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. 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.
Carmine Valentino Coppola
June 11, 1910
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||April 26, 1991 (aged 80)|
Northridge, California, U.S.
|Resting place||San Fernando Mission Cemetery|
|Children||August Coppola |
Francis Ford Coppola
|Relatives||Anton Coppola (brother)|
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. 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, Robert Schwartzman, and the late Gian-Carlo Coppola.
His wife, Italia, died in 2004 in Los Angeles. Coppola died in Northridge, California, at the age of 80 in 1991. Both Coppola and his wife are buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery.
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.
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). 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 US showings of Kevin Brownlow's 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.
Collaborations with Francis Ford CoppolaEdit
|1959||Battle Beyond the Sun||English-language reedit of Nebo Zovyot|
Composed with Yuliy Meitus & Vyacheslav Mescherin
|1962||Tonight for Sure||—|
|1969||The Rain People||Composed with Ronald Stein|
|1974||The Godfather Part II||Composed with Nino Rota|
|1979||Apocalypse Now||Composed with Francis Ford Coppola
Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score
|1980||Napoléon||Reedit of 1927 film supervised by Coppola|
|1987||Faerie Tale Theatre||Television series|
Episode: "Rip Van Winkle"
|Gardens of Stone||—|
|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 directorsEdit
|1968||The Green Berets||John Wayne
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||—|
- ^ a b c d Saxon, Wolfgang (April 27, 1991). "Carmine Coppola, 80, Conductor And Composer for His Son's Films". The New York Times.
- ^ Cowie, Peter (1988). Coppola: a biography. Da Capo Press. 2. ISBN 978-0-306-80598-1.
- ^ "OSCAR-WINNING COMPOSER CARMINE COPPOLA DIES". Deseret News. 1991-04-28. Retrieved 2021-10-08.
- ^ "Carmine Coppola Obituary". Washington Post.
- ^ a b "Carmine Coppola". www.goldenglobes.com. Retrieved 2021-10-03.
- ^ "Carmine Coppola". GRAMMY.com. 2019-11-19. Retrieved 2021-10-03.
- ^ Ebert, Roger. ""Napoleon" & Carmine Coppola | Interviews | Roger Ebert". www.rogerebert.com/. Retrieved 2021-10-03.
- ^ Ebert, Roger. "Napoleon conquers Radio City Music Hall | Roger Ebert | Roger Ebert". www.rogerebert.com/. Retrieved 2021-10-03.
- ^ The Godfather Part III DVD commentary featuring Francis Ford Coppola, 
- ^ "Carmine Coppola; Composer, Conductor". Los Angeles Times. April 27, 1991.
- Media related to Carmine Coppola at Wikimedia Commons
- Carmine Coppola at IMDb
- The Black Stallion By Gary S Dalkin
- Soundtrack BY MSN Music