Published Oct 01, 2018Italian soundtrack maestro Stelvio Cipriani has sadly passed away. He was 81 years old, and had been suffering from ischaemia since late 2017.
Cipriani studied at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory from the age of 14. He spent his early career playing on cruise ships, where he eventually crossed paths with Dave Brubeck.
Still, it was Cipriani's work in film scores that led to his infamy. He started by soundtracking the spaghetti western The Bounty Killer, later working on The Stranger Returns.
Cipriani's most famous work was The Great Kidnapping, music from which he reused in the 1977 film Tentacoli. That same music was used once more in Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof.
Some of his more obscure work received appreciation later on. Working alongside Goblin, his music for Bloodstained Shadow was reissued by Death Waltz in 2016. His soundtrack to the sexploitation flick Papaya, Love Goddess of the Cannibals was similarly reissued by One Way Static in 2015.