Il silenzio is an Italian song written by and played beautifully on the trumpet by Nini Rosso (1925-1994). A variation of the song is known as the Bugle Call a.k.a. Taps and is played beautifully on the trumpet by Melissa Venema, a 13 year old girl at the time.
Italian Nini Roso was a great trumpeter in Europe. His Il silenzio is a haunting sound that moves most who hear it. He wrote it in 1965 and it sold 10 million copies that year. It stayed number one in many European countries that year and remained at the top of the charts for a long time.
A very close variation of IL silenzio by the Italian Nini Rosso is the BUGLE CALL, a.k.a. TAPS, universal among almost all the armed forces of the world…a sad and beautiful thing to hear. Melissa Venema, 13 years old at the time who has terrific breath power played this song on the trumpet in an Andre Rieu’s concert performed early 2008 in the Amsterdam Arena, Netherlands. Listening and watching her is mesmerizing and the effect goes to my soul as if she were an angel.
To those who may argue that this song is strictly Il silenzio, I must redirect you to the first sentence above. I mentioned that Melissa is playing a VARIATION of IL silenzio – there are many versions of Il silenzio. This version is often thought of by many in the military as Taps; many have no idea Il silenzio exists. Taps was originally written by Brigadier Daniel Butterfield, an American Civil War general in July, 1862. I was in the military and taps was played at days end, and I can say with certainty that this version of Il silenzio is close enough to General Butterfields original Taps to stir the same emotions.
The videos are not of the correct format to enter here, so rather than go through the process of converting them, I thought I would let you see and listen to them on my blog. Please click on this link,
http://wdcplace.blogspot.com, go to full screen and turn up your volume. Click on each video to enjoy these very special and beautiful songs played by two very talented artists/musicians of the likes that you will never forget. Please leave your comments and let me know what you think of them.