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.
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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||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 September 29, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/335753.
Ortolani, Riz. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 29, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/335753.
"Ortolani, Riz." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 29 September 2023.
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