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 The Bounty Killer (1966), followed by a well known score for The Stranger Returns (also known as A Man, a Horse, a Gun and Shoot First, Laugh Last) (1967) starring Tony Anthony. Cipriani later composed other spaghetti western scores with Anthony, together with many popular poliziottesco soundtracks.

Cipriani became prolific in the Italian film world and was awarded a Nastro d'Argento for Best Score for The Anonymous Venetian (1970).

One of Cipriani's most famous scores is from the 1973 film La polizia sta a guardare (The Great Kidnapping). The main theme was recycled by Cipriani in 1977 for the score to 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.

In a 2007 interview, Cipriani said that he had composed music for Pope John Paul II and was currently working with Pope Benedict XVI.

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Album + Soundtrack

Year Title RatingReleases
1972 Antla 1
1972 Timanfaya 2
1974 Metralleta Stein 1
1975 Mark il poliziotto 2
1976 Blondy 2
1991 Anonimo veneziano 1
1991 Tentacoli 1
1997 Incubo sulla città contaminata 2
2005 Ecologia del delitto / Gli orrori del castello di Norimberga / Cani arrabbiati 1
2006 La morte cammina con i tacchi alti 1
2008 La polizia chiede aiuto / La polizia sta a guardare / La polizia ha le mani legate 1
2008 Femina ridens 2
2010 Dedicato a una stella 1
2011 Eden no sono (Il giardino dell'Eden) 1
2012 Due cuori, una cappella 1
2014 Concorde Affaire '79: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 1
2014 Il fiume del grande caimano 1
2015 Il fiume del grande caimano 1
2015 Uccidere in silenzio 1
2015 L'ultimo harem 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2011 Sono stato un agente C.I.A. (Covert Action) 1

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