Nora Orlandi

Nora Orlandi (born 28 June 1933; pseudonym: Joan Christian) is an Italian pianist, violinist, soprano vocalist, composer and occasional actress. As the first female film composer of Italian cinema, she composed scores for Spaghetti Westerns, Eurospy films and gialli throughout the 1960s and is best known for "Dies Irae", a short piece she wrote and performed for Sergio Martino's The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh (1971) which was later reused in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004). Her younger sister is the singer-songwriter Paola Orlandi.[1]

Nora Orlandi
Background information
Born(1933-06-28)28 June 1933
Voghera, Lombardy, Italy
GenresFilm music, easy listening, lounge music
Occupation(s)Composer, singer, pianist

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  1. Eustachi, Paolo. "La prima storica compositrice italiana di musica per film – Intervista esclusiva a Nora Orlandi". Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  2. Gracey, James. "The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh – Nora Orlandi". Retrieved 8 August 2019.
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