A Tribute to Ennio Morricone, 1928-2020



Ennio Morricone at the Estadio Bicentenario de la Florida, 2013
Photo: Gonzalo Tello [Source, Licence]


Music is perhaps the most powerful conveyor of emotional content. Without suitable music, much of what we watch on film or TV (including advertising) would fail to impact, despite the best efforts of the greatest actors, directors and cinematographers. Ennio Morricone, who died today aged 91, was a true master of the craft.


From Giuseppe Tornatore’s 2000 film, “Malèna”


An Italian composer, orchestrator, conductor, and trumpet player who wrote music in a wide range of styles, Morricone composed over 400 scores for cinema and television, as well as over 100 classical works. He will be remembered for the greatest western music of all time in the epic spaghetti westerns directed by Sergio Leone but was also responsible for the soundtrack to what is one of my favourite films, “Cinema Paradiso”.


Music from Sergio Leone’s “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966) performed live


The complete, long list of Morricone’s works and awards can be found at his Wikipedia page, here, where the latter includes Academy Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, Grammy Awards, ASCAPS and an honorary degree. In 2006 he became a Grand Officer OMRI (Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy) and in 2007 he was awarded a Film and Television Music Award for Lifetime Achievement.


Music from Sergio Leone’s “Once Upon a Time in the West” (1968)


In the final scene of Giuseppe Tornatore’s film “Cinema Paradiso” (1988), famous film director Salvatore makes peace with his past when watching a compilation of all the romantic scenes that the village priest had ordered to be removed (i.e. censored) from the movies of his childhood –


Final scene from Giuseppe Tornatore’s film “Cinema Paradiso” (1988)


R.I.P. Ennio Morricone