Stelvio Cipriani is an Italian composer born in Rome in 1937 who studied piano and harmony at Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome. He began his career in 1957 when he started playing light music for important singers such as Rita Pavone and then studying jazz with Dave Brubeck in the U.S. Cipriani went on to score many films in different genres including Giallo, Horror, Spaghetti Westerns and Crime Thrillers. His first soundtrack was for the spaghetti western El Precio de un Hombre (The Bounty Killer) in 1966. His output is huge in totalling over 200 scores and is still very active today. So in tribute to this great composer we have selected 5 of his tracks from a variety of different films for you to Enjoy!.
1. A Bay of Blood (1971). Music by Stelvio Cipriani. A film by Mario Bava.
A total of 4 tracks here from another genre defining classic film by the great Mario Bava. Not quite as upbeat as most of Cipriani’s other soundtracks but extremely atmospheric and is a masterclass in horror film making.
2. Femina Ridens (1969). Music by Stelvio Cipriani and film directed by Piero Schivazappa.
The title track from this superb 1969 thriller is a beautiful slice of 60’s Italian Sexploitation about a wealthy voyeuristic sadist who gets pleasure out of drugging women and locking them in a cave under his mansion.
3. The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire (1971). Music by Stelvio Cipriani and film directed by Riccardo Freda.
This fairly obscure giallo set in Dublin has plenty of sex, violence and some unintentionally hilarious moments to satisfy any euro-trash enthusiast. And with a fantastic score by Cipriani and occasional vocals by Nora Orlandi are a pleasant compensation.
4. Killer Cop aka Portrait of a 60% Man (1975). Music by Stelvio Cipriani and film directed by Luciano Ercoli.
La polizia ha le mani legate is a tough Italian poliziotteschi-crime action thriller and based on the real events of a bombing in milan in 1969.
5. Concorde Affaire ’79 (1979). Music by Stelvio Cipriani and film directed by Ruggero Deodato.
This Action/Drama film by notorious Cannibal Holocaust directer Deodato is a more funkier addition to Cipriani’s long list of soundtrack scores, bringing together many diverse styles that the maestro perfected at his prime. A lovely mix of Disco Funk, Smooth Jazz and ominous atmospheric industrial synthscapes is blended into a beautiful soundtrack to lounge out to.
We hope you enjoyed this selection of soundtracks?, and don’t forget to tune in at a later date for more Cipriani inspired bundles of joy to chill out to, whoop whoop!! x.