The Spooky Sounds of Italian Cinema

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Last week Movies on the Radio brought you an hour of Italian film music, displaying the characteristically extravagant imagination heard in various styles of film, from dramas to comedies to Spaghetti Westerns.

Now, as Halloween approaches, David Garland presents some exquisitely spooky music culled from many Italian mystery and horror movie scores--further proof that Italian composers have a knack for wild, colorful soundtracks. Featured composers include Ennio Morricone, Claudio Gizzi, Stelvio Cipriani, Pino Donaggio, Goblin, Bruno Nicolai, Berto Pisano, and others.

Comments [5]

dada from Flatiron

Great compilation! Would love it if you included a time marker next to the tracks when each piece begins...

Oct. 21 2013 02:44 PM
David Garland from WQXR Studio

@LES, the audio player works for me; it continues beyond 00:48 without a glitch, and runs through to the end. Maybe a problem has been fixed? Try again and let us know how it goes.

@Keith, I'm not sure I understand your question. I gathered together the music in this show from a lot of CDs. The playlist (see previous comment) lists the various soundtracks. That list could help identify which recording is of particular interest to you. Possible resources for these CDs: or


Oct. 21 2013 08:44 AM
LES from WDC

The audio link cuts out at 00.48. Tried it three times.

Oct. 20 2013 08:56 PM
Keith from New York, NY, USA

Hi how can I get this CD, what is the name of this CD
where can get it

Oct. 19 2013 10:17 PM
David Garland

Here's the playlist, showing Composer - Film Title(s) - piece:

Ennio Morricone - The Bird With The Crystal Plumage (1970) - Svolta drammatica (#2)

Berto Pisano - La Morete Ha Sorriso All'Assassino (Death Smiles on a Murderer) (1972) - Visita A Greta - Klaus Kinski Horror Trilogy

Stefano Liberati and Elio Maestosi - La Mano Che Nutre La Morte (Hand That Feeds the Dead) (1974) - La Bambola Di Vetro - Klaus Kinski Horror Trilogy

Piero Piccioni - Il Monaco suite (1972) - The Horror Films Collection: Classic Italian Soundtracks

Franco Bixio, Fabio Frizzi, Vince Tempera - Seven Notes in Black (The Psychic) (1979) - 7 Note (Film Version)

Alessandro Alessandroni - La Terrificante Notte Del Demonio (1971) - Caressing

Roberto Nicolosi - I Tre Volti Della Paura (Black Sabbath) (1963) - Il Telefono

Roberto Nicolosi - I Tre Volti Della Paura (Black Sabbath) (1963) - Inizia La Strage

Roberto Nicolosi - La Maschera Del Demonio (1960) - Macabra Sepoltura E Apparizone Di Katia

Goblin - Suspiria (1977) - Markos

Ennio Morricone - Il Gatto a Nove Code (The Cat O' Nine Tails) (1971) - Sottintesi

Ennio Morricone - What Have You Done to Solange? (Cosa Avete Fatto A Solange?) (1972) - C'E Qualcuno Qui (#2)

Pino Donaggio - Carrie (1976) - The Ballot / Carrie and Tommy / The Conspirators

Armando Trovaioli - Hercules in the Haunted World - Pazzia Di Deianira

Stelvio Cipriani - Un Ombra Nell'Ombra (1979) - Raffaella

Bruno Nicolai - Una Vergine Tra I Morti Viventi (1973) - Seq. 10

Bruno Nicolai - Il Conte Dracula - Visionario

Claudio Gizzi - Andy Warhol's Dracula (Blood for Dracula; Dracula Cerca Sangue Di Vergine E Mori Di Sete) (1974) - Dracula's Theme

Claudio Gizzi - Andy Warhol's Dracula (Blood for Dracula; Dracula Cerca Sangue Di Vergine E Mori Di Sete) (1974) - Dracula's Theme (End Titles)

Claudio Gizzi - Andy Warhol's Frankenstein (Flesh for Frankenstein; Il Mostro e In Tavola Barone Frankenstein) (1974) - Bonus: Secret Passage (#2)

Carlo Savina - I Diabolici Convegni (Feast of Satan) (1971) - I Diabolici Convegni Seq. 1

Oct. 19 2013 10:09 PM

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