Italian composer featured in Tarantino films dies

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Riz Ortolani's music featured in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained and Kill Bill. Photo: Indeciso42/Wikimedia Commons
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Riz Ortolani, an Italian composer whose music was used by US director Quentin Tarantino in several of his films, died in Rome Thursday aged 87 after a bout of bronchitis, Italian media reported.

Ortolani's tunes - often stagey guitar pieces in the Spaghetti Western mould - featured in Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained and Kill Bill.

The composer started out aged 20 as an orchestral arranger for Italy's state broadcaster RAI, and made the move into cinema music in the 1960s, which saw him gain entry into the Hollywood studios.

He was twice nominated for Oscars and won a clutch of other prizes, including two Golden Globes for his work.

He is survived by his wife Katyna, a singer, and their two children.

SEE ALSO: Italian conductor Claudio Abbado dies aged 80

Listen to Ortolani's music from Django Unchained:

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