Ludovico Einaudi is a well-known Italian pianist. In my opinion, his best-sounding composition is Nuvole Bianche.
Nuvole Bianche is in Italian. Translated to English, it is “White Clouds,” which is very appropriately named. This is because the song can give you the feeling that you can get if you watch the clouds in the sky and recollect about your past. It is sad and happy at the same time.
This song was released in 2004, as a part of Einaudi’s Una Mattina album. It was also in a movie called “Insidious.”
Ludovico Einaudi speaks about the Una Mattina album, which is the album Nuvole Bianche is placed in:
“If someone asked me about this album, I would say it is a collection of songs linked together by a story. But unlike my other albums, it doesn’t belong to a time in the past.
“It speaks about me now, my life, the things around me. My piano, which I have nicknamed Tagore, my children Jessica and Leo, the orange kilim carpet that brightens up the living room, the clouds sailing slowly across the sky, the sunlight coming through the window, the music I listen to, the books I read and those I don’t read, my memories, my friends and the people I love.”Ludovico Einaudi (Composer)
Why Nuvole Bianche Sounds so Beautiful
There is a very direct reason why Nuvole Bianche sounds how it sounds — the chord progression. If you don’t know what a chord progression is, it’s a pattern of chords played throughout the entire song. This is what makes Nuvole Bianche sound so emotional.
The chord progression is used a lot in pop music, which separates it from being a classical piece. The chord progression is IV-vi-I-V, or 6-4-1-5. In this piece, here are the chords, in order:
If you compose a song with these chords it is guaranteed that your song will sound very emotional.
Here’s a video of Nuvole Bianche:
I hope you like my recording!