Pino Donaggio (Italian composer)

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Giuseppe "Pino" Donaggio (born 24 November 1941) is an Italian composer.

Born in Burano (an island of Venice), into a family of musicians, Donaggio began studying violin at the age of ten, first at the Benedetto Marcello conservatory in Venice, followed by the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan. At the age of 14, he made his solo debut in a Vivaldi concert for Italian radio, then went on to play for both the I Solisti Veneti and the Solisti di Milano. The discovery of rock and roll during the summer of 1959 ended Donaggio's classical career when he made his singing debut with Paul Anka. He then began to write his own songs and established himself as one of Italy's prominent singer-songwriters. He took part in the Sanremo Festival with "Come sinfonia" (1961) and had a string of successes including "Il cane di stoffa".

However, his greatest hit was the 1965 hit "Io che non vivo", which sold 60 million records worldwide and was performed most popularly in English as "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" by Dusty Springfield and Elvis Presley.

His first film was the British/Italian horror film Don't Look Now. Since then he has worked on many films, and composed music for several more, including: Dario Argento's Trauma and Due occhi diabolici. In the late 1970s, he composed the scores for horror films Tourist Trap and Piranha. He works regularly with US director Brian De Palma, scoring De Palma's Carrie (1976), Home Movies (1979), Dressed to Kill (1980), Blow Out (1981), Body Double (1984), Raising Cain (1992) and Passion (2012).

In 2012 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Soundtrack Academy.

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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2000 Brian De Palma: Music by Pino Donaggio Compilation Pino Donaggio 1
2005 Pino Donaggio et le Cinéma Italien Compilation Pino Donaggio 1
I grandi successi di Compilation Pino Donaggio 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1976 Carrie Soundtrack Pino Donaggio 3.5 7
1980 Dressed to Kill Soundtrack Pino Donaggio 4 3
1980 Home Movies Soundtrack Pino Donaggio 2
1981 Don't Look Now Soundtrack Pino Donaggio 3
1981 The Howling Soundtrack Pino Donaggio 2
1986 Crawlspace (1986 Film Score) Soundtrack Pino Donaggio 2
1988 Zelly and Me Soundtrack Pino Donaggio 1
1989 Symphonic Suites (The Howling / Tourist Trap / Piranha / Home Movies) Soundtrack Pino Donaggio 1
1989 Love and Menace (Carrie / Home Movies / Dressed to Kill / Blow Out / Body Double) Soundtrack Donaggio - DePalma 1
1990 The Barbarians Soundtrack Pino Donaggio 1
1991 Meridian Soundtrack Pino Donaggio 1
1991 The Gamble (La Partita) Soundtrack Pino Donaggio 1
1992 Raising Cain Soundtrack Pino Donaggio 2
1993 Colpo di coda (Twist) Soundtrack Pino Donaggio 1
2002 Blow Out Soundtrack Pino Donaggio 2
2004 Piranha Soundtrack Pino Donaggio 1
2005 Seed of Chucky Soundtrack Pino Donaggio 1
2007 Hercules (1983 Luigi Cozzi film) Soundtrack Pino Donaggio 1
2008 Body Double Soundtrack Pino Donaggio 3 2
2011 Ordeal by Innocence (1984) Soundtrack Pino Donaggio 1
2011 The Berlin Affair (1985) Soundtrack Pino Donaggio 1
2011 Déjà Vu Soundtrack Pino Donaggio 1
2013 Passion Soundtrack Pino Donaggio 2
2013 Ti piace Hitchcock? (Do You Like Hitchcock?) Soundtrack Pino Donaggio 1
2014 Patrick Soundtrack Pino Donaggio 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1965 Io che non vivo (senza te) / Il mondo di notte Pino Donaggio 1

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