Angelo Francesco Lavagnino

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Italian composer, arranger, conductor and violinist.
Born: February 22nd, 1909 in Genoa, Italy.
Died: August 21st, 1987 in Gavi, Italy.

Angelo Francesco Lavagnino was born into a family with musicians on both sides in 1909, and, attracted to the sight and sounds of a live theater orchestra, he first discovered film music as a boy during the silent era. He later attended the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Music in Milan, where he studied composition under Renzo Bossi. He graduated in the early '30s and, in the years that followed, he composed several symphonies, a large body of chamber music, a small group of symphonic poems, and one opera. He was also a teacher at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena between the ages of 32-53. Lavagnino began composing music for films in the early '50s, and by the time he'd retired two decades later, had amassed credits for some 300 movies, including Orson Welles' Othello and Chimes at Midnight, the science fiction thriller Gorgo, the fantasy film Lost Continent, the adventure yarn Legend of the Lost, and costume epics such as The Last Days of Pompeii (1960). Lavagnino had a special gift for melody and a talent for orchestration that manifested themselves in the best of those scores, particularly Gorgo -- whose folk-based soundtrack is often referred to as the prettiest score ever to grace a dinosaur movie -- and Legend of the Lost. Lavagnino was very nearly the choice of Sergio Leone to score A Fistful of Dollars -- having composed the music for the director's The Last Days of Pompeii and The Colossus of Rhodes. Leone was favorably disposed toward him, but the insistence of Leone's distributor that he meet with Ennio Morricone led to the revelation that they had attended grammar school together, so the director gave the assignment to Morricone. Despite losing that job, Lavagnino remained one of the busiest screen composers in England, and continued working until the mid-'70s on films that included his share of spaghetti Westerns. He died August 21, 1987.
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E-3635 The Lost Continent — Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Francesco Lavagnino* The Lost Continent (Album) MGM Records E-3635 US 1957 Sell This Version
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46055 LPHM L'Ultimo Paradiso (Das Letzte Paradies) — Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Dir. Film Symphony Orchestra Italia Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Dir. Film Symphony Orchestra Italia - L'Ultimo Paradiso (Das Letzte Paradies) (Album) Polydor 46055 LPHM Germany 1957 Sell This Version
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UAS 5031 The Naked Maja (Music From The Motion Picture Sound Track) — Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Angelo Francesco Lavagnino The Naked Maja (Music From The Motion Picture Sound Track) United Artists Records UAS 5031 Spain 1959 Sell This Version
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LP. 281 La Maja Desnuda — Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Francesco Lavagnino* La Maja Desnuda(10") Fonit LP. 281 Italy 1959 Sell This Version
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D 33/1 Vaticano II — Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Francesco A. Lavagnino* Vaticano II Cinevox Record D 33/1 Italy 1963 Sell This Version
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Cms 30-052 Venere Imperiale — Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Angelo Francesco Lavagnino, Carlo Savina Angelo Francesco Lavagnino, Carlo Savina - Venere Imperiale (Album) CAM Cms 30-052 Italy 1963 Sell This Version
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Cms. 30-079, C ms. 30-079 I Tabù (Dalla Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film) — Angelo Francesco Lavagnino A. Francesco Lavagnino* I Tabù (Dalla Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film)(LP, Album) CAM, CAM Cms. 30-079, C ms. 30-079 Italy 1963 Sell This Version
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none Kali Yug, La Dea Della Vendetta (Original Soundtrack) — Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Kali Yug, La Dea Della Vendetta (Original Soundtrack) (Album) CAM none Italy 1964 Sell This Version
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Cms. 30-129 5000 Dollari Sull'Asso (Colonna Sonora Originale) — Angelo Francesco Lavagnino A. F. Lavagnino* 5000 Dollari Sull'Asso (Colonna Sonora Originale) (Album) CAM Cms. 30-129 Italy 1965 Sell This Version
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CLP 100-007, CLP. 100-007 Saladino — Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Saladino (Album) Campi-Editore Recording, Campi-Editore Recording CLP 100-007, CLP. 100-007 Italy 1965 Sell This Version
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TL 5417, TL.5417 Chimes At Midnight (Falstaff)  — Angelo Francesco Lavagnino A. Francesco Lavagnino* Chimes At Midnight (Falstaff) (Album) Fontana, Fontana TL 5417, TL.5417 UK 1966 Sell This Version
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LPM 10172 America Paese Di Dio — Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Angelo Francesco Lavagnino, Armando Trovaioli Angelo Francesco Lavagnino, Armando Trovaioli - America Paese Di Dio RCA Victor LPM 10172 Italy 1967 Sell This Version
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MDF 33/6 Requiem Per Un Gringo — Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Requiem Per Un Gringo(LP, Album) Cinevox Record MDF 33/6 Italy 1968 Sell This Version
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MDF 33/12 La Battaglia Dell'Ultimo Panzer  — Angelo Francesco Lavagnino F. A. Lavagnino* La Battaglia Dell'Ultimo Panzer (LP, Album) Cinevox Record MDF 33/12 Italy 1968 Sell This Version
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6052 Untitled — Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Cyril Watters / Luigi Zito / A. F. Lavagnino* Cyril Watters / Luigi Zito / A. F. Lavagnino* - Untitled(LP) Major Records (7) 6052 US 1969 Sell This Version
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MDF 33/18 7 Eroiche Carogne (Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film) — Angelo Francesco Lavagnino F. A. Lavagnino* 7 Eroiche Carogne (Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film)(LP, Album) Cinevox Record MDF 33/18 Italy 1969 Sell This Version
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MDF 33/37 Angeli Senza Paradiso (Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film) — Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Angeli Senza Paradiso (Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film) (Album) Cinevox Record MDF 33/37 Italy 1971 Sell This Version
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SON1011 Drammatici — Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Gianni Ferrio, Angelo Francesco Lavagnino, Giorgio Gaslini, Enrico Simonetti, Teo Usuelli Gianni Ferrio, Angelo Francesco Lavagnino, Giorgio Gaslini, Enrico Simonetti, Teo Usuelli - Drammatici(LP, Mono) Cinevox Record SON1011 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
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CMT 1018/34 Jovanka E Le Altre (Original Soundtrack) — Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Francesco Lavagnino* Jovanka E Le Altre (Original Soundtrack)(LP, Ltd, Num) Cometa Edizioni Musicali CMT 1018/34 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
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PHCAM 03 Gli Ultimi Giorni Di Pompei — Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Gli Ultimi Giorni Di Pompei (Album) Phoenix (5) PHCAM 03 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
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SRC 002 La Sposa Bella — Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Angelo Francesco Lavagnino La Sposa Bella(CD, Album, Num, S/Edition) CAM SRC 002 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
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VSD 5420 Orson Welles' Othello (The Original Motion Picture Score) — Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Angelo Francesco Lavagnino, Alberto Barberis - Members Of The Chicago Symphony Orchestra*, Members Of Chicago Lyric Opera Chorus* Angelo Francesco Lavagnino, Alberto Barberis - Members Of The Chicago Symphony Orchestra*, Members Of Chicago Lyric Opera Chorus* - Orson Welles' Othello (The Original Motion Picture Score)(CD, Album) Varèse Sarabande Records, Inc. VSD 5420 US 1993 Sell This Version
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GDM 4111 L'Uomo Dalla Pistola D'Oro (Original Soundtrack) — Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Angelo F. Lavagnino* L'Uomo Dalla Pistola D'Oro (Original Soundtrack)(CD, Album, Ltd, RM) GDM GDM 4111 Italy 2007 Sell This Version
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HCD-24 Saffo Venere Di Lesbo (Original Soundtrack) — Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Saffo Venere Di Lesbo (Original Soundtrack)(CD, Album, Ltd) Hexacord HCD-24 Italy 2007 Sell This Version
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CD CLUB 7052 Dark Purpose (L'Intrigo) (Colonna Sonora Originale - Edizione Speciale) — Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Angelo F. Lavagnino* Dark Purpose (L'Intrigo) (Colonna Sonora Originale - Edizione Speciale)(CD, Album, Ltd, RM) GDM CD CLUB 7052 Italy 2008 Sell This Version