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Pino Donaggio biography

Born in 1941 in Burano (Venice, Italy) into a family of musicians, Pino Donaggio enrolls in the Venice Conservatory but concludes his studies at the Milan Conservatory, graduating in violin. He debutes as a singer in 1959, but his first hit came in the 1961 with "Come Sinfonia", presented at the Sanremo Festival in a duet with Teddy Reno and re-recorded by Mina. In the early 1960's Donaggio's production alternates between songs rooted in a classical music and other decidedly lighter, more carefree songs.

As well as appearing frequently on leading music shows he competes regularly as a singer at the Sanremo Festival, in the 1965 with "You don’t have to Say You Love Me" (which went on to become an international hit).

In the 1973 he debutes as a soundtrack composerforNicolas Roeg’s movie "Don’t Look Now", winning majorcritical acclaim.

He then writes the music for "Corruzione nel Palazzo di Giustizia" and "Un sussurro nel buio" before being asked by Brian De Palma to write the soundtrack for "Carrie".

His friendship with De Palma would see him go on to writesoundtracks for "Dressed to kill", "Blow out", "Body double" and "Raising Cain".

Now highly sought-after, Donaggio specializes in soundtracks for horror movies such as "The Fan", "Dejà vu" and "Trauma".

In the 1976 he again records as a singer-songwriter "Certe Volte", before concentrating almost exclusively on writing music for cinema (with a few exceptions, i.e.: "Why", for Randy Crawford).

He continues to write soundtracks for movie as well as television fictions. His contribution to the documentary "We were not just... Bicycle Thieves. The Neorealism" (“Il Neorealismo. Non eravamo solo ladri di biciclette”, 2013), gives the work an evocative quality worthy of a historical document.

Pino Donaggio - biography
The Neorealism: we were not just bicycle thieves
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