Battiato Passed Away
Franco Battiato was a songwriter, composer, musician, director and painter. Curious and attentive, the artist has always stood out for being an innovator and revolutionary. A real master of Italian music, even if he did not like to call himself that. The humility that only adults can have.
The musical genius who became a household name in the late seventies and early eighties, died on Tuesday at 76 years of age, at his house, a castle located in the small hamlet of Milo in Sicily.
Born on March 23, 1945, he burst on the Italian music scene with songs like Bandiera Bianca, Centro di Gravità Permanente and Voglio Vederti Danzare, and composing Per Elisa for his friend, the singer Alice, which won the 1981 San Remo music festival.
Brief on the history of the legend of Italy Battiato
Battiato with his 30 studio albums to his credit in over 50 years of career has embraced pop, electronics, opera, thus revolutionizing the panorama of Italian music.
In the 60s Battiato rode the movement of “protest” songs, in the 70s he experimented with progressive rock and experimentation in the 80s.
Then slowly the return to pop music and the consecration in author music. Alongside him, various collaborators and friends are inevitable, especially the philosopher Manlio Sgalambro who was co-author of many of his compositions.
Especially at the turn of the 70s and 80s, the lyrics of the songs married esotericism, oriental meditation and philosophy. Themes to which Battiato was very attached. In addition to his passion for painting, Battiato was also a director with three films “Perdutoamor” in 2003, “Musikanten” in 2005 and “Nothing is as it seems” in 2007.
In addition to three documentaries under his belt “La sua figure” in 2007 dedicated to the friend and great artist who passed away Giuni Russo, “Auguri Don Gesualdo” on Gesualdo Bufalino of 2010 and “Crossing the Bardo” of 2014, on post mortem experiences. In his career he has also collaborated with many of his colleagues from Claudio Baglioni to CSI, from Enzo Avitabile to Pino Daniele, from Bluvertigo to Tiziano Ferro, Celentano, Subsonica, Marta sui Tubi, in addition to the decisive role played in the careers of Milva, Alice and Giuni Russian.
In the second half of the 1960s, in a Milan devastated by political events, the young Franco Battiato made himself with his guitar at Club 64, the cabaret where artists of the caliber of Gino Paoli, Bruno Lauzi and many others passed. One evening in the audience there was also Giorgio Gaber who is struck by the artist’s potential. The two become friends. A lucky meeting because it was Gaber who helped him find a place in the world of discography.
Those were the fiery years of 1968 and Battiato is part of the “protest” music. “The tower” and “The reactions” sanctioned the first important steps in music for Battiato who, with the first song, was presented on TV, it was the first of May 1967. With “… so come on!” Franco Battiato makes his entrance to the 1967 Sanremo Festival.
Later he begins a new path in “romantic” music also in search of the final applause of the public. “È l’amore” from 1968 sells over 100 thousand copies. Experimental music takes over in 1971 and Battiato changes all the cards on the table and what he had sown in those years. Just in 1972 he released his first album entitled “Fetus” – it sold 7 thousand copies – with a portrait of a fetus on the cover, of course it was censored.
An album breaking between Mediterranean music, guitar and synthesizers. Also in the same year “Pollution” is released. “Sulle corde di Aries” from 1973, on the other hand, reflects the more intimate and intellectual soul with the inspirations of Arabic music in the background, without sacrificing electronics. “Click” came out in 1974 and marks the path in the contemporary avant-garde. The work is dedicated to the musician and friend Karlheinz Stockhausen.
A little curiosity: one of the songs “Propiedad prohibida” is the opening theme of TG2 Dossier.
“M.elle le Gladiator” of ’75 contains ten minutes of musical experiments and twenty minutes of organ sounds, recorded in the cathedral of Monreale.