Nino Rota (Giovanni Rota Rinaldi)
Milan 1911–Rome 1979. Musician and composer for the theatre, ballet and cinema, with famous soundtracks (The Godfather, Amarcord, Rocco and His Brothers, Casanova, Death on the Nile, etc.) that earned him major awards (Oscar, Golden Globe, David di Donatello). Verdi music academy in Milan, then at Santa Cecilia in Rome with Alfredo Casella. In the USA in the ’30s, graduated from the University of Milan with a thesis on the history of music. Taught in music high schools and at the music academy in Bari (director in 1950). Died after composing the soundtrack for Federico Fellini’s Orchestra Rehearsal.