Saturday, 5 May 1990

GIANNI MADONINI

Born: December 30th, 1960, Milan (Italy)
Nationality: Italian

In due course, the short impression below will be replaced with a more extensive career overview


BIOGRAPHY

Gianni Madonini played keyboards on Adriano Celentano’s 1987 album ‘Pubblica ottusità’. As an arranger, he mainly worked with Toto Cutugno in the late 1980s and early 1990s; this includes songs written by Cutugno for Fiordaliso and Sandro Giacobbe. Madonini is also credited for his orchestrations for Beata, Stephany, Gigi Sabani, and Den Harrow. He conducted Toto Cutugno’s ‘Gli amori’ in the 1990 San Remo Festival; this song finished second.

EUROVISION SONG CONTEST

Because the winners of the 1990 San Remo Festival, the group Pooh, did not feel like representing Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest of that same year, number two Toto Cutugno was invited by Italian television to write a song. He came up with ‘Insieme 1992’, a melodious mid-tempo song with lyrics about European unification. Gianni Madonini arranged the music and conducted the orchestra for this Italian entry in Zagreb. Toto Cutugno won the contest – the second Italian victory after Gigliola Cinquetti’s ‘Non ho l’età’ in 1964.

EUROVISION INVOLVEMENT YEAR BY YEAR

1990 Zagreb
Country – Italy
Song title – "Insieme 1992"
Rendition – Toto Cutugno 
Lyrics – Salvatore "Toto" Cutugno
Composition – Salvatore "Toto" Cutugno
Studio arrangement – Gianni Madonini
Live orchestration – Gianni Madonini
Conductor – Gianni Madonini
Score – 1st place (149 votes)

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