Obituary: Ennio Morricone
The global greatness of Ennio Morricone is summed up amiably in some of the comments in this video:
Oscar winner Ennio Morricone died in the night in a Roman clinic due to the consequences of a fall. The great musician and composer, author of the most beautiful soundtracks of Italian and world cinema, from For a Fistful of Dollars to Mission to Once Upon a Time in America, from Nuovo cinema Paradiso to Malèna, was 91 years old. A few days ago the femur had broken.
The composer's private funeral has already taken place, with only the family members present, his friend and lawyer Giorgio Assumma and the director Giuseppe Tornatore. In the next few hours the burial in Rome. It was precisely a note disclosed by Assumma that informed of the composer's desire to have private funeral "in respect for the feeling of humility that has always inspired the acts of his existence". Morricone, reads the note, died "at dawn on July 6 in Rome with the comfort of faith". Assumma adds that the master "has preserved until the last full lucidity and great dignity. He greeted his beloved wife Maria who accompanied him with dedication in every moment of his human and professional life and was close to him until the last breath , thanked his children and grandchildren for the love and care they gave him. He dedicated a moving memory to his audience, from whose affectionate support he has always drawn the strength of his creativity."
Born in Rome on 10 November 1928, Morricone studied at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, where he graduated in trumpet. He has written the music for more than 500 films and TV series, as well as contemporary music works. His career includes a wide range of compositional genres, which make him one of the most versatile, prolific and influential soundtrack composers of all time. His music has been used in over 60 award-winning films. From 1946 to today he has composed more than 100 classical pieces, but what has given Morricone world fame as a composer, have been the music produced for the Italian western genre, which led him to collaborate with directors such as Sergio Leone , Duccio Tessari and Sergio Corbucci, with titles such as the Dollar Trilogy, A Gun for Ringo, The Showdown, The Great Silence, The Mercenary, My Name is Nobody and the Trilogy of Time.
Since the seventies Morricone has also become a prominent name in Hollywood cinema, composing music for American directors such as John Carpenter, Brian De Palma, Barry Levinson, Mike Nichols, Oliver Stone and Quentin Tarantino.
In Italy, the collaboration with Tornatore is crucial, with which he will form a professional and human partnership of extraordinary level. His palmarès is very rich: in 2007 he received the Oscar for Lifetime Achievement, in 2016 the one for the best soundtrack for Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight", after having received five nominations for "I giorni del cielo" by Terrence Malick (1979), "Mission" by Roland Joffé (1987), "The Untouchables" by Brian De Palma (1988), "Bugsy" by Barry Levinson (1992) and "Malèna" by Giuseppe Tornatore (2001). He also won the Golden globe 3 times and Bafta 6 times. Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in Venice in 1995. In Italy, among others, 10 David di Donatello and 10 Silver Ribbons.
Who is Ennio Morricone?
He was born in Rome on November 10, 1928, under the sign of the scorpion. But how does it approach music? At 10 he began to attend the conservatory of S. Cecilia, driven by his father, also a musician and trumpet player.
Subsequently, in 1944, he began to study composition, and two years later he graduated in trumpet. It was the period in which he was hired as a musician, arranger and composer, and in the meantime he devoted himself to the study, even if he interrupted the third year of the course of choral music and choir conducting without obtaining a diploma.
The official beginning of his career in cinema came in 1955, when he began arranging music for cinema. Do you think that in the same year he was hired by Rai as musical assistant, but he quit the first day. A gesture from those who knew it was destined for something bigger. During his long history he was not only one of the most important arrangers in the world of pop, collaborating with the likes of Gianni Morandi and Mina (his signature in Se Phoning), but he became one of the most important composers of Hollywood soundtracks, by signing the music of Sergio Leone's classics but also by many other Italian and international historical directors. In 2007 he won the Oscar for his career and in 2016 he won the Oscar for best soundtrack thanks to Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight.