Alessandro Cicognini

Alessandro Cicognini (25 January 1906 9 November 1995) was an Italian film music composer.


Born in Pescara, Cicognini was classically trained at the Milan Conservatory.[1] In 1933 he composed an opera, Donna Lombarda, inspired by a popular folk ballad. From then, with the exceptions of Messa a 5 voci and Saul, he focused his activities on composing musical scores for over 100 films, often collaborating with filmmakers Vittorio de Sica and Alessandro Blasetti.[1] Much of his film music makes use of small ensembles and unusual instrumentation, rather than the lush orchestral scores common to film music of the mid-20th century. His style has been described as late-romantic, and was characterized by immediacy and catchiness.[1] In 1965 he retired from film composition and became a teacher; one of his soundtracks, to the 1953 film Stazione Termini, was reused in What's Eating Gilbert Grape in 1993.

Cicognini died in Rome on 9 November 1995 at the age of 89.[2]



  1. Anna Rita Colaianni. "Cicognini, Alessandro". Gino Castaldo (edited by). Dizionario della canzone italiana. Curcio Editore, 1990.
  2. "Alessandro Cicognini". Rovi Corp. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
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