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Everything you need to know about Ennio Morricone

  • Ennio Morricone was born on 10th November, 1928 and lived a long fulfilling life until 6th July, 2020. He composed over 400 scores for cinema and television, and over 100 classical works. One of the most influential soundtracks in history is his score to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. 
  • In 1955, he started ghost writing for film and theatre. His music has been included in various television series like The Simpsons and The Sopranos, and movies such as Inglourious Basterds. In 1971, he received an award for worldwide sales of 22 million 
  • He was facilitated with Academy Honorary Award for his “magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music”, in 2007. He was nominated for six Oscars throughout his life, and finally at the age of 87 (year 2016)  he won his first Oscar award, he became the oldest person to win a competitive Oscar. 
  • Additionally, he won 3 Grammy Awards, 6 BAFTAs, 10 David Di Donatello, 11 Nastro d’Argento, 2 European Film Awards, the Golden Lion Honorary Award and the Polar Music Prize in 2010. 
  • When one thinks of an orchestral composer, the image that pops up is that of a violinist or a piano player. However, Ennio Morricone was a trumpeter much like his father. 
  • His music is unique and heavily inspired by raw and natural sounds that is the reason his music combines distinctive sounds, for a wholesome experience. 
  • “I am not a real conductor, I do not conduct the music of other composers.” Morricone walked on the stage to conduct only his own work, not anyone else’s. Despite his successful career as a film composer, he never abandoned ‘absolute’ music

Even though he rarely expressed appreciation for Pop music, he tried his hand at composing for that genre. One such example is the song Se Telefonando for the Italian singer Mina.

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