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Ennio Morricone

July 6, 2020

Today was a sad day for me and many other music professionals. In addition to losing Charlie Daniels, we also lost Ennio Morricone. These two men, different in almost every way, were absolute giants in the world of music.

Morricone composed over 400 scores for cinema and television, as well as over 100 classical works. His score to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) is considered one of the most influential soundtracks in history and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. His filmography includes over 70 award-winning films, all Sergio Leone’s films since A Fistful of Dollars, all Giuseppe Tornatore’s films since Cinema Paradiso, The Battle of Algiers, Dario Argento’s Animal Trilogy, 1900, Exorcist II, Days of Heaven, several major films in French cinema, in particular the comedy trilogy La Cage aux Folles I, II, III and Le Professionnel, as well as The Thing, Once Upon A Time In America, The Mission, The Untouchables, Mission to Mars, Bugsy, Disclosure, In the Line of Fire, Bulworth, Ripley’s Game and The Hateful Eight.

Morricone was born in Rome, the son of Libera Ridolfi and Mario Morricone, a musician. His family came from Arpino, near Frosinone. Morricone, who had four siblings, Adriana, Aldo (who died accidentally before turning four years old, owing to his nanny’s mistakenly feeding him cherries, to which he was severely allergic), Maria and Franca, lived in Trastevere, in the center of Rome, with his parents. Mario, his father, was a trumpet player who worked professionally in different light-music orchestras, while his mother Libera set up a small textile business.

Although I am familiar with most all of his work, one piece always stands out. MorriconeHe wrote “Deborah’s Theme” for the movie Once Upon A Time In America. This is possibly the best music written for the best film ever made. (This author’s opinion.) I have often noted that any “normal person” cannot help but break down in tears during the scene where Deborah is removing her “Cleopatra” makeup backstage with this music playing. The combination of story, filmography and music is simply amazing.

Please give this video a watch and listen and tell me you didn’t sneek a Kleenex into your eye.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuyYc0gINbU

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4 Comments
  1. I have listened to his scores in several movies and I love his music! Such a loss to all of us!

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  2. 🖤 🥀🖤

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  3. Thanks for sharing this piece in tribute. I had not heard of him, nor am I familiar with this particular film. From the stills, I would guess I’d enjoy seeing it. Beautiful music.

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