Multi-award winning Maestro Riziero "Riz" Ortolani was born on the 4 September 1931 in Pesaro, Italy and one of the most prolific composers not only in Italy but worldwide. His first score was for the 1962 Paolo Cavara and Gualtiero Jacopetti pseudo-documentary Mondo Cane, whose main title-song More earned him a Grammy and also was nominated for an Oscar as Best Song.
The success of the soundtrack of Mondo Cane led Ortolani to score films in England and the United States such as The 7th Dawn (1964), The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1964), The Glory Guys (1965) and The Spy with a Cold Nose (1966). Another world famous track was his main-title for the movie O Cangaceiro (1970).
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Ortolani scored over 200 films, including German westerns like Apache's Last Battle (Old Shatterhand, 1964) and a long series of Italian giallo, spaghetti westerns, Eurospy, exploitation and mondo films.Other films Ortolani has scored include Il Sorpasso (1962), Io ho paura (1977), Castle of Blood (1964), Anzio (1968), The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom (1968), Sette Orchidee Macchiate Di Rosso (1972), Africa Addio (1966), Addio Zio Tom (1971), House on the Edge of the Park (1980), Cannibal Holocaust (1980) and first series of famous La Piovra (1984).
Maestro Ortolani has also scores for the stage and was active in both the stage and scoring for film until the very last. He passed away at the age of 87 on January 23rd 2014.