Stelvio Cipriani

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

Stelvio Cipriani
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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 raised with a strong musical upbringing, as a child Cipriani was fascinated by his church's organ. His priest gave Cipriani his first music lessons and encouraged the boy and his family. Cipriani attended the Santa Cecilia Conservatory starting at the age of 14. Around this time, he played in cruise ship bands,[3] enabling him to meet Dave Brubeck. Upon returning to Italy, he began working as piano accompaniment for Rita Pavone.[4]

Cipriani's first soundtrack was for the spaghetti western The Bounty Killer (1966). This was followed by his more widely known score for The Stranger Returns (a 1967 film, also known by the alternate titles A Man, a Horse, a Gun and Shoot First, Laugh Last, starring Tony Anthony). Cipriani would go on to compose other spaghetti western scores and also began composing poliziottesco soundtracks.

Cipriani became prolific in the Italian film world, eventually garnering a Nastro d'Argento for Best Score award for The Anonymous Venetian (1970). Furthermore, one of Cipriani's most famous scores would come about in 1973, the soundtrack for La polizia sta a guardare (The Great Kidnapping). The main theme was recycled by Cipriani in 1977 for the score to Tentacoli. This track was brought to the public's attention again in 2007 when it was featured in Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof. Some of the themes from La polizia sta a guardare were also used by Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani in the soundtrack for their first feature Amer.

In a 2007 interview, Cipriani said that he had composed music for Pope John Paul II and was working with Pope Benedict XVI.[3]

In 2014 he released his original composition "Anonimo Veneziano" ("To Be the One You Love") with the voice of International Recording Artist Veronica Vitale.

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

Selected filmographyEdit

Year Film Directed by Notes Latest CD / Digital Release
1966 The Bounty Killer Eugenio Martín a.k.a. The Ugly Ones GDM / GDM 4155 / 2012
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 Digitmovies / CDDM203 / 2012
Agguato Sul Bosforo Luigi Batzella as Paull' Hamus
The Laughing Woman Piero Schivazappa also "Femina Ridens" Digitmovies / CDDM103 / 2008
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 Digitmovies / CDDM221 / 2012
Rough Justice Mario Costa a.k.a. The Beast
The Anonymous Venetian Enrico Maria Salerno Digitmovies / DPDM013 / 2013
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 Digitmovies / CDDM246 / 2013
Human Cobras Bitto Albertini Digitmovies / CDDM224 / 2012
I Due Della F.1 Alla Corsa Più Pazza, Pazza Del Mondo Osvaldo Civirani
The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire Riccardo Freda Digitmovies / CDDM069 / 2006
Twitch of the Death Nerve Mario Bava a.k.a. A Bay Of Blood
Blindman Ferdinando Baldi Digitmovies / CDDM044 / 2005
Death Walks on High Heels Luciano Ercoli Digitmovies / CDDM056 / 2006
The Devil Has Seven Faces Osvaldo Civirani
Deviation José Ramón Larraz
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 GDM / CD CLUB 7114 / 2012
Timanfaya (Amor Prohibido) José Antonio de la Loma Quartet Records / MS019 / 2013
Return of Hallelujah Giuliano Carnimeo as Anthony Ascott
The Killer Is on the Phone Alberto De Martino Digitmovies / CDDM212 / 2012
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
The Night Of The Last Day Adimaro Sala a.k.a. La Notte Dell'Ultimo Giorno
1974 The Student Connection Rafael Romero Marchent
Emergency Squad Stelvio Massi
The Sons Of White Fang Maurizio Pradeaux GDM / CD CLUB 7120 / 2012
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 Digitmovies / SPDM007 / 2012
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 Cinevox / CDOSTPK018 / 2016
The Great Adventure Gianfranco Baldanello
The Angels With Bound Hands Oscar Brazzi
Second Spring Ulli Lommel
Due Cuori, Una Cappella Maurizio Lucidi Quartet Records / QRMM009 / 2012
Frankenstein - Italian Style Armando Crispino
1976 I 4 Del Clan Dal Cuore Di Pietra Rafael Romero Marchent
Where's Anna? Piero Schivazappa Digitmovies / SPDM014 / 2018
Blondy Sergio Gobbi a.k.a. Vortex Quartet Records / MS020 / 2013
Colt 38 Special Squad Massimo Dallamano
Take All of Me Luigi Cozzi Quartet Records / QRSCE017 / 2010
The Mistress Is Served Mario Lanfranchi Beat Records Company / DDJ005 / 2011
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" Digitmovies / CDDM199 / 2011
Stunt Squad Domenico Paolella
Highway Racer Stelvio Massi
Suor Emanuelle Giuseppe Vari
The Marble Faun Silverio Blasi Digitmovies / SPDM006 / 2012
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 Beat Records / DDJ032 / 2014
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 Chris' Soundtrack Corner / CSC 010 / 2011
The Bloodstained Shadow Antonio Bido Digitmovies / CDDM099 / 2007
Child Of The Night Sergio Gobbi a.k.a. Enfantasme Beat Records / DDJ013 / 2011
Papaya, Love Goddess of the Cannibals Joe D'Amato Chris' Soundtrack Corner / CSC 006 / 2010
Convoy Busters Stelvio Massi
Target Guido Zurli
Secret Day Raimondo Del Balzo
1979 The Concorde Affair Ruggero Deodato a.k.a. Concorde Affaire '79 Chris' Soundtrack Corner / CSC 012 / 2014
Tough to Kill Joe d'Amato
Encounters in the Deep Tonino Ricci as Anthony Richmond
Midnight Blue [it] Raimondo Del Balzo
Lust Raniero di Giovanbattista as Jonas Rainer
La Supplente Va In Città Vittorio De Sisti Beat Records / DDJ027 / 2013
Lady Lucifera José Ramón Larraz
Hunted City Stelvio Massi
The Great Alligator River Sergio Martino
Ring Of Darkness Pier Carpi as Peter Karp Digitmovies / CDDM052 / 2006
1980 Orgasmo Nero Joe D'Amato
The Rebel Stelvio Massi Digitmovies / CDDM228 / 2012
The Iron Hand of the Mafia Roberto Girometti
Speed Driver Stelvio Massi Beat Records / DDJ018 / 2012
Nightmare City Umberto Lenzi Digitmovies / CDDM231 / 2013
The Garden Of Eden Yasuzô Masumura Quartet Records / QRMM003 / 2011
Desperate Moves Ovidio G. Assonitis a.k.a. The Rollerboy Beat Records / DDJ020 / 2012
1981 Blue Paradise Joe D'Amato as Anna Bergman Beat Records / DDJ022 / 2012
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 Digitmovies / CDDM005 / 2003
Pierino il fichissimo Alessandro Metz Beat Records / DDJ019 / 2012
1983 The House of the Yellow Carpet Carlo Lizzani
Un povero ricco Pasquale Festa Campanile a.k.a. Rich and Poor Digitmovies / CDDM217 / 2012
1984 A Man Called Rage Tonino Ricci as Anthony Richmond Digitmovies / CDDM285 / 2018
1987 Rage of Honor Gordon Hessler
Beaks: The Movie René Cardona Jr.
1988 Night of the Sharks Tonino Ricci Digitmovies / CDDM189 / 2011
Don Bosco Leandro Castellani Verita Note / VQCD-10203 / 2010
1989 Bangkok ... Just Going Fabrizio Lori
1991 Voices from Beyond Lucio Fulci
If I Didn't Have Love Leandro Castellani Verita Note / VQCD-10184 / 2010
1993 The Anticrime Inspector Paolo Fondato
2001 Death, Deceit and Destiny Aboard the Orient Express Mark Roper


  1. ^ "Morto Stelvio Cipriani, il compositore di "Anonimo Veneziano"" (in Italian). Il Messaggero. 1 October 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  2. ^ The New York Times
  3. ^ a b Movie Music Italiano | The Home Of Italian Movie Music Archived 2011-05-23 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Stelvio Cipriani - Biography

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