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Riz Ortolani

Riziero Ortolani (Italian pronunciation: [ritˈtsjɛːro ˈritts ortoˈlaːni]; 25 March 1926 – 23 January 2014) was an Italian composer, conductor, and orchestrator, predominantly of film scores. He scored over 200 films and television programs between 1955 and 2014, with a career spanning over fifty years.

Internationally, he is best known for his genre scores, notably his music for mondo, giallo, horror, and Spaghetti Western films. His 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.

Ortolani received many other accolades, including four David di Donatello Awards, three Nastro d'Argento Awards, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. In 2013, he received a Lifetime Achievement from the World Soundtrack Academy.

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

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1954 - 1963

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, performer, composer

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
RCA (International) 2E5VB-0784 10-in. approximately 1954 I tre timidi Orchestra Riz Ortolani ; Katyna Ranieri Female vocal solo, with orchestra leader  
RCA (International) 2E5VB-1108 10-in. before 8/16/1955 Devi fuggir Corrado Lojacono ; Orchestra Riz Ortolani Male 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 December 5, 2023,

Ortolani, Riz. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 5, 2023, from

"Ortolani, Riz." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 5 December 2023.

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