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Riz Ortolani

Riziero "Riz" Ortolani (Italian pronunciation: [ritˌtsjɛːro rits ortoˈlaːni]; 25 March 1926 – 23 January 2014) was an Italian film composer. Ortolani scored over two-hundred films working mostly within the Italian genres of Mondo, Giallo, and the Spaghetti Western. Ortolani also scored many Hollywood films and has had some of his compositions reused in films like Drive and Django Unchained. Ortolani's most famous composition is More, which he wrote for the infamous film Mondo Cane. It won the 1964 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Theme and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 36th Academy Awards . The song was later covered by Frank Sinatra, Kai Winding, Andy Williams, Roy Orbison, and others.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 25th, 1926 (Pesaro), Died January 23rd, 2014 (Rome)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1954 - 1963

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, performer, composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor (International) 2E5VB-0784 10" approximately 1954 I tre timidi Orchestra Riz Ortolani ; Katyna Ranieri Female vocal solo, with orchestra leader  
Decca 113831 7/22/1963 Donna twist Riz Ortolani performer  
Decca 113832 7/22/1963 Soldati e soldatesse Riz Ortolani performer  
Decca 113833 7/22/1963 Sirena e strada chiusa Riz Ortolani performer  
Decca 113834 7/22/1963 Baci a Parigi Riz Ortolani performer  
Decca 113835 7/22/1963 Night Las Vegas Riz Ortolani performer  
Decca 113836 7/22/1963 Rancho Hotel Riz Ortolani performer  
Decca 113837 7/22/1963 Pin up girls Riz Ortolani performer  
Decca 113838 7/22/1963 Jerum blues Riz Ortolani performer  
Decca 113839 7/22/1963 Angelica Riz Ortolani performer  
Decca 113840 7/22/1963 La Croisette (Theme from Women of the world) Riz Ortolani performer  
Decca 113841 7/22/1963 Finale Lourdes Riz Ortolani performer  
Decca 114027 9/18/1963 La Donna nel mondo Riz Ortolani performer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ortolani, Riz," accessed June 19, 2021,

Ortolani, Riz. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 19, 2021, from

"Ortolani, Riz." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 19 June 2021.

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