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Piero Piccioni

Composer

 

Biography

Piero Piccioni (December 6, 1921 – July 23, 2004), was an Italian lawyer turned major film score composer. A pianist, organist, conductor, composer, he was also the prolific author of more than 200 film soundtracks.

Piero Piccioni was born in Turin, Piedmont. His mother’s maiden name was Marengo, hence his pseudonym Piero Morgan, which he adopted until 1957.

When he was growing up, his father Attilio Piccioni (a prominent member of the Christian Democratic Party with the post-war Italian government), would frequently take him to hear concerts at the E.I.A.R. Radio Studios in Florence. Having listened to jazz throughout his childhood (he dearly loved Art Tatum and Charlie Parker) and without attending studies at the Conservatoire Academy of Music, Piero Piccioni became an extremely talented self-taught musician.

Piccioni made his radio debut at 17 with his 013 Big Band in 1938, but only returned on air after the liberation of Italy in 1944. His 013 was the first… read more

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Eric Penna

28Oct09

This man is for sure one of the grooviest film composers yet. I can't believe I'm the only fan here! Let's wake it on up people!