Ennio Morricone Wiki – Biography
Ennio Morricone, the Italian composer whose symphonic scores backed everything from spaghetti westerns to romances, horror, sci-fi, and more, has died.
Born in Rome in 1928, Morricone took up the trumpet and wrote his first composition aged six. He studied classical music and after graduating began writing scores for theatre and radio. He was hired as an arranger by the label RCA in Italy and also began writing for pop artists – his songs became hits for Paul Anka, Francoise Hardy, and Demi Roussos, and he later collaborated with Pet Shop Boys. He also made boundary-pushing avant-garde work with Gruppo di Improvvisazione di Nuova Consonanza, a collective of experimental, improvisational composers.
Ennio Morricone Age
Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91 years.
The towering musical maestro composed more than 400 scores for cinema and TV, as well as more than 100 classical works. His score for The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1966), one of a handful of successful collaborations with director Sergio Leone, is considered one of the most influential soundtracks in history.
His glittering filmography includes more than 70 award-winning films, including all Leone’s films, all Giuseppe Tornatore’s films from the much-loved Cinema Paradiso onwards, The Battle Of Algiers, Dario Argento’s Animal Trilogy, Days Of Heaven, The Thing, The Mission, The Untouchables, Bugsy and Ripley’s Game.
Ennio’s film scores that brought him the most fame. He began in the mid-1950s as a ghostwriter for films credited to others, but his collaborations with Luciano Salce, beginning with Il Federale (The Fascist) onwards, established his name.
Morricone went on to work in almost all film genres, and some of his melodies are perhaps more famous than the films he wrote them for. Jerzy Kawalerowicz’s 1971 film Maddalena is little remembered today, but Morricone’s two pieces for the film, Come, Maddalena and Chi Mai, are among his most beloved, the latter reaching No 2 in the UK Top 40 following its reuse in the BBC drama series, The Life and Times of David Lloyd George.
His 1960s scores for Sergio Leone, backing a moody Clint Eastwood in Dollars trilogy, were huge successes and came to define him: with their whistling melodies, and blend of symphonic elements with gunshots and guitars, they evoke the entire western genre. “The music is indispensable because my films could practically be silent movies, the dialogue counts for relatively little, and so the music underlines actions and feelings more than the dialogue,” Leone has said. Morricone has said his own best work was for Leone’s 1984 film One Upon a Time in America.
Those films, and Morricone’s scores, were a clear influence on Quentin Tarantino who hired Morricone for his western The Hateful Eight. It earned Morricone his first Oscar outside of his lifetime achievement award. Tarantino also used his music in Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds, and Django Unchained, with Morricone writing an original song for the latter.
Other iconic films he scored include The Thing (directed by John Carpenter), The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo), Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick), and The Untouchables (Brian de Palma) and the La Cage aux Folles trilogy (Édouard Molinaro).
In 2016 he won an Oscar for his score for Quentin Tarantino’s film The Hateful Eight, at the time becoming the oldest person ever to win a competitive Oscar. He has been nominated for a further six Academy Awards.
He frequently toured highlights from his catalog and was still conducting his orchestra in 2019. He sold more than 70m albums worldwide, and as well as his two Academy Awards, he won four Grammy awards and six Baftas.
Cause of Death
Legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone has died aged 91 in Rome following complications from a fall last week.
Ennio Morricone, the Italian composer whose symphonic scores backed everything from spaghetti westerns to romances, horror, sci-fi, and more.
Morricone had broken his femur some days ago and died during the night in a clinic in Rome. His death was confirmed by his lawyer, Giorgio Assunta.
The news of Morricone’s passing sparked an immediate wave of tributes online.
Where to even begin with iconic composer Ennio Morricone? He could make an average movie into a must see, a good movie into art, and a great movie into legend. He hasn't been off my stereo my entire life. What a legacy of work he leaves behind. RIP. https://t.co/qZX6qE10ke
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) July 6, 2020
Director Edgar Wright said: “Where to even begin with iconic composer Ennio Morricone? He could make an average movie into a must-see, a good movie into art, and a great movie into legend. He hasn’t been off my stereo my entire life. What a legacy of work he leaves behind. RIP.”
Over the next few days, a lot of good people are going to tell you how great Ennio Morricone was and how much he meant to film music.
But I would like to invite you to just listen to this for yourself.https://t.co/J4jF1p1H11
— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) July 6, 2020
Ennio Morricone. You always know when it's a Morricone score, even before you see his name. With just a few notes he evokes images of a whole genre. There aren't any others like him. One of the titans is gone.
— C. Robert Cargill (@Massawyrm) July 6, 2020
Farewell to a legend of music – Ennio Morricone has died, aged 91. https://t.co/udXkx4SADG
— Classic FM (@ClassicFM) July 6, 2020