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 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West), all Giuseppe Tornatore films (since Cinema Paradiso), The Battle of Algiers, Dario Argento's Animal Trilogy, Bernardo Bertolucci's 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, John Carpenter's The Thing, Roland Joffé's The Mission, Brian De Palma's The Untouchables and Mission to Mars, Barry Levinson's Bugsy and Disclosure, Wolfgang Petersen's In the Line of Fire, Warren Beatty's Bulworth, Liliana Cavani's Ripley's Game and Quentin Tarantino's 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 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). 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.



Relaxing Moment with Ennio Morricone
Relaxing Moment with Ennio Morricone is an album by musical artist Ennio Morricone, released on August 30, 2017.
Ennio Morricone Vintage
Ennio Morricone Vintage is an album by musical artist Ennio Morricone, released on August 30, 2017.
Le Meilleur de Ennio Morricone - Les Plus belles musiques de Films
Le Meilleur de Ennio Morricone - Les Plus belles musiques de Films is an album by musical artist Ennio Morricone, released on August 29, 2017.
Ennio Morricone Lounge Vol. 2
Ennio Morricone Lounge Vol. 2 is an album by musical artist Ennio Morricone, released on August 28, 2017.

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Ennio Morricone
  –  September 4, 2017
In ancient times it held over 30,00 people but now, security reasons ( indeed, there is a notable army presence in the Piazza) means maximum attendance is around 15,000 people, as is the case tonight for Ennio Morricone and his ‘60 Years of World Music ...
Ennio Morricone, Budapest Aréna, 18 October
  –  August 31, 2017
Ennio Morricone is rightly considered the world’s greatest living ... together with extensive forays into both absolute and applied music. Fondly referred to as il maestro by his peers, Morricone is just that: a master of his craft, a true virtuoso ...
Ennio Morricone: Ennio Morricone - Rome 2002 Deluxe Digipac
  –  August 29, 2017
He graduated in 1956, and, to supplement his earnings, wrote radio and television arrangements for RAI's light music orchestra ... A Fistful of Dollars', which he wrote under the pseudonym Dan Savio. In stark contrast to American western theme songs ...
Ennio Morricone’s L’Alibi soundtrack released on vinyl for the first time
  –  September 4, 2017
The Vinyl Factory is the world’s foremost vinyl enterprise. It encompasses a record label, pressing plant and online magazine, and collaborates with artists and musicians to create stunning audio-visual shows. Read More
‘Villains’ – Queens of the Stone Age
  –  September 4, 2017
“Feet Don’t Fail Me” kicks off proceedings in typically intense QOTSA fashion, unsettling guitars creeping up on you like an Ennio Morricone score played by Jefferson Airplane, before boiling over into one of the most irresistible riffs the band have ...
LET THE CORPSES TAN: Watch The Amazing Full Trailer For AMER Duo's Western!
  –  September 4, 2017
here most sensorially depicted whenever the film allegorizes the dire straits of its characters via a silhouetted cast of "Fates" pantomiming all manner of delirious depravity to an Ennio Morricone tune. Mixing in some sun-baked spaghetti western imagery ...
Walter Becker, Major Dude, RIP
  –  September 4, 2017
Fagen writes elegantly, eruditely, about growing up in a time of Henry Mancini and the Red Peril; about jazz DJ epiphanies under the bedcovers, and a mortifying attempt to interview Ennio Morricone. The man with whom Fagen co-authored some of the greatest ...
Ennio Morricone
  –  September 4, 2017
To approach Piazza Bra from Porta Nuova Verona station and behold the Arena is truly a thing of wonder. This amazing amphitheatre built in the first century, still holds true, standing both the test of time and above all human trials and tribulations.
Ennio Morricone - Ennio Morricone Lounge Vol 2 (2017)
  –  September 3, 2017
03. The Verdict (Dopo la condanna) (From "La resa dei conti - The Big Gundown") 04. La califfa (From "La califfa - The Lady Caliph / The Queen") 05. Belinda May (From "L'Alibi") 02:57 06. Music for Evening (From "The Untouchables - Gli intocca 02:57 07.
'He's on really good form': BMG's Korda Marshall on Morrissey's comeback - Music Week
  –  September 1, 2017
It’s a beautiful collection of songs. He’s on really good form. I went over to the studio in Rome, they were in Ennio Morricone’s studio [Forum Music Village] where they were recording it. The band are absolutely on fire. It’s tremendously exciting.
Penn-Trafford marching band is 'Home on the Range' in 2017 halftime show
  –  August 31, 2017
The band's 2017 show, "Home on the Range," recalls the themes and characters of the American frontier, featuring songs like Ennio Morricone's legendary theme for Clint Eastwood's cowboy movie, "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly," "Maple Leaf Rag," the title ...
Watch These Hippos Rescue a Wildebeest From a Savage Crocodile
  –  August 31, 2017
Not for a play date, mind you; it was hungry. NOTE: This footage might work with Ennio Morricone's "L'Ultima Diligenza di Red Rock (Versione Integrale)" from The Hateful Eight playing underneath it. I know, that looks terrifying, right? I mean this ...
London’s 10 best radio shows
  –  August 30, 2017
Delve into the archive on Mixcloud for whole shows devoted to Italian composer Ennio Morricone or ’90s band Stereolab. You’ve got to have a bit of cockiness about you to name your show in honour of its selections – and their nanginess. But show host ...
The 20 Most Revolutionary Movie Soundtracks of All Time
  –  August 30, 2017
Borrowing influences from Ennio Morricone western’s sound, Lalo Schifrin’s action scores and Jimmy Page guitar riffs, this soundtrack fits perfectly into a low budget groundbreaking movie. Carpenter recorded it in 3 days, using 5 synthesizers which had ...
The 200 Best Albums of the 1960s
  –  August 29, 2017
Listen to selections from this list on our Spotify playlist and our Apple Music playlist. Composer Ennio Morricone and director Sergio Leone worked in tandem throughout the 1960s on Italian spaghetti westerns, and their masterpiece is The Good, the Bad ...
Jazz Village [PIAS] Sets Oct. 20 Release For Bassist Composer Kyle Eastwood's IN TRANSIT
  –  August 28, 2017
The most prominent of these is the intimate and dreamlike acoustic re-imagining of "Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso," which was penned by Ennio Morricone, one of Kyle's favorite film composers; having previously played with the great Italian composer ...
Let's Have a Big Bowl of Spaghetti Western Guitar
  –  August 28, 2017
Remember Ennio Morricone's brilliant theme song from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the 1966 Sergio Leone film starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach? If not, watch the video at the very bottom of this story. That song—including the ...
How to travel the easiest island in the Mediterranean
  –  August 28, 2017
On the main drag of its charming capital city, Valletta, street musicians play works by legendary composer Ennio Morricone, gelato scoops are shaped like rose petals and everything is clean and civilized. Even by Mediterranean standards, the pace of life ...
For a Few Dollars More
  –  August 25, 2017
Add to that Ennio Morricone's score which is once again wonderfully memorable and you have all the ingredients for an all time classic western.
Morrissey announces new album, Low in High-School
  –  August 24, 2017
Recording took place at La Fabrique Studios in France as well as in Rome at the Ennio Morricone-affiliated Forum Studios. “Morrissey’s talent for combining political statements and beautiful melodies is more prevalent than ever on Low in High-School ...
John Carpenter Is Putting Out His Greatest Hits, And A Tour To Boot!
  –  August 24, 2017
John Carpenter and his band also cover Ennio Morricone’s bleak, minimalist theme for The Thing.” “We also get vital new recordings of the themes to ’80s classics and fan favorites Big Trouble in Little China, Escape From New York, Christine ...
John Carpenter Re-recorded His Famous Movie Themes for a New Album
  –  August 24, 2017
He’s also got a track from his 1982 classic The Thing, which famously is one of the few films he didn’t score himself, instead getting legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone to do a creepy, minimalist score. “I asked Morricone to please compose ...
Nathan Pacheco blows the roof off this little church
  –  August 23, 2017
The tune was originally a theme from the motion picture The Mission. Singer Sarah Brightman fell in love with the melody after seeing The Mission and wrote to composer Ennio Morricone to get permission to turn “Gabriel’s Oboe” into a lyric piece.
Morrissey Reveals New Album 'Low In High-School' Details
  –  August 23, 2017
The album was produced by Joe Chiccarelli (Frank Zappa, The Strokes, Beck, The White Stripes), and was recorded at La Fabrique Studios in France and Ennio Morricone's Forum Studios in Rome. Morrissey has also announced that he'll be performing at L.A.'s ...
Statutory warning: 'Solo' songs on repeat mode can be addictive
  –  August 23, 2017
Prashant has brought in some gunshots as beats, which would make you nostalgic about at Ennio Morricone's 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' theme. The song is a fusion of Hindustani vocal with percussion jathi and electronic sounds arranged by the band ...
Morrissey Details New Album ‘Low in High-School’
  –  August 23, 2017
Related: Morrissey Biopic ‘England is Mine’ Gets First Trailer The album was produced by Joe Chiccarelli (Frank Zappa, The Strokes, Beck, The White Stripes), and was recorded at La Fabrique Studios in France and Ennio Morricone’s Forum Studios in Rome.
John Carpenter announces new album, fall tour
  –  August 22, 2017
The “near comprehensive” album will collect newly recorded versions of classic Carpenter movie themes from films like Halloween, Escape From New York, and Assault On Precinct 13, along with Carpenter and his band recording Ennio Morricone‘s theme for ...
Morrissey signs to BMG for new album, out in November
  –  August 22, 2017
The record is currently unavailable on iTunes and streaming services as a result. Low in High-School was recorded in two places: La Fabrique Studios in France and in Rome at Ennio Morricone’s Forum Studios.
“Marilyn Manson would love to be the villain in a Marvel movie…” Tyler Bates ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ interview
  –  August 22, 2017
Our working relationship began on Slither and we’d discussed working in this fashion, more like Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone. By the time we got to Super there was time for us to conceptualize the music before he shot the film and after we had that ...
How did Houston fare in Pitchfork's best albums of the '60s?
  –  August 22, 2017
The list had an admirable international eye, from Ennio Morricone to Mulatu Astatke, and not just the obligatory Serge Gainsbourg. It was a little light on countryish stuff (Johnny Cash, Wanda Jackson), but admirably attuned to soul, R&B and blues.
John Carpenter Touring Movie Anthology
  –  August 22, 2017
Movie Themes 1974-1998 includes 13 of Carpenter’s classic movie themes from films such as “Assault on Precinct 13,” “Halloween,” “Escape From New York” and “Big Trouble In Little China,” and also covers Ennio Morricone’s minimalist them ...
John Carpenter Revives Classic Movie Scores for Greatest Hits Album
  –  August 22, 2017
Carpenter and his band also cover Ennio Morricone’s bleak, minimalist theme for The Thing.” “We also get vital new recordings of the themes to ’80s classics and fan favorites Big Trouble in Little China, Escape From New York, Christine, and They ...

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