Thursday, January 23, 2014

Riz Ortolani - March 25th, 1926 - January 23rd, 2014


I've just learned that legendary Italian composer Riz Ortolani, who composed music for hundreds of films since his start back in the early 1950s, has passed at the age of 82. I've seen a couple sites mention his age as 87, others as 82, terribly sorry if I've posted the incorrect age.

He was always a favorite of mine, and I consider his theme from Cannibal Holocaust (and the track "Crucified Woman" from the same film) to be some of the most beautiful horror film music ever recorded. Rest in Peace, Riz, you will be missed.

From DailyGrindhouse:

"Various Italian news sources are claiming that Riz Ortolani, musician and composer of the scores for a huge number of films, including eurotrash classics including CASTLE OF BLOOD, THE HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, DAY OF ANGER and MONDO CANE, has died at the age of 82. He was nominated for an Academy Award twice, once for “More,” the memorable track from MONDO CANE.  His music can be heard more recently in the scores of such films as DJANGO UNCHAINED and DRIVE, showing his influence on a new generation of filmmakers."

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