Europe

Italian film composer Armando Trovajoli dies

  • 2 March 2013
  • From the section Europe
Armando Trovajoli was considered "the voice of Rome"

Italian musician and composer Armando Trovajoli - who wrote the scores for about 300 films - has died aged 95.

During a long career he worked with some of the world's great jazz musicians, including Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis.

His most famous song was a romantic serenade to Rome so popular with tourists that it was regarded as the city's theme tune.

Mayor Gianni Alemanno paid tribute to Trovajoli as "the voice of Rome".

The composer's death happened several days ago but has only just been announced by his widow Mariapaola.

His many film credits included the soundtracks for Italian classics such as Two Women, starring Sophia Loren, Scent of a Woman and Bitter Rice.

But it was his song "Roma nun fa' la stupida stasera" - translated as "Rome don't be stupid tonight" - that had most enduring popular success.