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 Posted:   Jan 23, 2014 - 12:05 PM   
 By:   TownerFan   (Member)

A few days after Claudio Abbado's passing, it's another sad day for Italian music (and for music lovers in general).

Riz Ortolani passed away today. He was 87. He wrote scores for more than 100 films, including some great classics like Dino Risi's Il sorpasso and Franco Zeffirelli's Fratello sole, sorella luna. In 1964 he won the Grammy Award for the song "More", written for the film Mondo cane. The song was also nominated for an Academy Award the same year.

Here's the news from local Italian newspapers:

RIP Maestro Ortolani.

 Posted:   Jan 23, 2014 - 12:07 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

OMG... very sad news. He still seemed very well in Ghent last year, very friendly and great attitude... I had not expected this at all.

 Posted:   Jan 23, 2014 - 12:10 PM   
 By:   Dorian   (Member)

That's a terrible loss, Ortolani was a great composer. Many of his scores are still awaiting a proper CD release.


 Posted:   Jan 23, 2014 - 12:21 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Sorry to hear this news .Fine composer, a fine film composer and a great melodic composer as well.R.I.P

 Posted:   Jan 23, 2014 - 12:21 PM   
 By:   Zambra Alex   (Member)

Now this is a major loss.
Addio !

 Posted:   Jan 23, 2014 - 12:22 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Sooooooooooo sad. Just one: the haunting "Mondo Cane."

 Posted:   Jan 23, 2014 - 12:39 PM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)


 Posted:   Jan 23, 2014 - 12:57 PM   
 By:   nep215   (Member)

Wow, terrible news. RIP Riz Ortolani... the creator of many-o-fine scores!

 Posted:   Jan 23, 2014 - 12:57 PM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

Damn this news to hell frown

 Posted:   Jan 23, 2014 - 3:16 PM   
 By:   JohnnyG   (Member)

"Let's forget about tomorrow for tomorrow never comes..."

Rest In Peace, Riz O.

 Posted:   Jan 23, 2014 - 3:39 PM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

Grim news.

 Posted:   Jan 23, 2014 - 4:11 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

"Who can say why the tears must fall . . . "

 Posted:   Jan 23, 2014 - 5:41 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Of course about five hours after this was posted on the death of the great Riz Ortolani, dan the man just HAD to start his own thread on Ortolani. Anyone surprised?

And then, a couple of minutes after I posted the above, dan started a THIRD discussion on Riz Ortolani! Enough already!!! He's obviously trying to break his own record for the most posting on a single subject!

 Posted:   Jan 23, 2014 - 7:25 PM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

Way back in the vinyl days, United Artists, my favorite record label, misspelled Ortolani's first name on their first pressing of Mondo Cane as Ritz, and to this day I always think "Ritz".

Ciao, professore.

 Posted:   Jan 23, 2014 - 7:42 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

Very sad news. If Cannibal Holocaust were the only score he ever composed, he'd still be one of my favorite composers. RIP, Maestro.

 Posted:   Jan 23, 2014 - 8:06 PM   
 By:   jonnyquest   (Member)

Rest In Peace, Mr. Ortolani.

 Posted:   Jan 23, 2014 - 8:21 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

Benny Goodman on the clarinet. Lovely!

 Posted:   Jan 23, 2014 - 9:06 PM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

If he'd only ever done these two, he'd deserve to be remembered.

 Posted:   Jan 24, 2014 - 3:35 AM   
 By:   Loren   (Member)

Unforgettable Ortolani!

Tarantino learned his lesson too.

 Posted:   Jan 24, 2014 - 10:38 AM   
 By:   Jim Doherty   (Member)

R.I.P., Mr. Ortolani.

I must admit, I only had a few of his LPs back in the day (YELLOW ROLLS ROYCE, 7th DAWN, MONDO CANE), but I really liked them. I'll have to delve a little further into his music, based on the samples others have posted here.

Anyone know if the 7th DAWN tracks exist. I know FSM reissued the LP, but I'd love to get the complete score. (I was always puzzled by the odd decision on the LP to replace the final, triumphant chord of the end credits with a discordant blast from elsewhere in the score.)

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