Cieli di Toscana


"We were fortunate to find writers who have really sought to grasp my vocal characteristics, to understand me as a singer. We spent a lot of time considering many beautiful songs...we have so many great songs." (Andrea Bocelli)


Andrea and Pierpaolo Guerrini and Paolo Luciani, the writers of Melodramma, thanks to Pierpaolo
Pierpaolo Guerrini, Andrea Bocelli, Paolo Luciani
"Melodramma, the opening track, could be the story of my life. Even though life has smiled on him, what he sees in his memories is what is most dear to him. And it possesses one of the most typically Italian melodies you could find. It radiates sunshine." (Andrea Bocelli)


Here we'd like to present the writers of 


This is the love song of a man deeply rooted to his native land and family, and who loves a woman still ever present in his memories. His feelings and his pain are so strong that a melodrama grows in his heart, a reminder that amid the fields, amid the smell of must and the countryside, his destiny was born. The life and landscapes of his childhood haunts come back to mind. The morning is clear. His nostalgia becomes a song dedicated to all that lost world. Now through every stage of life, his melodrama is by his side.


Pierpaolo Guerrini, picture


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He played keyboards in various groups like the Homo Sapiens: Pierpaolo Guerrini says: "I met Andrea Bocelli before his success and it has been very important because I've been stimulated by Andrea's voice. My melodic talent has been elevated in his interpretative character, giving me the necessary energy and enthusiasm to write numerous works." As an artistic producer he arranged the first successes of Bocelli like the pre-productions of "Miserere" and "Il mare calmo della sera." He wrote two songs included in the new album: "Melodramma" and the duet "L'abitudine," and worked with various collaborators (like Paolo Luciani, co-author of "Melodramma").
Singer, songwriter and guitar player: he published two pop albums. Luciani's experience has become deeper in his search for composition of songs on a different level to the big tenor Bocelli. About this experience he says: "Passion, enthusiasm, sacrifice and emotion: they have impressed my heart with the gratification of all efforts previously made. Now 'Melodramma' will accompany me forever in my life."


Paolo Luciani, picture


 ...and "Mascagni"
With this song the writers have wanted to pay homage to Pietro Mascagni, the great composer from Livorno. Key moments in the maestro's life are celebrated and the main features of his personality outlined. In particular the writers wanted to underline how his ethnic roots, the difficulties or his tormented career and finally his intense love life all strongly influenced his music and creative process. The writers have noted, in the energy that leaps out of his music and in the surge of his immortal melodies, the crucial influence of the places where Mascagni took his first steps. That is, his native city, which with its sea and typical weather offered him: a lively cultural life, spontaneity, the tendency to live life to the full, and meet every new love with passion.

Paolo Marioni, picture

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He was born in Fauglia (near Pisa) where he still lives. Registered to the SIAE, he started his discography as an author of disco songs produced by CGD and by the French CARRER. In 1995 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the death of Pietro Mascagni, he got the idea to write, together with some friends, a song dedicated to the big composer from Livorno. He composed the song titled "Mascagni" with the collaboration of Luigi Biagioni and Carlo Botteghi. About this involvement he says: "When I knew that the song was included in the new Andrea Bocelli album, my heart started to beat fast - for the joy - and thousands of other thoughts are impossible to describe. It was and it will be an unforgettable experience. I hope to be able to collaborate on other compositions in the near future. The engagement will remain strong."
He was born in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana in 1961. He starts to collaborate with Paolo Marioni writing together with him disco songs and Italian pop music. In the '90s he devoted himself to journalism and the essay-writing. He is one of the authors of the song "Mascagni." About this experience he says: "This song offered to me and Paolo (Marioni) the possibility to make concrete the love we feel for lyrical music. I still remember with joy that day in which I met personally Andrea, in the summer 2001, when he was busy with the recording of his video-clip for the song 'Mascagni.' To listen to him sing live 'Il Trovatore; by Verdi when we were waiting for the start of the shootings was a spiritually overpowering experience."
Luigi Biagioni
Paolo Marioni, Paolo Luciani, Pierpaolo Guerrini, picture

Pierpaolo Guerini (picture right) tells us:


My role is of composer and arranger. The songs that I have written are: "Cantico" from the "Sogno" album, and "Melodramma" and the duet "L'abitudine" in "Cieli di Toscana. The pre-production of a great part of all of Andrea's pop albums has taken place near the Studio Centauro, and the recording of many of the voices in "L'incontro"  were completely recorded at the above-mentioned studio. During the work of composition and pre-production, my collaborators were Paolo Luciani (picture middle) and Paolo Marioni (picture left), seen in the photos.
Andrea and Pierpaolo at work in
 the Centauro Studios of Pierpaolo Guerrini
Andrea und Pierpaolo in Studio Centauro, 2001, Dank an Pierpaolo



Luigi und Paolo, Thanks to Paolo


Juli 2001, Livorno, Andrea, Paolo und Luigi, Thanks to Paolo

break during the making of the Videoclip "Mascagni"

Juli 2001, Livorno, Andrea und Paolo, Thanks to Paolo
 "The language of a pop song should be genuine...I wanted to work with writers who are inspired, first and foremost. " 
(Andrea Bocelli)


composers in Venice, Ocotober 5th, 2001, picture
In the picture above you see the happy composers after the presentation of Cieli di Toscana in Venice. Among them there is also the singer Rosanna Sciarra (middle of the picture), who sang the duet "L'abitudine" for the demo version, and Renate from

Premio Bocelli
Bocelli cherishes the opportunity to champion the art of music and support the work of other artists. In fact, two of the songs on the new CD came out of an international songwriting competition, the "Premio Andrea Bocelli" - the winning composition, "E Mi Manchi Tu," by Czech composer Zdenek Bartak, and the impressive runner-up, Italian composer Matteo Musumeci's "Resta Qui." On another piece, "L'abitudine," Bocelli introduces Helena - a rising young Italian star whom he discovered - to his international audience.
The "Bocelli 2001" Composition Award was organized by the recording company Insieme srl and by Edizione Suvini Zerboni, with the support of the Office of Cultural Activities.
The first edition, which was rolled out in 2000, has had remarkable resonance at a worldwide level and has registered a very high level of participation: more than 500 scores were sent, most originating from Italy and from European countries (France, Germany, Austria, Great Britain, Malta, Holland, Belgium, Spain, Greece, Czech Republic, Sweden, Norway, Hungary, Cyprus, Turkey), but also from the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, and even from Indonesia.
The jury, composed of personalities from the world of classical and popular music and presided over by Caterina Caselli Sugar, selected the following compositions, which will be awarded the anticipated prizes:
First Prize: £5,000,000 and a cut on Andrea Bocelli's pop CD:
"LIDA" by Zdenek Barták (Czech Republic)


Second Prize: £3,000,000 and a cut on Andrea Bocelli's pop CD:
"SENSAZIONI" by Matteo Musumeci (Italy)


Third Prize: £2,000,000:

translation: M. Morgan

Original Italian
Il Premio di Composizione "Bocelli 2001" è stato organizzato dalla Casa discografica Insieme srl e dalle Edizioni Suvini Zerboni, con il patrocinio del Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali.
La prima edizione, che si è svolta nell’anno 2000, ha avuto notevole risonanza a livello mondiale e ha registrato un’altissima partecipazione: più di cinquecento sono state le partiture inviate, provenienti per lo più dall’Italia e dai paesi europei (Francia, Germania, Austria, Gran Bretagna, Malta, Olanda, Belgio, Spagna, Grecia, Repubblica Ceca, Svezia, Norvegia, Ungheria, Cipro, Turchia), ma anche dagli Stati Uniti, dal Canada, dal Giappone, dall’Australia, dal Messico, dall’Argentina, dal Brasile e persino dall’Indonesia.
La giuria, composta da personalità del mondo della musica classica e leggera e presieduta da Caterina Caselli Sugar, ha selezionato le seguenti composizioni a cui saranno assegnati i premi previsti:
1° premio
Lit. 5.000.000 e incisione su disco pop di Andrea Bocelli
LIDA di Zdenek Barták (Repubblica Ceca)
2° premio
Lit. 3.000.000 e incisione su disco pop di Andrea Bocelli
SENSAZIONI di Matteo Musumeci (Italia)
3° premio
Lit. 2.000.000