Stefano Torossi’s Musica per commenti sonori (1968) Costanza Records (CO 10002)

In 1968, Stefano Torossi released Musica per commenti sonori, the first of more than two dozen albums he made for Italy’s Costanza Records through 1999. The full length LP of instrumentals, Torossi’s debut in the library music genre, includes a mix of styles, from bossa nova and Western, to tangos and Italian shake. Side A features “Runnin’ Round The Piper,” three versions of “1938,” “Nostalgia,” “Nebbia all’alba,” “Capricorno,” and “Rodeo,” with “Auto,” “Non importa,” three versions of “Torno a casa,” two versions of “Davanti ai tuoi occhi,” and “Bomba atomica” on Side B.

Stefano Torossi - Musica per commenti sonori (1968) Costanza Records (CO 10002)

Stefano Torossi – Musica per commenti sonori (1968) Costanza Records (CO 10002)

Stefano Torossi’s original composition “Runnin’ Round The Piper,” dedicated to the groundbreaking Piper Club that hosted Italy’s first progressive rock acts in the mid to late 1960s, is the opening track on Musica per commenti sonori.

The Piper Club (photo by Archivio Lapresse 1966 Roma Italia Spettacolo)

The Piper Club (photo by Archivio Lapresse 1966 Roma Italia Spettacolo)

Stefano Torossi’s “Runnin’ Round The Piper” is on SoundCloud:

Note: If any legal rights holders object to the posting of this rare, out of print, and unavailable track ripped from this correspondent’s personal collection, please drop a line and it will be removed immediately.

The limited release promotional LP (CO 10002) has never been reissued in any format although a handful of tracks appeared on Costanza’s Musica per commenti sonori: The Seventies album released in 1998–the CD also features music drawn from a pair of Costanza LPs Torossi made with Sandro Brugnolini (CO 10005) and Vito Tommaso (CO 10004), each released in 1969 under the identical Musica per commenti sonori title.

Sandro Brugnolini, Vito Tommaso, and Stefano Torossi - Musica Per Commenti Sonori - The Seventies (1998) [Italy] (CD CO - 08)

Sandro Brugnolini, Vito Tommaso, and Stefano Torossi – Musica per commenti sonori: The Seventies (1998) Costanza Records

In 2013, Musica per commenti sonori: The Seventies was reissued as digital-only release under the title Vintage Jazz, Pop & Rock: 1960s – 1970s – Easy Listening on Deneb Records, an imprint from Italy’s Flippermusic. The three album cuts that first appeared on the 1968 Torossi debut library music album, “1938,” “Nostalgia,” and “Nebbia all’alba,” were renamed “Silly Tune,” “Lazy Afternoon,” and “Easy Does It,” respectively.

Sandro Brugnolini, Vito Tommaso, and Stefano Torossi - Vintage Jazz, Pop & Rock (2013 Reissue) Deneb Records

Sandro Brugnolini, Vito Tommaso, and Stefano Torossi – Vintage Jazz, Pop & Rock: 1960s – 1970s – Easy Listening (2013 Reissue) Deneb Records

Besides Italian shake pieces such as “Runnin’ Round The Piper” and “Nostalgia,” Stefano Torossi composed a pair of bossa nova-style instrumentals, including the seventh track on side A, “Capricorno.”

Stefano Torossi - Musica per commenti sonori (1968) Costanza Records (CO 10002) Side A label

Stefano Torossi – Musica per commenti sonori (1968) Costanza Records (CO 10002) Side A label

Stefano Torossi’s “Capricorno” is here:

Note: If any legal rights holders object to the posting of this rare, out of print, and unavailable track ripped from this correspondent’s personal collection, please drop a line and it will be removed immediately.

Pair of Album Tracks Used on Italian TV Programs Issued as Single

Two cuts from Musica per commenti sonori used in television programs in Italy were also released as a 45 single by Costanza Records (CO 2002). “Non importa,” appeared in the television program Cordialmente and, “1938,” the B-side, was used on another Italian show, Cronache del Cinema e del Teatro.

Stefano Torossi - Non Importa - 1938 (1968) Costanza Records

Stefano Torossi – “Non Importa” / “1938” (1968) Costanza Records

Unlike the LP it was drawn from, the 45 is not difficult to find on music sites such as Discogs and eBay.

Stefano Torossi - Non importa (1968) Costanza Records Label A

Stefano Torossi – “Non importa” / “1938” (1968) Costanza Records Side 1 Label

Stefano Torossi’s “Non importa” is also on SoundCloud:

Note: If any legal rights holders object to the posting of this rare, out of print, and unavailable track ripped from this correspondent’s personal collection, please drop a line and it will be removed immediately.

2013 Deneb Reissue Includes Tracks from Three 1960’s Costanza LPs

Sandro Brugnolini, Vito Tommaso, and Stefano Torossi’s Vintage Jazz, Pop & Rock: 1960s – 1970s – Easy Listening digital album on Deneb Records consists of two dozen tracks that originally appeared on three identically named Costanza albums released between 1968 and 1969.

Vito Tommaso and Stefano Torossi - Musica Per Commenti Sonori (1969) Costanza Records [Italy] (CO 10004)

Vito Tommaso and Stefano Torossi – Musica per commenti sonori (1969) Costanza Records (CO 10004)

Besides the trio of cuts from Torossi’s solo effort Musica per commenti sonori (CO 10002), the albums use compositions from Musica per commenti sonori (CO 10004), Torossi’s LP with pianist-composer Vito Tommaso, and Musica per commenti sonori (CO 10005), a Torossi album made with saxophone player-composer Sandro Brugnolini. The latter two albums were both released in 1969.

Musica per commenti sonori (1969) CO 10005

Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi – Musica per commenti sonori (1969) Costanza Records (CO 10005)

Interviews with Sandro Brugnolini and Vito Tommaso that include a look at some of the highlights of two extraordinary careers in music are accessed from the menu at the top of the page. Alternatively, a direct link for Vito Tommaso’s interview is HERE, and Sandro Brugnolini’s is HERE.

The second version of Stefano Torossi’s “Davanti al tuoi occhi,” an album cut from Musica per commenti sonori that has remained out of print since first appearing on vinyl in 1968, is now online.

Stefano Torossi - Musica per commenti sonori (1968) Costanza Records (CO 10002) Side B label

Stefano Torossi – Musica per commenti sonori (1968) Costanza Records (CO 10002) Side B label

Stefano Torossi’s “Davanti al tuoi occhi (2nd vers.)” is here:

Note: If any legal rights holders object to the posting of this rare, out of print, and unavailable track ripped from this correspondent’s personal collection, please drop a line and it will be removed immediately.

More Torossi Reissues from Costanza Records including Four in 2015

Besides the Musica per commenti sonori Series LPs composed with Sandro Brugnolini, Giancarlo Gazzani, and Vito Tommaso between 1968 and 1971, Stefano Torossi did another set of Musica per commenti sonori LPs between 1986 and 1987 including three with Amedeo Tommasi, a pair with Antonio Sechi, and a reissue of the 1974 Feelings album, with Brugnolini, Gazzani, and Puccio Roelens (officially credited to Gary Stevan, Jay Richford, and Torossi).

Musica per commenti sonori: Feelings (1986) Costanza Records

Gary Stevan, Jay Richford, and Stefano Torossi – Musica per commenti sonori: Feelings (1986 Reissue) (1974) Costanza Records

Costanza issued their third series of Musica per commenti sonori albums from 1994 to 1999, this time in CD. The thirteen albums feature Torossi and a long list of fellow composers and musicians. He also produced each album, many which have been or will be reissued by Deneb Records, including three in 2014 and another four in 2015 including Planet Woman: Documentary – Drama – Lifestyle, Check Up: Daytime TV – 1990s – Background Music, Crime and Punishment: Documentary – News – Beds, and the latest, Stefano Torossi, Sandro Brugnolini, and Antonello Vannucchi’s Film Characters: Cinematic – Electronic – Easy Listening (initially released as Musica per commenti sonori: Acoustic (I Marc Quattro oggi, suoni acustici degli anni ’60-’70) in 1997).

Film Characters: Cinematic - Electronic - Easy Listening (2015) Deneb Records

Stefano Torossi, Sandro Brugnolini and Antonello Vannucchi – Film Characters: Cinematic – Electronic – Easy Listening (2015 Reissue) (1997) Deneb Records

The trio of 2014 reissues include Federico Arezzini and Stefano Torossi’s Tangos: World Music – Argentina – Documentary, Federico Laterza and Torossi’s Indian Pictures: World Music – Ethnic – Travel, and Claudio Gizzi’s Great Images: Nature – Documentary – Electronica (first released under the title Musica per commenti sonori: Elicottero (Panoramiche dall’aria) in 1996).

ederico Laterza and Stefano Torossi - Indian Pictures: World Music, Ethnic, Travel (2014) Deneb Records

Federico Laterza and Stefano Torossi – Indian Pictures: World Music – Ethnic – Travel (2014 Reissue) (1999) Deneb Records

“Bomba atomica,” the final composition on side B of Stefano Torossi’s Musica per commenti sonori, is another track yet to be reissued.

Stefano Torossi’s “Bomba atomica” is on SoundCloud:

Note: If any legal rights holders object to the posting of this rare, out of print, and unavailable track ripped from this correspondent’s personal collection, please drop a line and it will be removed immediately.

Online EP Features Video for “Nostalgia” By Beatrice Bottini

The only other tracks from Stefano Torossi’s 1968 Musica per commenti sonori album currently found online are two versions of “1938,” “Auto,” and a video for Stefano Torossi’s “Nostalgia” (aka “Lazy Afternoon”), directed by Beatrice Bottini. An online EP is on YouTube:

More Music from Stefano Torossi and Friends

In 1970, Stefano Torossi was part of an all-star lineup consisting of Federico Monti Arduini, Sandro Brugnolini, Massimo “Max” Catalano, and Giuliano Sorgini that composed the music found on Fourth Sensation. The one-off progressive rock/psychedelic album on Ricordi International features exceptional performances by Ellade Bandini on drums, Ares Tavolazzi on guitar, Vince Tempera on organ, and Angelo Vaggi on bass.

Fourth Sensation - Fourth Sensation (1970) Ricordi International

Fourth Sensation – Fourth Sensation (1970) Ricordi International

Fourth Sensation’s epic progressive rock track “Elena,” a track this correspondent still can’t get enough of two years after discovering it, is on SoundCloud:

NOTE: This Spotlight on Stefano Torossi’s Musica per commenti sonori was first published in 2014, most recently updated 19 May 2015. This upgraded version adds four new audio tracks as well as updating some of the original content.

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