Armando Trovajoli

Armando Trovajoli
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Armando Trovajoli (also Trovaioli, 2 September 1917 – 28 February 2013), was an Italian film composer and pianist with over 300 credits as composer and/or conductor, many of them jazz scores for exploitation films of the Commedia all’italiana genre.

He collaborated with Vittorio De Sica on a number of projects, including one segment of Boccaccio ’70. Trovajoli was also the author of several Italian musicals: among them, Rugantino andAggiungi un posto a tavola.

Trovajoli was the widower of actress Pier Angeli. He died in Rome at the age of 95 on 28 February 2013.

Radio

After graduating from the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome (1948), Trovajoli was entrusted by RAI with the direction of a pop music orchestra, set with 12 violins, 4 violas, 4 cellos, 1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet, 1 horn, harp, vibraphone, electric guitar, bass, drums and the piano (played by Trovajoli himself). In 1952–53 he collaborated with Piero Piccioni in Eclipse, a weekly musical broadcast in which the orchestra is directed alternately by the two composers, in a style extremely refined and sophisticated, very different from the music of radio orchestras at that time.

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