Favourite Italian Composers

by 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.

1. Nicola Piovani

Composer | La vita è bella

Nicola Piovani was born on May 26, 1946 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is a composer, known for Life Is Beautiful (1997), The Tiger and the Snow (2005) and Ginger and Fred (1986).

2. Adriano Celentano

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,...

6. Alessandro Alessandroni

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 ...

8. Amedeo Tommasi

La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano

Amedeo Tommasi was born on December 1, 1935 in Trieste, Italy. He is known for his work on The Legend of 1900 (1998), Sleepless (2001) and The House of the Laughing Windows (1976).

9. Angelo Francesco Lavagnino

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.

11. Armando Trovajoli

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.

12. Augusto Martelli

Composer | Noa Noa

Augusto Martelli was born on March 15, 1940 in Genoa, Liguria, Italy. He was a composer, known for Noa Noa (1974), Pensando a te (1969) and The Magnificent Robin Hood (1970). He died on November 3, 2014 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy.

15. Bruno Canfora

Soundtrack | Nueve reinas

Bruno Canfora was born on November 6, 1924 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He died on August 4, 2017 in Piegaro, Umbria, Italy.

18. Carlos Pes

Soundtrack | About Time

Carlos Pes was born on March 3, 1927 in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. He died on December 24, 1999 in Bellagio, Italy.

19. Carlo Rustichelli

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.

20. Carlo Savina

Soundtrack | Sixteen Candles

Carlo Savina was born on August 2, 1919 in Turin, Piedmont, Italy. He is known for his work on Sixteen Candles (1984), The Tenant (1976) and The Godfather (1972). He died on June 23, 2002 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

21. Cesare A. Bixio

Soundtrack | Raging Bull

Cesare A. Bixio was born on October 11, 1896 in Naples, Campania, Italy as Cesare Andrea Bixio. He died on March 5, 1978 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

22. Claudio Gizzi

Composer | Che?

Claudio Gizzi is a composer, known for What? (1972), Plague Town (2008) and Flesh for Frankenstein (1973).

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 '...

28. Detto Mariano

Composer | Il burbero

Detto Mariano was born on July 27, 1937 in Monte Urano, Marche, Italy as Mariano Detto. He is a composer, known for Il burbero (1986), The Tough and the Mighty (1969) and Avanti! (1972).

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 ...

30. Enrico Pellegrini

Sound_department | 2047: Sights of Death

Enrico Pellegrini is known for his work on 2047: Sights of Death (2014), Grandi domani (2005) and Medici (2016).

31. Enrico Pieranunzi

Music_department | Nuovo Cinema Paradiso

Enrico Pieranunzi is known for his work on Cinema Paradiso (1988), Pieces (1982) and Young, Violent, Dangerous (1976).

32. Enrico Simonetti

Soundtrack | Step Up

Enrico Simonetti was born on January 29, 1924 in Alassio, Liguria, Italy. He is known for his work on Step Up (2006), Macumba Love (1960) and Il circolo Pickwick (1968). He died on May 28, 1978 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

33. Fabio Frizzi

Soundtrack | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Fabio Frizzi was born on July 2, 1951 in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He is a composer, known for Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Devil Fish (1984) and Saint Frankenstein (2015).

34. Fiamma Maglione

Actress | Cannibal ferox

Fiamma Maglione is known for her work on Cannibal Ferox (1981), Concorde Affaire '79 (1979) and The Tough Ones (1976). She was married to Mino Loy. She died in January 2003.

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 ...

36. Francesco De Masi

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.

40. Franco Mannino

Composer | L'innocente

Franco Mannino was born on April 24, 1924 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. He is known for his work on L'Innocente (1976), Conversation Piece (1974) and Beat the Devil (1953). He died on February 1, 2005 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

41. Franco Micalizzi

Soundtrack | Grindhouse

Franco Micalizzi was born on December 21, 1939 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

42. Franco Potenza

Composer | Afrika

Franco Potenza was born on January 23, 1922 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is known for his work on Afrika (1973), The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) and Milano nera (1961). He died on September 6, 2011 in Rome.

43. Fred Bongusto

Composer | La cicala

Fred Bongusto was born on April 6, 1935 in Campobasso, Molise, Italy as Alfredo Buongusto. He is a composer, known for The Cricket (1980), Oh, Serafina! (1976) and Malicious (1973).

46. Gian Piero Reverberi

Soundtrack | Kick-Ass

Gian Piero Reverberi was born on July 29, 1939 in Genoa, Italy. He has been married to Laura Giordano since 1963.

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.

53. Giorgio Gaslini

Composer | Profondo rosso

Giorgio Gaslini was born on October 22, 1929 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He is known for his work on Deep Red (1975), La Notte (1961) and Love (2015). He was married to Simona Caucia. He died on July 29, 2014 in Borgo Val di Taro, Italy.

54. Giorgio Moroder

Soundtrack | Top Gun

Giorgio Moroder was born on April 26, 1940 in Urtijëi, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy as Hansjörg Moroder.

55. Giovanna Marini

Composer | Storia d'amore

Giovanna Marini was born on January 19, 1937 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Giovanna Salviucci. She is known for her work on A Tale of Love (1986), Third Millenium Stories (1996) and The Suspect (1975).

56. Giovanni Fusco

Composer | L'avventura

Giovanni Fusco was born on October 10, 1906 in Sant'Agata de' Goti, Campania, Italy. He was a composer, known for L'Avventura (1960), Story of a Love Affair (1950) and Red Desert (1964). He died on May 31, 1968 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

58. Giuliano Sorgini

Soundtrack | Running with Scissors

Giuliano Sorgini is known for his work on Running with Scissors (2006).

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.

60. Guido De Angelis

Soundtrack | Il mondo di Yor

Guido De Angelis was born on December 22, 1944 in Rocca di Papa, Lazio, Italy. He is a composer and producer, known for Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1983), Death Proof (2007) and Grindhouse (2007).

63. Ludovico Einaudi

Composer | This Is England

Ludovico Einaudi was born on November 23, 1955 in Turin, Italy as Ludovico Maria Enrico Einaudi. He is a composer, known for This Is England (2006), The Intouchables (2011) and Under a False Name (2004).

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 ...

69. Maurizio De Angelis

Soundtrack | Il mondo di Yor

Maurizio De Angelis was born on February 22, 1947 in Rocca di Papa, Lazio, Italy. He is a composer, known for Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1983), Death Proof (2007) and Grindhouse (2007).

70. Nando De Luca

Composer | Ricco

Nando De Luca is known for his work on Ricco (1973), Gli assassini sono nostri ospiti (1974) and L'assassino è costretto ad uccidere ancora (1975).

71. Nico Fidenco

Soundtrack | Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Nico Fidenco was born on January 24, 1933 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Dominic Colarossi. He is a composer, known for Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), Boccaccio '70 (1962) and Emanuelle Around the World (1977).

72. Nino Oliviero

Soundtrack | Nine

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...

74. Nora Orlandi

Soundtrack | Kill Bill: Vol. 2

Nora Orlandi was born on June 28, 1933 in Voghera, Lombardy, Italy. She is a composer, known for Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), Boccaccio '70 (1962) and The Sweet Body of Deborah (1968).

76. Paolo Vivaldi

Composer | La vita promessa

Paolo Vivaldi was born on January 20, 1964 in Rome, Italy. He is known for his work on La vita promessa (2018), Don't Be Bad (2015) and Like a Butterfly (2016).

77. Peppino De Luca

Soundtrack | 21

78. Peppino Gagliardi

Soundtrack | The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Peppino Gagliardi was born on May 25, 1940 in Naples, Italy as Giuseppe Gagliardi.

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 ...

80. Piero Umiliani

Soundtrack | The Spectacular Now

Supplied the music for the 1970 Italian theatrical version of O Cabeleira.

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 ...

84. Renzo Rossellini

Composer | Paisà

Renzo Rossellini was born on February 2, 1908 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is known for his work on Paisan (1946), The Brothers Karamazov (1947) and Caligula (1979). He died on May 13, 1982 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

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.

86. Robby Poitevin

Soundtrack | Er ist wieder da

Robby Poitevin is known for his work on Look Who's Back (2015), Operation White Shark (1966) and The Sweet Body of Deborah (1968).

87. Roberto Donati

Soundtrack | Roma a mano armata

Roberto Donati is a composer, known for The Tough Ones (1976), Apache Woman (1976) and Eaten Alive! (1980).

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 ...

96. Ubaldo Continiello

Composer | Play Motel

Film composer and conductor.

97. Ugo Calise

Soundtrack | Pane e cioccolata

Ugo Calise was born on May 6, 1921 in Oratino, Abruzzi e Molise, Italy. He died on August 6, 1994 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

98. Vince Tempera

Soundtrack | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Vince Tempera was born on September 18, 1946 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy as Vincenzo Tempera. He is a composer, known for Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Afterglow (1997) and The Psychic (1977).

99. Vittorio Gelmetti

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.



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