Saturday, October 20, 2018

Who Are Those Composers? ~ Stelvio Cipriani

Stelvio Cipriani was born in Rome, Italy on August 20, 1937 in Rome, Italy. Though not coming from a musical background, as a child Cipriani was fascinated by his church's organ. His priest gave him his first music lessons and encouraged Cipriani and his family. Cipriani passed his examinations and studied at Santa Cecilia Conservatory from the age of 14, then played on cruise ship bands, that enabled him to meet Dave Brubeck. He moved to the United States to study and become more familiar with American jazz.. Upon returning to Italy he accompanied Rita Pavone on piano. His first soundtrack was the spaghetti western “El Precio de un Hombre”/”The Bounty Killer”/”The Ugly Ones” (1966) followed by a well-known score for “Un Uomo, uno caballo, una pistol”/”Shoot First Laugh Last”/”The Stranger Returns” (1967) starring Tony Anthony and Dan Vadis; Cipriani later composed other spaghetti western scores with Anthony. Cipriani became prolific in the Italian film world and was awarded a Nastro d'Argento Best Score for “The Anonymous Venetian” (1970). In a 2007 interview, Cipriani said that he had composed music for Pope John Paul II and was currently working with Pope Benedict XVI. One of Cipriani's tracks from the film “La polizia sta a guardare” was featured in Quentin Tarantino's “Death Proof”.

Stelvio Cipriani died in Rome on October 1, 2018, from the effects of a stroke he suffered in December 2017..

CIPRIANI, Stelvio (aka S.W. Cipriani, Stelio Cipriani, Stelvio W. Cipriani, Steve Powder, Steve Power) [8/20/1937, Rome, Lazio, Italy – 10/1/2018, Rome, Lazio, Italy] – composer, conductor, songwriter, musician (piano), actor
The Ugly Ones* – 1966
The Stranger Returns* – 1967
$20,000 on #7 - 1967
The Silent Stranger – 1968
The Law of Violence* - 1969
The Beast* - 1970
Blindman* – 1971
The Boldest Job in the West* – 1971
Finders Killers* - 1971
Guns for Dollars* – 1971
The Boldest Job in the West – 1972
The Magnificent West - 1972
Return of Halleluja* - 1972
The Great Adventure* – 1974
Seven Devils on Horseback - 1975

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