Stelvio Cipriani (born 20 August 1937 in Rome), is an Italian composer.
Though not coming from a musical background, as a child Cipriani was fascinated by his church’s organ. His priest gave him his first music lessons and encouraged Cipriani and his family. Cipriani passed his examinations and studied at Santa Cecilia Conservatory from the age of 14, then played on cruise ship bands, that enabled him to meet Dave Brubeck. Upon return to Italy he accompanied Rita Pavone on piano.
His first soundtrack was the 1996 Spanish-Italian spaghetti western “El precio de un hombre” film directed by Eugenio Martin ( internationally released as “The Bounty Killer” ), followed by the well known A man, a Horse, a Gun / The Stranger Returns / Shoot First Laugh Last (1967), starring Tony Anthony.
Cipriani became prolific in the Italian film world and was awarded with Nastro d’Argento for the soundtrack of “Anonimo Veneziano”
One of Cipriani’s most famous italian soundtrack is the one for La Polizia Sta a Guardare.
He wrote the musics for the similarly Jaws-inspired films The Great Alligator ( italian adventure film directed by Sergio Martino – 1979 ) and The Spawning ( the feature film directorial debut of James Cameron) around the same time. He later recycled many of the cues from Tentacles in his later score for Concorde Affaire ’79, an italian action thriller directed by Ruggero Deodato .
He was brought to the public’s attention again in 2007 when it was featured in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof, with the main theme of La polizia sta a guardare .
In a 2007 interview, Cipriani said that he had composed music for Pope John Paul II and was currently working with Pope Benedict XVI .