Legendary music composer Ennio Morricone passes away

Legendary music composer Ennio Morricone passes away

By: Reuters | Rome |

Up to date: July 6, 2020 1:57:49 pm

Ennio Morricone was 91. (AP Photograph/Andrew Medichini, file)

Ennio Morricone, whose scores for motion pictures equivalent to The Good, the Dangerous and the Ugly, The Mission and Cinema Paradiso made him one of many world’s most well-known and prolific display screen composers, has died, ANSA information company mentioned on Monday. He was 91.

ANSA mentioned Morricone, who received two Oscars and dozens of others awards together with Golden Globes, Grammys and BAFTAs, broke his femur some days in the past and died in the course of the night time in a clinic in Rome.

His final Oscar was in 2016 for finest authentic rating for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight.

He first declined the job, however then relented, demanding that Tarantino permit him a “whole break with the fashion of Western movies I wrote 50 years in the past.”

Ennio Morricone wrote for lots of of movies, tv programmes, fashionable songs and orchestras, however it was his friendship with Italian director Sergio Leone that introduced him fame, with scores for Spaghetti Westerns starring Clint Eastwood within the 1960s.

They embody the so-called {Dollars} Trilogy – A Fistful of {Dollars}, For a Few {Dollars} More, and The Good, the Dangerous and the Ugly.

Ennio Morricone used unconventional devices such because the Jew’s harp, amplified harmonica, mariachi trumpets, cor anglais and the ocarina – an historical Chinese language instrument formed like an egg.

The music was accompanied by actual sounds equivalent to whistling, cracking of whips, gunshots and sounds impressed by wild animals together with coyotes.

He at all times tried to shake off the affiliation with the Spaghetti Westerns, reminding individuals, significantly outdoors Italy, that he had a really inventive and productive life earlier than and after the movies he made with Leone.


“It’s a strait-jacket. I simply don’t perceive how, after all of the movies I’ve performed, individuals hold excited about A Fistful of {Dollars}. Persons are caught again in time, 30 years in the past,” the Maestro, as he was recognized in Italy, instructed Reuters in 2007.

“My manufacturing for Westerns is possibly 7-1/2 or eight p.c of what I’ve performed total.”

One among Ennio Morricone’s most evocative soundtracks was for the 1986 movie The Mission, by Roland Joffe, for which he was nominated for an Oscar and received a Golden Globe.

To accompany the story of the Jesuit missions in 18th century South America, Morricone used European fashion liturgical chorales and native drums to convey the combo of the outdated and new worlds.

One other non-Western traditional was Leone’s As soon as Upon a Time in America, in 1984, which instructed the story of poor Jewish youngsters in New York who develop as much as turn into Prohibition-era mobsters.

In Italy, Ennio Morricone developed a detailed friendship with director Giuseppe Tornatore, whose Cinema Paradiso received the Oscar for finest international movie in 1989.

Morricone additionally composed for Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables, Barry Levinson’s Bugsy, and Margarethe von Trotta’s The Lengthy Silence.


Born in Rome in 1928 whereas Italy was headed by Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, Ennio Morricone discovered music from his father, a trumpeter in small orchestras.

He entered Rome’s conservatory on the age of 12, learning trumpet, choral music and composition, and later was chosen to hitch the orchestra of the celebrated Academy of Santa Cecilia.

He first wrote music for theatre and radio programmes and later was a studio arranger for file labels, working with a few of Italy’s best-known pop stars of the 1950s and 1960s.

He ghost-composed a number of movie scores earlier than he obtained his first credit score for a function movie for Luciano Salce’s Il Federale in 1961.

His success with director Sergio Leone, a former schoolmate, made him probably the most desired composers for the display screen, with administrators world wide beating a path to his door: John Huston, John Boorman, Terrence Malick, Bernardo Bertolucci, Barry Levinson, Warren Beatty, Oliver Stone, Barry Levinson, Roman Polanski and Franco Zeffirelli.

Ennio Morricone mentioned his one massive remorse was by no means having labored with Stanley Kubrick.

“He did name me to do the rating for A Clockwork Orange and I mentioned ‘sure’. He didn’t wish to come to Rome, he didn’t like flying. After which he referred to as (Sergio) Leone, who instructed him I used to be busy working with him. He by no means referred to as once more,” he mentioned.

One among few Italians to have turn into a Hollywood legend with out dwelling there, Morricone mentioned a studio had as soon as supplied him an expensive villa in California, however he turned it down.

“All my mates are right here, in addition to loads of administrators who love me and admire my work,” he mentioned. “Rome is my house.”

Ennio Morricone married Maria Travia in 1956. That they had 4 youngsters, three sons and a daughter.

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