Directed in 1987 by the Hungarian filmmaker Pál Sándor, "Miss Arizona" is a melodrama inspired by true events starring a couple of cabaret artists during the convulsed interwar years.
For the music was not only necessary to compose a dramatic score, but also to find the handful of songs that stars would perform in the Arizona club. Armando Trovaioli chose to write new compositions, whose lyrics were further related to the story
itself. Given the experience of Trovaioli in the genre of varieties, the musician readily resolved the challenge and composed half a dozen songs, performed by Hanna Schygulla herself in English. The songs worked very well in the story. The rest of the score composed by Armando Trovaioli is a little jewel, practically unknown and mistreated in attempting to shorten the film length. He was faithful to his sensibility and to his preference for the piano as a solo instrument.
As the Main theme, he adapted the melody of One Day in May in Budapest, converting it into a nostalgic leitmotiv, which acquires its greatest expression in the beautiful suite that opens up the disc, Accadde a Budapest and in the epilogue. Trovaioli also wrote sad and intimate parts, associated with the character of Sándor, alongside incidental music, dark and gloomy, used in the most dramatic moments of the story, which had to do with the Jewish persecution. Moreover, he expressly composed an innocent love theme with an orchestra and synthesizer for the brief romance of András. And another motif for the moment in which the main characters see their destiny improved thanks to the diamonds, in which, as a curiosity, Trovaioli wanted to wink at Mastroianni, recovering a part of the melody that he had composed seventeen years ago for another film starring him, "Dramma della gelosia”.
Some tracks in the original master tapes had some imperfections which we tried to correct as best as possible during the mastering process in the way to offer the best possible listening.
. Accadde a Budapest 5:45
2. Assassinio di un uomo onesto 1:59
3. A Little Daisy 2:06
4. Audizione di un guitto 1:51
5. In una stanza di un piccolo hotel 1:39
6. I Feel Like a Bore 2:26
7. Può accadere soltanto in una favola 3:07
8. Incontrarsi e dirsi addio 3:00
9. One Day in May in Budapest 3:05
10. Diamonds 2:49
11. Accusa ad un delatore 3:30
12. Una breve storia d’amore 2:48
13. Miss Arizona (One Day in May in Budapest) 2:25
14. Tema per un suicidio 2:00
15. Loneliness 3:01
16. Shadow 3:13
17. Epilogo 4:32
Tracks 3, 6, 9, 10, 15 and 16 sung by Hanna Schygulla
Limited Edition of 300 copies