Italy's Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone dies at 91
Jul 09 2020
Quentin Tarantino used a handful of Morricone compositions in his Kill Bill films, as well as Django Unchained and Inglorious Basterds. In fact, Ennio Morricone was last given the Oscar Award in 2016 for his brilliant music score in Quentin Tarantino's film The Hateful Eight. In 1946, he received his diploma in trumpet playing. "He'd later say his daddy's" effect on me personally was basic". The Italian cultural ministry confirmed his death in a statement that called him "a musician of refined skill who with his melodies has been able to excite and make the whole world dream". Back in 1960, he began using the unconventional experimentation that would establish his career, taking inspirations from musique concrète (non-instrumental records ) and employing the audio of a may rolling across the road and combining it into a percussion rhythm within an arrangement of Gianni Meccia's Il Barattolo (The May ). "But pleasantly shocked I think".
The original score to the movie, which starred Clint Eastwood in one of his earliest leading roles, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2009. Listen to the main theme and tell me that isn't the most random, wild, but ultimately badass intro for any film!
The creator of that sound was born in Rome in 1928. Not everyone knows that among the most famous songs arranged by Morricone there are some classic Italian pop music hits such as Edoardo Vianello's Pinne fucile ed occhiali and Guarda come dondolo, Gino Paoli's Sapore di sale, and Mina's Se telefonando.
Frayling had a chance to meet the choirmaster who worked on another Morricone film and asked what words the choir was actually singing. He worked with filmmakers around the world and across numerous genres, from Italian giallo films to USA dramas to romances and comedies and the like.
More about Ennio Morricone, in his career spanning over five decades, Ennio Morricone had given scores to nearly 400 films, TV shows, as well as over 100 classical works.
"His music leapt from the screen with huge character and originality".
It had been nominated for an Oscar at 1987. That 12 months, he dropped to Herbie Hancock's Spherical Midnight. He composed not at a piano but at a desk, hearing the music in his mind and writing it with a pencil for all orchestra parts. Morricone is third from the best. That decade also saw Morricone co-function with Pontecorvo, initially on The Struggle of Algiers, the black-and-white vintage depicting the Algerian uprising against the French, and later on Queimada, a tale of colonialism starring Marlon Brando.
Morricone in a 2011 concert. If we mean someone who created a unique body of work, one that changed culture, had a distincive style and was massively influential, then Morricone fitted the bill. "And I also did sounds myself".