Carlo Savina

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Carlo Savina
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Carlo Savina playing guitar (1954)
Born(1919-08-02)2 August 1919
Died23 June 2002(2002-06-23) (aged 82)
Other namesHerbert Buckman, Charles Hanger, James Munshin
Occupation Composer
Known for Amarcord , The Godfather , The Bear

Carlo Savina (2 August 1919 - 23 June 2002) was an Italian composer and conductor who composed, arranged, and conducted music for films-and is especially remembered for being the music director of films such as The Godfather (1972), Amarcord (1973), and The Bear (1988).

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Savina worked with many of the notable film score composers of the 20th century including: Ennio Morricone, Armando Trovajoli, Nino Rota, Mario Nascimbene, Stanley Myers, Stephen Sondheim, Philippe Sarde, and Miklos Rozsa. [1] His work ranged from composing music for frequent spaghetti westerns [2] such as Johnny Oro to being the musical director and conductor in Federico Fellini's Orchestra Rehearsal . [3]

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Carlo Savina came from a musical family—his father was the first clarinet for the orchestra of Italian public radio broadcaster EIAR. Carlo learned the violin as a child and went on to graduate from the Conservatory of Music Giuseppe Verdi in Turin where he studied piano, violin, composition, and conducting. [4] In 1945 he began composing music for radio. Early in his career he was awarded a prize by the Accademia Musicale Chigiana. He started his own orchestra and soon was famous. In 1950 he began composing and arranging music for film. For the next thirty years he composed, arranged, and conducted music for over 200 films and became one of the most prolific, [5] and perhaps underrated, screen and television composers of the 20th century.

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Selected filmography

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  4. Musiker, Reuben; Musiker, Naomi (1998). Ades, David, ed. Conductors and Composers of Popular Orchestral Music: A Biographical and Discographical Sourcebook. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 240. ISBN   9780313302602.
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