Sunday, July 28, 2013

Happy 80th Birthay Nora Orlandi

Nora Matilde-Rosa Orlandi was born on July 28, 1933 in Voghera, Lombardy, Italy. The daughter of opera singer Fanny Campos, Nora began singing at a young age and learning to play the piano. Nora got her start in film composing in 1953, when she composed the score for “Non Vogliamo Morire”. She has since been responsible for over 30 film scores, primarily for Spaghetti westerns and giallo films. Orlandi has also been responsible for incidental music for dozens of radio advertising spots and television shows. She often works with collaborators including, Alessandro Alessandroni, Paolo Ormi and Robert Poitevin. Nora founded the singing groups ‘Choir i 2 + 2 di Nora Orlandi’ [1952-1963], ‘Choir i 4 + 4 di Nora Orlandi’ [1964-1983].

Orlandi has scored nine Euro-westerns from “Heroes of the West” (1963) to “On the Third Day Arrived the Crow” (1972). She’s probably best remembered for her scores for “Johnny Yuma” (1966) starring Mark Damon and “$10,000 Blood Money” starring Gianni Garko.
Today we celebrate Nora Orlandi’s 80th birthday.

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic! A (very) belated Happy 80th to Ms. Orlandi. I stumbled upon this article while trying to find out whether she was still actively producing or performing.

    Her track "Soho" for the soundtrack to 1969's A Doppia Faccia remains one of my favourite 60s tracks. I actually discovered the track before seeing the film, and was a bit disappointed at how it's almost inaudible. I had to check on the Internet which scene it's played in, because I missed it the first time! Such an incredible piece of music, and the producers allowed it to be buried—it's a crime. Luckily the good people producing the soundtrack release have recognised Orlandi's talent.