Se Telefonando


About Se Telefonando

"Se Telefonando" is a song performed by the Italian singer Mina, released in May 1966. The music was composed, orchestrated and conducted by Ennio Morricone to Italian lyrics by Ghigo De Chiara and Maurizio Costanzo. (Reportedly Costanzo only contributed one word, in editing a previous version of a verse, to avoid censorship). The song was written for a television broadcast, called “Aria condizionata”. It was a standout track of Mina's Studio Uno 66, the fifth-biggest-selling album of the year 1966 in Italy, which sold over a million copies worldwide. Morricone's sophisticated arrangement of "Se telefonando" was a combination of melodic trumpet lines, Hal Blaine–style drumming, a string set, a '60s Europop female choir, and intensive subsonic-sounding trombones. The main theme of the song thrills around just three notes, taken from the siren of a police car in Marseilles. The Italian Hitparade #7 song had eight transitions of tonality building tension throughout the chorus. In late 1966, Mina recorded an English version of the song for United Artists's release in English speaking countries. In the reader's poll conducted by the la Repubblica newspaper to celebrate Mina's 70th anniversary in 2010, 30,000 voters picked the track as the best song ever recorded by Mina. 


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Lo stupore della notte
Sul mar
Ci sorprese che eravamo sconosciuti io e te
Poi nel buio le tue mani
Sulle mie
É cresciuto troppo in fretta
Questo nostro

Se telefonando io potessi dirti addio
Ti chiamerei
Se io rivedendoti fossi certa che non soffri
Ti rivedrei
Se guardandoti negli occhi sapessi dirti basta
Ti guarderei

Ma non so spiegarti
Che il nostro amore appena nato
È già finito
Se telefonando io volessi dirti addio
Ti chiamerei
Se io rivedendoti fossi certa che non soffri
Ti rivedrei

Se guardandoti negli occhi sapessi dirti basta
Ti guarderei
Ma non so spiegarti
Che il nostro amore appena nato
È già finito

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Anna Maria Quaini or Mina Anna Mazzini,OMRI (25 March 1940), known as Mina, is an Italian pop singer. She was a staple of Italian television variety shows and a dominant figure in Italian pop music from the mid-1960s to mid-1970s, known for her three-octave vocal range, the agility of her soprano voice, and her image as an emancipated woman. more »

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Written by: Ennio Morricone, Maurizio Costanzo, Gaetano De Chiara

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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10 facts about this song

Song artist and genre
"Se Telefonando" is sung by Mina, a popular Italian pop singer known for her powerful, versatile voice. The song is typically classified as part of the Italian pop and classic ballads genre.
Song debut
The song was first performed by Mina in the seventh episode of her TV show "Studio One" in 1966, making a great impact on the public.
The lyrics for the song "Se Telefonando" were penned by Ghigo De Chiara, while the music was composed by legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone.
Chart success
"Se Telefonando" became a huge hit upon its release and reached number 7 on the annual list of the bestselling singles in Italy in 1966.
Song concept
The song's theme is a love that ends with a phone call. This concept was dramatically highlighted in Mina's voice and the powerful orchestration, adding a tragic dimension to the song's story.
Musical complexity
One striking feature of the song is its distinct structure, which includes a three-note motif that is played in different arrangements for the song's duration adding depth to the musical composition.
Cover versions
"Se Telefonando" has been covered multiple times by a variety of artists, including Francoise Hardy, who recorded a French version of the song.
Song's popularity over time
Despite being over 50 years old, "Se Telefonando" continues to be popular and frequently played on Italian radio stations, TV programs, and covered by various artists, indicating Mina's enduring influence on Italian pop culture.
Award recognition
In 2008, Mina's original version was awarded with the "Targa Tenco" for Best Song.
The song "Se Telefonando" contributed greatly to the fame of Mina. It is recognized as one of her signature songs and remains one of the emblematic Italian pop songs from the 1960s.

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