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,[1] that enabled him to meet Dave Brubeck. Upon return to Italy he accompanied Rita Pavone on piano.[2]

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.

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

In a 2007 interview, Cipriani said that he had composed music for Pope John Paul II and was currently working with Pope Benedict XVI.[1]

One of Cipriani's most famous scores is from "La Polizia Sta a Guardare". The main theme was recycled by Cipriani for the score for 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.

Selective Filmography[edit]

Year Film Directed by Notes
1966 The Bounty Killer Eugenio Martín
1967 The Stranger Returns Luigi Vanzi aka: A Man, a Horse, a Gun
1969 The Thirteen Chairs Nicolas Gessner
1970 Rough Justice Mario Costa
The Anonymous Venetian Enrico Maria Salerno
The Lickerish Quartet Radley Metzger
1971 Blindman Ferdinando Baldi
Twitch of the Death Nerve Mario Bava
Night Hair Child James Kelley & Andrea Bianchi
1972 Baron Blood Mario Bava
1973 Le mataf Serge Leroy
The Bloody Hands of the Law Mario Gariazzo
1974 The Balloon Vendor Mario Gariazzo
1976 Colt 38 Special Squad Massimo Dallamano
1977 Tentacles Oliver Hellman as "S.W. Cipriani"
1979 Concorde Affaire '79 Ruggero Deodato
1980 Nightmare City Umberto Lenzi
1981 Piranha II: The Spawning James Cameron & Ovidio G. Assonitis as "Steve Powder"
2001 Death, Deceit and Destiny Aboard the Orient Express Mark Roper


  1. ^ a b Movie Music Italiano | The Home Of Italian Movie Music
  2. ^ Stelvio Cipriani - Biography

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