Armando Trovajoli

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Trovajoli in 1960
Trovajoli and Pier Angeli on their wedding day, London, 14 February 1962

Armando Trovajoli (also Trovaioli, 2 September 1917 – 28 February 2013)[1] was an Italian film composer and pianist with over 300 credits as composer and/or conductor, many of them jazz scores for exploitation films of the Commedia all'italiana genre.[2] He collaborated with Vittorio De Sica on a number of projects, including one segment of Boccaccio '70. Trovajoli was also the author of several Italian musicals: among them, Rugantino and Aggiungi un posto a tavola.[3]

Trovajoli was the husband of actress Pier Angeli. He died in Rome at the age of 95 on 28 February 2013.[4]


After graduating from the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome (1948), Trovajoli was entrusted by RAI with the direction of a pop music orchestra, set with 12 violins, 4 violas, 4 cellos, 1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet, 1 horn, harp, vibraphone, electric guitar, bass, drums and the piano (played by Trovajoli himself).[3] In 1952–53 he collaborated with Piero Piccioni in Eclipse, a weekly musical broadcast in which the orchestra is directed alternately by the two composers, in a style extremely refined and sophisticated, very different from the music of radio orchestras at that time.[3]

Movie scores[edit]

Together with Goffredo Petrassi, Trovajoli composed the score of Giuseppe De Santis' Bitter Rice (1949). In 1951, Trovajoli was invited by Dino De Laurentiis to write music for Anna, a film directed by Alberto Lattuada: particularly the song El Negro Zumbón became an international success: inspired by tropical rhythms, is sung in playback and danced by Silvana Mangano, but actually performed by Flo Sandon's.[3] Since then, Trovajoli wrote soundtracks for directors as Dino Risi, Vittorio De Sica, Ettore Scola and others, for a total of over 300 scores.[5]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "Addio al maestro Armando Trovajoli, è stato la musica e l'anima di Roma". La Repubblica. 2 March 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  2. ^ Spencer, Kristopher (2008). Film and television scores, 1950–1979: a critical survey by genre. McFarland & Company. p. 114. ISBN 978-0-7864-3682-8. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d Redazione Roma (2 March 2013). "Addio ad Armando Trovajoli Poeta e cantore di Roma". Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  4. ^ "E' morto Armando Trovajoli". Il Messaggero. 2 March 2013. Archived from the original on 5 March 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  5. ^ "È morto Armando Trovajoli. Aveva 95 anni l'autore di "Roma nun fà la stupida stasera"". Corriere della Sera. 2 March 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2013.

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