Angelo Francesco Lavagnino

Born to a musical family in Genoa, Italy on February 22, 1909, Angelo Francesco Lavagnino's love of film music began when he heard a live percussion orchestra playing during the showing of a silent movie.  He studied composition under Renzo Bossi at Milan's Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Music, and his concert works include symphonies, an opera, symphonic poems, and much solo and chamber music.  From 1941 until 1963 he taught at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, and he started scoring films in the early 1950s.  Angelo Francesco Lavagnino

By the time he retired from film composing in the mid-1970s, he had scored approximately 300 films, among them:  Chimes At Midnight, The Colossus Of Rhodes, Conspiracy Of Hearts, Five Branded Women, Gorgo, The Last Days Of Pompeii, Legend Of The Lost, The Lost Continent, The Naked Maja, Othello, Soledad, La Sposa Bella, L'Ultimo Paradiso, Venere Imperiale, The Wind Cannot Read, and many documentaries, spaghetti westerns, and sword-and-sandal pictures.

Lavagnino had a wide range of interests outside of music.  He wrote a novel about pirates, he collected antiques, books, and Vatican medals, he enjoyed traveling, was a skilled photographer, and he spent much time with his family.  This most important Italian film composer died on August 21, 1987.

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