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Suzanne Ciani

While the union of classical music and more popular sensibilities often produces works of massive scale and operatic aspirations, Suzanne Ciani has across decades and innumerable platforms mined the genius latent in the incidental, the occasional, and the ephemeral. Born in Italy, Ciani studied music formally in the U.S. In the 1970s, she composed music for commercials for Merrill Lynch, General Electric, AT&T, and Coca Cola. She also reproduced sound effects on the synthesizer for companies, most famously the sound of a Coke bottle being opened. Other such credits include logo sounds for Energizer and ABC. She was the first woman to score a major Hollywood film (Lily Tomlin’s The Incredible Shrinking Woman). She also scored Lloyd Williams’ 1975 film Rainbow’s Children, and the daytime soap opera One Life to Live.  Beginning in 1982, she began recording new age albums that blended electronic and acoustic instrumentation. Yet her bestselling album, 1990’s Pianissimo, featured only Ciani’s piano.

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