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In Memoriam: Ennio Morricone

Updated: Jul 9, 2020

With a heavy heart, I write that composing legend Ennio Morricone has died due to complications after breaking his leg. He was 91.

One of The Maestro's masterpieces.

Morricone, also known as "The Maestro", has worked on the musical scores of over 500 movies including John Carpenter's The Thing, The Hateful Eight, Mission To Mars, Wolf, and of course the unforgettable A Fistful Of Dollars.

Morricone’s focus on one instrument — like the trumpet solo in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, or the oboe, which soared over a lushly reverent backdrop in The Mission — enriched his contributions.

This score gave Morricone his first Oscar in 2016

The composer loved the sound of the electric guitar and the Jew’s harp and employed whistles, church bells, whips, coyote howls, chirping birds, ticking clocks, gunshots, and women’s voices to add textures to scores not associated with the typical studio arrangement.

“All kinds of sounds can be useful to convey emotion … it’s music made up of the sound of reality" Ennio Morricone

The entertainment world shines little less as one of its stars goes out, but with a career that spanned over 6 decades, there is a beautifully amazing legacy he has left behind.


10 NOVEMBER 1928 - 6 JULY 2020


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