Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone



Ennio Morricone, Grand Officer OMRI (Italian: [ˈɛnnjo morriˈkoːne]; born 10 November 1928) is an Italian composer, orchestrator, conductor, and former trumpet player. He composes a wide range of music styles, making him one of the most versatile, experimental and influential composers of all time, working in any medium.[1] Since 1946 Morricone has composed over 500 scores for cinema and television, as well as over 100 classical works. His filmography includes over 70 award-winning films, including all Sergio Leone films since A Fistful of Dollars (including For a Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West and Once Upon a Time in America), all Giuseppe Tornatore films (since Cinema Paradiso), The Battle of Algiers, the 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, The Thing, The Mission, The Untouchables, Mission to Mars, Bugsy, Disclosure, In the Line of Fire, Bulworth, Ripley's Game and The Hateful Eight.[2]

After playing the trumpet in jazz bands in the 1940s, he became a studio arranger for RCA Victor and in 1955 started ghost writing for film and theatre. Throughout his career, he has composed music for artists such as Paul Anka, Mina, Milva, Zucchero and Andrea Bocelli. From 1960 to 1975, Morricone gained international fame for composing music for westerns. His score to 1966's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is considered one of the most influential soundtracks in history[3] and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.[4] With an estimated 10 million copies sold, Once Upon a Time in the West is one of the best-selling scores worldwide.[5] He also scored seven westerns for Sergio Corbucci, Duccio Tessari's Ringo duology and Sergio Sollima's The Big Gundown and Face to Face. Morricone worked extensively for other film genres with directors such as Bernardo Bertolucci, Mauro Bolognini, Giuliano Montaldo, Roland Joffé, Roman Polanski and Henri Verneuil. His acclaimed soundtrack for The Mission (1986)[6] was certified gold in the United States. The album Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone stayed 105 weeks on the Billboard Top Classical Albums.[7]

Morricone's best-known compositions include "The Ecstasy of Gold", "Se Telefonando", "Man with a Harmonica", "Here's to You", the UK No. 2 single "Chi Mai", "Gabriel's Oboe" and "E Più Ti Penso". He functioned during the period 1966–1980 as a main member of Il Gruppo, one of the first experimental composers collectives. In 1969, he co-founded Forum Music Village, a prestigious recording studio. From the 1970s, Morricone excelled in Hollywood, composing for prolific American directors such as Don Siegel, Mike Nichols, Brian De Palma, Barry Levinson, Oliver Stone, Warren Beatty and Quentin Tarantino. In 1977, he composed the official theme for the 1978 FIFA World Cup. He continued to compose music for European productions, such as Marco Polo, La Piovra, Nostromo, Fateless, Karol and En mai, fais ce qu'il te plait. Morricone's music has been reused in television series, including The Simpsons and The Sopranos, and in many films, including Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained.

As of 2013, Ennio Morricone has sold over 70 million records worldwide. In 1971, he received a "Targa d'Oro" for the worldwide sales of 22 million.[8] In 2007, he received the Academy Honorary Award "for his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music." He has been nominated for a further six Oscars. In 2016, Morricone received his first Academy Award for his score to Quentin Tarantino's film The Hateful Eight (2015), becoming the oldest person ever to win an Oscar. His other achievements include three Grammy Awards, three Golden Globes, six BAFTAs, ten David di Donatello, eleven Nastro d'Argento, two European Film Awards, the Golden Lion Honorary Award and the Polar Music Prize in 2010.



Love Revealed
Love Revealed is an album by musical artist Ennio Morricone, released on February 9, 2018.
Ennio Morricone Piano Musik
Ennio Morricone Piano Musik is an album by musical artist Ennio Morricone, released on January 29, 2018.
Ennio Morricone The Greatest Hits
Ennio Morricone The Greatest Hits is an album by musical artist Ennio Morricone, released on December 14, 2017.
Western Music Collection Vol. 2 - Ennio Morricone
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Like Metallica, Ennio Morricone and Paul McCartney: Afghan Institute wins the Polar award
  –  February 17, 2018
In the 1980s the pop music industry and the film industry were growing ... Ray Charles, Paul McCartney, Ennio Morricone, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Bruce Springsteen. Anim was founded in 2010 to give hope to young Afghans and save the ...
MTYP play offers a sad, but strangely beautiful, journey into the dark world of dementia
  –  February 17, 2018
The play is also wordless, but not silent — it's set to a fabulous western-themed score by Rachel Dease that has a moody pop vibe to it (think Ennio Morricone with a dash of Portishead, maybe). It is, like the other design elements here, evocative and ...
Like Metallica, Ennio Morricone and Paul McCartney: Afghan Institute wins the Polar award
  –  February 17, 2018
Anim was founded in 2010 to give hope to young Afghans and save the country's musical tradition. The focus on the most disadvantaged children and girls in particular. Between 1996 and 2001 the Taliban banished all forms of music. Founder: such a ...
Remembering Jóhann Jóhannsson, Visionary Film Composer
  –  February 15, 2018
Jóhannsson’s masterful work here earned him a much-deserved Academy nomination; his ultimate defeat on the night being made palatable only because it was Ennio Morricone who took home the Oscar (his first) that night. It wasn’t to be for Arrival’s ...
Lindi Ortega's Demon-Slaying Country Can Conquer All Hardships
  –  February 14, 2018
Drawing on the timeless arrangements of Ennio Morricone’s Spaghetti Western scores and the sounds of her own Mexican heritage, Ortega drags her character through the darkness and despair of dusty, sinister honky tonks, backstabbing “friends,” the ...
Metallica, Afghanistan National Institute of Music Named 2018 Polar Music Prize Laureates
  –  February 14, 2018
Previous winners of the Polar Music Prize include Sting, Elton John, Ray Charles, Paul McCartney, Ravi Shankar, Ennio Morricone, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Renée Fleming, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Isaac Stern, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Gilberto Gil ...
Soundtrack to my life: 5 songs that influenced Mara Galeazzi
  –  February 13, 2018
A song that reminds me of my childhood: Cinema Paradiso by Ennio Morricone (1988) I was in boarding school and training at La Scala in Milan – this song makes me reflect on that time. The training was very hard, and although I had a lot of support from ...
Cal men’s basketball records season-low 43 points in blowout loss to Utah
  –  February 12, 2018
With Ennio Morricone’s goosebump-inducing “The Ecstacy of Gold” playing in the background, Jay-Z rapped, “I will not lose, for even in defeat, there’s a valuable lesson learned, so it evens it up for me” — the message being one either wins or ...
Jóhann Jóhannsson, Oscar-Nominated Composer, Dies at 48
  –  February 10, 2018
Jóhannsson drew influences from legendary composers such as John Williams and Ennio Morricone. In the same THR interview, Jóhannsson praised his fellow nominee (and ultimate winner) Morricone for leading the way with his innovative approach.
Oscars 2018: How Carter Burwell Channeled a Western Score for ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’
  –  February 9, 2018
However, with a narrative that switches between Mildred and Oscar-nominated Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson as the racist cop Dixon and cancer-stricken Sheriff Willoughby, the composer considered an approach used by Ennio Morricone in his spaghetti ...
As American as ... vodka? Utah Symphony’s ‘High Noon' shows the Old West's foreign DNA
  –  February 9, 2018
Paul Meecham, Utah Symphony president and CEO, pointed to the Italian-made “Spaghetti Westerns” produced in the years following “High Noon” and their legendary scores by Italian composer Ennio Morricone. For being seen as American, Westerns sure ...
The 25 best sci-fi movies that are out of this world
  –  February 9, 2018
sci-fi. Most iconic moment: The realisation that the 'planet' is in fact, our planet. The movie: From the opening lurch of Ennio Morricone's ominous score, it's obvious that things aren't exactly rosy at this science outpost deep in the Antarctic.
Shannon & The Clams: Onion review – retro indie-garage-punk
  –  February 9, 2018
The lead single Backstreets is psychedelic pop wrapped up in an Ennio Morricone-inspired arrangement and a tragic theme – the deaths of 36 people in Oakland’s Ghost Ship warehouse fire in 2016. Blanchard assumes lead vocal duties on the latter ...
At the Lincoln
  –  February 8, 2018
One of their most memorable collaborations came when they joined forces with the California Guitar Trio to perform some of the greatest rock classics by The Beatles, Radiohead and David Bowie, a few "spaghetti western" themes by Ennio Morricone ...
Listening Post: The Luminanas/Khruangbin/Villette
  –  February 8, 2018
Comprising instrumental tracks and songs with English and French lyrics, it sounds sort of like Ennio Morricone composing a tribute to yé-yé music, performed by an indie band that used to play punk. Even more surprising than that mix is how well it all ...
The Neon Museum’s ‘Brilliant!’ makes classic signs shine again
  –  February 8, 2018
Later, the Terrible Herbst cowboy wakes up to Ennio Morricone’s “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” Video of Liberace appears on a white grand piano for his rendition of “Strangers in the Night.” That same piano turns red, and the cowboy dons ...
‘Ichi The Killer’ 4K Hits Toronto As Part of KinoVortex Film Series!
  –  February 2, 2018
This astonishingly transgressive spaghetti western from director Sergio Corbucci (Django) stars Jean-Louis Trintignant (The Conformist, Amour) and gonzo Herzog muse Klaus Kinski, with a score by Ennio Morricone. During Utah’s Great Blizzard of 1899 ...

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