Stelvio Cipriani

Stelvio Cipriani (20 August 1937 – 1 October 2018)[1] was an Italian composer, mostly of motion picture soundtracks.[2]

Stelvio Cipriani
Background information
Born(1937-08-20)20 August 1937
Rome, Italy
Died1 October 2018(2018-10-01) (aged 81)
Rome, Italy
GenresFilm music


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,[3] that enabled him to meet Dave Brubeck. Upon return to Italy he accompanied Rita Pavone on piano.[4]

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.[3]

In 2014 releases his original composition "Anonimo Veneziano" "To be the one you love" with the voice of International Recording Artist Veronica Vitale.

In 2017 takes part in some chapters of the episodic docufilm "Diario Di Bordo, Inside the Outsider" promoted by international recording artist Veronica Vitale.

Selected filmography

Year Film Directed by Notes
1966 The Bounty Killer Eugenio Martín a.k.a. The Ugly Ones
1967 The Stranger Returns Luigi Vanzi a.k.a. A Man, a Horse, a Gun
1968 Luana, The Girl Tarzan Roberto Infascelli as Bob Raymond
1969 Law Of Violence Gianni Crea
The Thirteen Chairs Nicolas Gessner a.k.a. Twelve Plus One
Agguato Sul Bosforo Luigi Batzella as Paull' Hamus
The Laughing Woman Piero Schivazappa also "Femina Ridens"
War Devils Bitto Albertini as Bert Albertini
1970 Edipeon Lorenzo Artale
Overrun! Mario Siciliano
Whirlpool José Ramón Larraz as J.R. Larrath
Le Mans, Shortcut to Hell Osvaldo Civirani as Richard Kean
Rough Justice Mario Costa a.k.a. The Beast
The Anonymous Venetian Enrico Maria Salerno
The Lickerish Quartet Radley Metzger
1971 Sex Of The Devil Oscar Brazzi
Finders Killers Gianni Crea
They Call Me Hallelujah Giuliano Carnimeo as Anthony Ascott
The Lonely Violent Beach Ernesto Gastaldi a.k.a. Death Company
Human Cobras Bitto Albertini
I Due Della F.1 Alla Corsa Più Pazza, Pazza Del Mondo Osvaldo Civirani
The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire Riccardo Freda
Twitch of the Death Nerve Mario Bava a.k.a. A Bay Of Blood
Blindman Ferdinando Baldi
Death Walks on High Heels Luciano Ercoli
The Devil Has Seven Faces Osvaldo Civirani
1972 To Kill In Silence Giuseppe Rolando
Baron Blood Mario Bava
Execution Squad Steno
The Boldest Job in the West José Antonio de la Loma a.k.a. Nevada
Timanfaya (Amor Prohibido) José Antonio de la Loma
Return of Hallelujah Giuliano Carnimeo as Anthony Ascott
The Killer Is on the Phone Alberto De Martino
Night Hair Child James Kelley & Andrea Bianchi a.k.a. What The Peeper Saw
Tragic Ceremony Riccardo Freda
1973 The Countess Died of Laughter Franz Antel
Le mataf Serge Leroy
The Bloody Hands of the Law Mario Gariazzo
The Great Kidnapping Roberto Infascelli
1974 The Student Connection Rafael Romero Marchent
Emergency Squad Stelvio Massi
The Sons Of White Fang Maurizio Pradeaux
Processo Per Direttissima Lucio De Caro
What Have They Done to Your Daughters? Massimo Dallamano
The Balloon Vendor Mario Gariazzo a.k.a. Last Moments
Death Will Have Your Eyes Giovanni d'Eramo
Rabid Dogs Mario Bava
1975 Blind Vendetta José Antonio de la Loma
Evil Eye Mario Siciliano
Killer Cop Luciano Ercoli a.k.a. The Police Can't Move
The Cursed Medallion Massimo Dallamano a.k.a. The Night Child
Mark of the Cop Stelvio Massi
The Great Adventure Gianfranco Baldanello
The Angels With Bound Hands Oscar Brazzi
Second Spring Ulli Lommel
Due Cuori, Una Cappella Maurizio Lucidi
Frankenstein - Italian Style Armando Crispino
1976 I 4 Del Clan Dal Cuore Di Pietra Rafael Romero Marchent
Where's Anna? Piero Schivazappa
Blondy Sergio Gobbi a.k.a. Vortex
Colt 38 Special Squad Massimo Dallamano
Take All of Me Luigi Cozzi
La Padrona E Servita Mario Lanfranchi
Mark Strikes Again Stelvio Massi
Deported Women of the SS Special Section Rino Di Silvestro
Maria R. And The Angels Of Trastevere Elfriede Gaeng
The Two Orphans Leopoldo Savona
1977 Tentacles Oliver Hellman as "S.W. Cipriani"
Stunt Squad Domenico Paolella
Highway Racer Stelvio Massi
Suor Emanuelle Giuseppe Vari
The Marble Faun Silverio Blasi
Double Game Carlo Ausino
The Perfect Killer Mario Siciliano as Marlon Sirko
Dear Wife Pasquale Festa Campanile
1978 Last Touch Of Love Filippo Ottoni a.k.a. The Day Santa Claus Cried
Fearless Stelvio Massi a.k.a. Magnum Cop
The Bermuda Triangle René Cardona Jr.
Last Angel Enzo Doria
The Wild Geese Attack Again Mario Siciliano a.k.a. Skin 'Em Alive
Bermuda: Cave of the Sharks Tonino Ricci as Anthony Richmond
Covert Action Romolo Guerrieri
The Bloodstained Shadow Antonio Bido
Child Of The Night Sergio Gobbi
Papaya, Love Goddess of the Cannibals Joe D'Amato
Convoy Busters Stelvio Massi
Target Guido Zurli
Secret Day Raimondo Del Balzo
1979 The Concorde Affair Ruggero Deodato a.k.a. Concorde Affaire '79
Tough to Kill Joe d'Amato
Encounters in the Deep Tonino Ricci as Anthony Richmond
Midnight Blue Raimondo Del Balzo
Lust Raniero di Giovanbattista as Jonas Rainer
La Supplente Va In Città Vittorio De Sisti
Lady Lucifera José Ramón Larraz
Hunted City Stelvio Massi
The Great Alligator River Sergio Martino
Ring Of Darkness Pier Carpi as Peter Karp
1980 Orgasmo Nero Joe D'Amato
The Rebel Stelvio Massi
The Iron Hand of the Mafia Roberto Girometti
Speed Driver Stelvio Massi
Nightmare City Umberto Lenzi
The Garden Of Eden Yasuzô Masumura
Desperate Moves Ovidio G. Assonitis a.k.a. The Rollerboy
1981 Blue Paradise Joe D'Amato as Anna Bergman
Last Harem Sergio Garrone as Willy S. Regan
Vultures Over The City Gianni Siragusa
Piranha II: The Spawning James Cameron & Ovidio G. Assonitis as Steve Powder
Pierino il fichissimo Alessandro Metz
1983 The House of the Yellow Carpet Carlo Lizzani
Un povero ricco Pasquale Festa Campanile a.k.a. Rich and Poor
1984 A Man Called Rage Tonino Ricci as Anthony Richmond
1987 Rage of Honor Gordon Hessler
Beaks: The Movie René Cardona Jr.
1988 Night of the Sharks Tonino Ricci
Don Bosco Leandro Castellani
1989 Bangkok ... Just Going Fabrizio Lori
1991 Voices from Beyond Lucio Fulci
If I Didn't Have Love Leandro Castellani
1993 The Anticrime Inspector Paolo Fondato
2001 Death, Deceit and Destiny Aboard the Orient Express Mark Roper


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