Stelvio Cipriani

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Stelvio Cipriani (born 20 August 1937 in Rome), is an Italian composer, mostly of motion picture soundtracks.

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. Upon return to Italy he accompanied Rita Pavone on piano.

His first soundtrack was the spaghetti western El Precio de un Hombre/The Bounty Killer (1966) followed by a well known score for Un Uomo, uno caballo, una pistola/The Stranger Returns/Shoot First Laugh Last (1967) starring Tony Anthony; Cipriani later composed other spaghetti western scores with Anthony.

Cipriani became prolific in the Italian film world and was awarded a Nastro d'Argento for Best Score for The Anonymous Venetian (film) (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 most famous scores is from "La Polizia Sta a Guardare". The main theme was recycled by Cipriani for the score for Tentacoli and was brought to the public's attention again in 2007 when it was featured in Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof.

Cipriani's scores for the films of the "La Polizia..." series were different arrangements over the same theme. Some of those themes were used in the soundtrack of the couple Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani's first feature Amer.

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Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Rating Releases
1972 Antla Soundtrack 1
1972 Timanfaya Soundtrack 2
1974 Metralleta Stein Soundtrack 1
1975 Mark il poliziotto Soundtrack 2
1976 Blondy Soundtrack 2
1991 Anonimo veneziano Soundtrack 1
1991 Tentacoli Soundtrack 1
1997 Incubo sulla città contaminata Soundtrack 2
2006 La morte cammina con i tacchi alti Soundtrack 1
2008 La polizia chiede aiuto / La polizia sta a guardare / La polizia ha le mani legate Soundtrack 1
2008 Femina ridens Soundtrack 2
2010 Dedicato a una stella Soundtrack 1
2011 Eden no sono (Il giardino dell'Eden) Soundtrack 1
2012 Due cuori, una cappella Soundtrack 1

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