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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Angelo Francesco Lavagnino - L'Ultimo Paradiso (Das Letzte Paradies) album art Film Symphony Orchestra Italia Dir. By A. F. Lavagnino* Film Symphony Orchestra Italia Dir. By A. F. Lavagnino* - L'Ultimo Paradiso (Das Letzte Paradies) Polydor Germany 1957 Sell This Version
Angelo Francesco Lavagnino - The Lost Continent album art Francesco Lavagnino* The Lost Continent (Album) MGM Records US 1957 Sell This Version
Angelo Francesco Lavagnino - The Naked Maja (Music From The Motion Picture Sound Track) album art Angelo Francesco Lavagnino The Naked Maja (Music From The Motion Picture Sound Track) United Artists Records Spain 1959 Sell This Version
Angelo Francesco Lavagnino - Venere Imperiale album art Angelo Francesco Lavagnino, Carlo Savina Angelo Francesco Lavagnino, Carlo Savina - Venere Imperiale CAM Italy 1963 Sell This Version
Cms 30-079 Angelo Francesco Lavagnino - I Tabù album art A. Francesco Lavagnino* I Tabù(LP) CAM Cms 30-079 Italy 1963 Sell This Version
D 33/1 Angelo Francesco Lavagnino - Vaticano II album art Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Vaticano II(2xLP) Cinevox D 33/1 Italy 1963 Sell This Version
Angelo Francesco Lavagnino - Kali Yug, La Dea Della Vendetta (Original Soundtrack) album art Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Kali Yug, La Dea Della Vendetta (Original Soundtrack) (Album) CAM Italy 1964 Sell This Version
Angelo Francesco Lavagnino - 5000 Dollari Sull'Asso (Colonna Sonora Originale) album art A. F. Lavagnino* 5000 Dollari Sull'Asso (Colonna Sonora Originale) (Album) CAM Italy 1965 Sell This Version
Angelo Francesco Lavagnino - Saladino album art Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Saladino Campi-Editore Recording, Campi-Editore Recording Italy 1965 Sell This Version
Angelo Francesco Lavagnino - Chimes At Midnight (Falstaff)  album art A. Francesco Lavagnino* Chimes At Midnight (Falstaff) (Album) Fontana, Fontana UK 1966 Sell This Version
Angelo Francesco Lavagnino - America Paese Di Dio album art Angelo Francesco Lavagnino, Armando Trovaioli Angelo Francesco Lavagnino, Armando Trovaioli - America Paese Di Dio RCA Victor Italy 1967 Sell This Version
MDF 33/ 6 Angelo Francesco Lavagnino - Requiem Per Un Gringo album art Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Requiem Per Un Gringo(LP, Album) Cinevox MDF 33/ 6 Italy 1968 Sell This Version
MDF 33/12 Angelo Francesco Lavagnino - La Battaglioa Dell' Ultimo Panzer  album art F. A. Lavignino* La Battaglioa Dell' Ultimo Panzer (LP, Album) Cinevox MDF 33/12 Italy 1968 Sell This Version
MDF 33/18 Angelo Francesco Lavagnino - 7 Eroiche Carogne album art Angelo Francesco Lavagnino 7 Eroiche Carogne(LP) Cinevox Record MDF 33/18 Italy 1969 Sell This Version
Angelo Francesco Lavagnino - Angeli Senza Paradiso album art Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Angeli Senza Paradiso (Album) Cinevox Italy 1971 Sell This Version
CML 147 Angelo Francesco Lavagnino - Temi Romantici - OId Fashion album art Angelo Francesco Lavagnino, Armando Trovaioli, Carlo Rustichelli, Gianni Ferrio, Ivan Vandor, Carlo Savina, Mario Migliardi Angelo Francesco Lavagnino, Armando Trovaioli, Carlo Rustichelli, Gianni Ferrio, Ivan Vandor, Carlo Savina, Mario Migliardi - Temi Romantici - OId Fashion(LP, Promo) C.A.M. Recording, CAM CML 147 Italy 1977 Sell This Version
CMT 1018/34 Angelo Francesco Lavagnino - Jovanka E Le Altre (Original Soundtrack) album art Francesco Lavagnino* Jovanka E Le Altre (Original Soundtrack)(LP, Ltd, Num) Cometa Edizioni Musicali CMT 1018/34 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
Angelo Francesco Lavagnino - Gli Ultimi Giorni Di Pompei album art Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Gli Ultimi Giorni Di Pompei (Album) Phoenix (5) Italy 1984 Sell This Version
SRC 002 Angelo Francesco Lavagnino - La Sposa Bella album art Angelo Francesco Lavagnino La Sposa Bella(CD, Album, Num, S/Edition) CAM SRC 002 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
VSD 5420 Angelo Francesco Lavagnino - Orson Welles' Othello (The Original Motion Picture Score) album art Angelo Francesco Lavagnino, Alberto Barberis, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Lyric Opera Chorus Angelo Francesco Lavagnino, Alberto Barberis, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Lyric Opera Chorus - Orson Welles' Othello (The Original Motion Picture Score)(CD) Varèse Sarabande Records, Inc. VSD 5420 US 1993 Sell This Version
CSE 800-118 Angelo Francesco Lavagnino - La Maja Desnuda album art Angelo Francesco Lavagnino La Maja Desnuda(CD) CAM CSE 800-118 Italy 1997 Sell This Version
GDM 4111 Angelo Francesco Lavagnino - L'Uomo Dalla Pistola D'Oro (Original Soundtrack) album art Angelo F. Lavagnino* L'Uomo Dalla Pistola D'Oro (Original Soundtrack)(CD, Album, Ltd, RM) GDM GDM 4111 Italy 2007 Sell This Version
HCD-24 Angelo Francesco Lavagnino - Saffo Venere Di Lesbo (Original Soundtrack) album art Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Saffo Venere Di Lesbo (Original Soundtrack)(CD, Album, Ltd) Hexacord HCD-24 Italy 2007 Sell This Version
CD CLUB 7052 Angelo Francesco Lavagnino - Dark Purpose (L'Intrigo) (Colonna Sonora Originale - Edizione Speciale) album art 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
GDM 2090 Angelo Francesco Lavagnino - Agente 077 Missione Bloody Mary (Original Soundtrack) album art Angelo F. Lavagnino* / Ennio Morricone Angelo F. Lavagnino* / Ennio Morricone - Agente 077 Missione Bloody Mary (Original Soundtrack)(CD, Album, Ltd, RM) GDM GDM 2090 Italy 2008 Sell This Version