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Ferraro, Ralph 1929 - 2012 Ralph Ferraro, veteran film and television composer/ orchestrator, best known for his work with composers, Leonard Rosenman and Randy Edelman, has died. He was 82. Born in Waterbury, Connecticut, Ferraro received a master's degree at the Manhattan School of Music, became a percussionist of note and married Manuelita Curti, also of Waterbury. The couple moved to Rome, Italy in 1959 where Ferraro's American Jazz-inflected drum work got the attention of Nino Rota and his playing can be heard on a number of Rota's film scores for Federico Felliini, including "La Dolce Vita."(1960) Other Roman achievements include the births of two bright and beautiful daughters, Francesca and Claudia. In 1967, the Ferraro family moved to Los Angeles and Ferraro immediately went to work composing scores for several episodes of Universal's hit series, "The Virginian" and the tongue-and-cheek swashbuckler, "The King's Pirate." He also formed a long and fruitful association with Leonard Rosenman as his orchestrator. Ferraro was especially proud of his work on the Woody Guthrie biopic, "Bound for Glory," for which Rosenman received an Oscar. Then came a prolific collaboration with Randy Edelman in a series of brilliant orchestrations, including "Dragonheart," "The Mask," "Shanghai Noon," "Shanghai Knights," "My Cousin Vinny," and Edelman's masterpiece: the Civil War epic, "Gettysburg," Ralph shared his knowledge and experience with students at the Grove School of Music, and the beautiful Ferraro home and garden in magical Santa Monica Canyon became a legendary salon. Those fortunate enough to partake of the Italian cucina over the years will never forget it. Or him. Ralph Ferraro is survived by his wife, Mani, and daughters, Francesca and Claudia.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Apr. 8, 2012
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