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Peter Ilyitch Tschaikowsky)
Performed by The MGM Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Johnny Green
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20 July 2014 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Great for doing homework, or painting, or something. interesting, droll, slightly dry piece. MGM symphony orchestra plays music by P. Tchaikovsky. people in the room with me commented that some of it sounds remarkably like the chase scene music from Wiz of Oz -- a good example of "nothing new under the sun", but everyone borrows from everyone.

orchestra directed by Johnny Green, who won five Oscars for various shows over 20 years. some real biggies: Oliver, West Side Story, American in Paris. Some great information on Green on wikipedia; he wrote (solo and collaborations) "Out of Nowhere", "Rain Rain Go Away", "I Cover the Waterfront", "You're Mine You", "I Wanna Be Loved", "Easy Come Easy Go", "Repeal The Blues". i also see Sound Recording done by douglas shearer, who seems to have recorded about 80 percent of the films made in Hollywood. Piece shown on TCM in between films.

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