Monday 8 February 1971


Born: January 14th, 1929, Codogno (Italy)
Died: July 11th, 2021
Nationality: Italian

In due course, the short impression below will be replaced with a more extensive career overview


In the 1950s and 1960s, Gian Stellari made a name for himself in the Italian music industry as a prolific composer of film music, specialising in historical dramas such as L’incendio di Roma and Giulio Cesare il conquistatore delle Gallie.


He was the musical director of the 1956 Sanremo Festival, in which he conducted all entries. With his Orchestra Arcobaleno, he made recordings of various entries of this festival; amongst those the winning 'Aprite le finestre' by Franca Raimondi, as well as the runner-up, Tonina Torrielli’s 'Amami se vuoi'. These two songs were the Italian entries to the very first Eurovision Song Contest, held in Lugano (Switzerland). Stellari conducted the Swiss orchestra for both performances.


Country – Italy (A)
Song title – "Aprite le finestre"
Rendition – Franca Raimondi
Lyrics – Giuseppe Perotti "Pinchi"
Composition – Virgilio Panzuti
Studio arrangement – Eros Sciorilli
(studio orchestra conducted by Eros Sciorilli)
Live orchestration – Gian Stellari
Conductor – Gian Stellari
Score – unknown

Country – Italy (B)
Song title – "Amami se vuoi"
Rendition – Tonina Torrielli
Lyrics – Mario Panzeri
Composition – Vittorio Mascheroni
Studio arrangement – Gian Stellari
Live orchestration – Gian Stellari
Conductor – Gian Stellari
Score – unknown

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