University of Milan
Curtis Institute of Music
Accademia di Santa Cecilia
Won an Oscar for scoring "The Godfather: Part II"
Scored "The Godfather"
Scored Fellini's "8 1/2"
Scored "The White Sheik," his first collaboration with Federico Fellini
Scored his first film, "Treno Popolare"
His score for "The Godfather" (1972) was originally one of the five films nominated for Best Original Score but was later withdrawn and declared ineligible because the composer recycled themes used in 1958's "Fortunella".
Rota was extremely prolific throughout his career, having written more than 150 scores for Italian and international productions from the early 40 to his death in 1979 at the age of 67.
Rota was a child musical prodigy.
He scored several of Federico Fellini's films, with the legendary director once referring to him as, "the most precious collaborator I've ever had."