Il Silenzio is an instrumental piece, with a small spoken Italian lyric, notable for its trumpet theme. It was written in 1965 by trumpet player Nini Rosso and Guglielmo Brezzai, its thematic melody being an extension of the same Italian Cavalry bugle call used by the Russian composer Tchaikovsky to open his Capriccio Italien. Il Silenzio originally contained the following spoken lines:
Il Silenzio (The Silence) written by Nini Rosso and Guglielmo Brezzai performed by Melissa Venema
"Il Silenzio" is a memorial piece commissioned by the Dutch and first played in 1965 on the 20th anniversary of the liberation of the country in World War II.
Victor P. Musso, President American Italian Federation of the Southeast