Prolific Italian film score composer and jazz pianist Armando Trovajoli has died in Rome, his widow Mariapaola announced yesterday. Trovajoli’s date of death has not been confirmed but news reports varied between February 28 and March 2. He was 95. Early in his career Trovajoli played with jazz luminaries like Duke Ellington and Miles Davis, but it was his through his more than 300 film scores that the composer made his deepest mark on Italian culture. His works ranged from jazzy soundtracks for numerous Commedia all’italiana films, to the score for the 1960 Sophia Loren classic Two Women, and several collaborations with neorealist director Vittorio De Sica. He also scored Giuseppe De Santis’s 1949 film Bitter Rice, but he might be best known outside Italy for composing the popular song “Roma nun fa’ la stupida stasera” (usually translated as ‘Rome, Don’t Be Stupid Tonight’), recorded in 1962 by pop singer Mina and ever since regarded as one of Rome’s unofficial theme songs. About Trovajoli’s passing, Roman Mayor Gianni Alemanno said “the voice of Rome has been extinguished.”
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