Favourite Italian Composersby mister_gs | created - 31 Aug 2012 | updated - 04 Feb 2016 | Public
No ranking, just sorted First Name / Family Name. Except Nicola Piovani, who is an underrated author of film music. Personal favourites are Carlo Savina, Piero Piccioni and Stelvio Cipriani. Ennio Morricone is kinda Godfather of film music in general but he's not comparable to anybody else and plays in a league of his own. Thanks for checking, enjoy.
Soundtrack | Yuppi du
Adriano Celentano is one of the most important singers of Italian pop music, but he's also been a creator of a comic genre in movies, with his characteristic way of walking and his facial expressions. For the most part, his films were commercially successful, in fact in the 70s and part of the 80s,...
Soundtrack | C'era una volta il West
Alessandro Alessandroni was born in Rome. He came to fame for playing the guitar and "the whistle" theme on Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars (1964) on music composed by Ennio Morricone. Alessandroni started playing at age 11. When still a teenager, he formed a band playing in several venues in ...
Composer | Continente perduto
He graduated in violin and composition at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan (Italy), Lavagnino deserves a special place in film music for his contribution to documentaries. He gave reportages a new dimension; he did not elaborate folkloristic themes, neither he passively adapts the ...
10. Armando Sciascia
Composer | L'uomo che bruciò il suo cadavere
Armando Sciascia was born on June 16, 1920 in Lanciano, Abruzzo, Italy. He is known for his work on The Man Who Burnt His Corpse (1964), Adolescenti al sole (1964) and Gli eroi di ieri... oggi... domani (1964). He died on June 23, 2017 in Connecticut, USA.
Soundtrack | Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Armando Trovajoli was born on September 2, 1917 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is known for his work on Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Wifemistress (1977) and Get Smart (2008). He was married to Maria Paola Sapienza and Pier Angeli. He died on February 28, 2013 in Rome.
Composer | L'armata Brancaleone
Carlo Rustichelli was born on December 24, 1916 in Carpi, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He was a composer, known for For Love and Gold (1966), The Seducer-Man of Straw (1958) and The Facts of Murder (1959). He was married to Evi. He died on November 13, 2004 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
27. Dario Marianelli
Composer | Atonement
Dario Marianelli was born in Pisa and studied piano and composition in Florence and London. After a year as a postgraduate composer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he spent 3 years at the National Film and Television School, from which he graduated in 1997. Dario's film scores include '...
29. Ennio Morricone
Composer | The Hateful Eight
A classmate of director Sergio Leone with whom he would form one of the great director/composer partnerships (right up there with Eisenstein & Prokofiev, Hitchcock & Herrmann, Fellini & Rota), Ennio Morricone studied at Rome's Santa Cecilia Conservatory, where he specialized in trumpet. His first ...
35. Fiorenzo Carpi
Composer | Voltati Eugenio
Italian pianist and composer, a 1945 graduate of Milan Conservatory. Subsequently ensemble member of the Piccolo Teatro di Milano. In addition to film music, he also composed pop songs, commercial jingles, symphonic and chamber opera works. For television he wrote the music for Comencini's classic ...
Composer | Ang Sawa sa Lumang Simboryo
Born in Rome, he studied composition at the Neapolitan Conservatory "S. Pietro a Majella" under the direction of M° Achille Longo then proceeded to study orchestra direction at the Chigiana Academy in Siena with Paul Van Kempen and Franco Ferrara. He also graduated in horn, after having studied ...
39. Franco De Gemini
Soundtrack | C'era una volta il West
Franco De Gemini was born on September 10, 1928 in Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He is known for his work on Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), Lone Wolf McQuade (1983) and Si può fare molto con 7 donne (1972). He died on July 20, 2013 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
48. Gianni Ferrio
Soundtrack | Inglourious Basterds
Gianni Ferrio was born on November 16, 1924 in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy. He was a composer, known for Inglourious Basterds (2009), Look Who's Back (2015) and The Adventurers (1970). He was married to Alba Arnova. He died on October 21, 2013 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
59. Pippo Caruso
Composer | Le evase - Storie di sesso e di violenze
Pippo Caruso was born on December 22, 1935 in Belpasso, Sicily, Italy as Giuseppe Caruso. He was a composer, known for Escape from Women's Prison (1978), Eyes Behind the Wall (1977) and Primitive Love (1964). He died on May 28, 2018 in Passo Corese, Rieti, Lazio, Italy.
68. Mario Nascimbene
Soundtrack | Matchstick Men
Mario Nascimbene was born on November 28, 1913 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy as Mario Ernesto Rosolino Nascimbene. He is known for his work on Matchstick Men (2003), Violent Summer (1959) and The Vikings (1958). He was married to Mara Caterina Ripari and Tamara Adrian. He died on January 6, 2002 in ...
73. Nino Rota
Composer | The Godfather
Born in Milan in 1911 into a family of musicians, Nino Rota was first a student of Orefice and Pizzetti. Then, still a child, he moved to Rome where he completed his studies at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in 1929 with Alfredo Casella. In the meantime, he had become an 'enfant prodige', famous...
79. Piero Piccioni
Composer | Le mépris
Piero Piccioni was born in Turin (Italy) on the 6th December 1921. Son of a pure Turinese mother (her maiden name was Marengo), and from here the pseudonym Piero Morgan, which he adopted until 1957. He had played on the radio with his historic Big Band "013" in 1938, to then return, after the ...
81. Pino Donaggio
Composer | Dressed to Kill
Born in Burano (Venice) in 1941, Pino Donaggio studied violin at the Conservatory of Venice and Milan.
After a period of adolescent performer of classical music with the Solisti Veneti and the Soloists of Milan, in 1959 he began to devote himself to the pop music that soon led to international ...
85. Riz Ortolani
Composer | I giorni dell'ira
Riz Ortolani was born on March 25, 1926 in Pesaro, Marche, Italy as Riziero Ortolani. He is known for his work on Day of Anger (1967), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and Festa di laurea (1985). He was married to Katina Ranieri. He died on January 23, 2014 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
88. Roberto Nicolosi
Composer | La ragazza che sapeva troppo
One of only two composers to start out as a dentist (the other being English-born Wilfred Josephs) Roberto Nicolosi was born in Genoa in 1914. As well as gaining a degree in medicine, he also won a diploma in composition at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Music in Milan. After several years in ...
89. Roberto Pregadio
Composer | Eva, la Venere selvaggia
Roberto Pregadio was born on December 6, 1928 in Aci Sant'Antonio, Catania, Sicily, Italy. He is known for his work on King of Kong Island (1968), Our Men in Bagdad (1966) and Desert of Fire (1971). He died on November 15, 2010 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
94. Stelvio Cipriani
Soundtrack | Never Let Me Go
He studied piano and harmony at Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome. In 1957 he started playing light music, being the pianist of important singers such as Rita Pavone. In USA he studied jazz with Dave Brubeck. In 1966 he was called by Cam to compose his first soundtrack: The Bounty Killer, a film ...
95. Teo Usuelli
Soundtrack | The Big Lebowski
He completed his studies in Milan. After having received his diploma in Humanities, he attended the Faculty of Pure Mathematics at the State University for four years with good results. He specialized in music and choir song in 1944, and graduated in Composition from the Conservatory "G. Verdi" of ...
Composer | Sotto il segno dello scorpione
Vittorio Gelmetti was born on April 25, 1926 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He is known for his work on Sotto il segno dello scorpione (1969), Red Desert (1964) and The Blind Fly (1966). He died on February 4, 1992 in Florence, Tuscany, Italy.