Ennio Morricone, who died in Rome on 6 July 2020 following a bad fall, had a world-renowned career. Author of music for over 500 films, he has over 70 million records sold. What are the most famous soundtracks of the great Italian composer, musician, conductor and arranger?
Ennio Morricone: the soundtracks
Famous in every corner of the globe, Ennio Morricone he wrote over 500 soundtracks of films that have made the history of cinema. Of these films, 60 have won important awards. His music made entire generations dream and he still had the ability to make both young and old fall in love with his art.
Ennio composed soundtracks for many western movies, but also helped to shape the sound of the 60s, making songs like Flavor of salt and If phoning. He has worked with great names in the world cinema world, such as: Sergio Leone, Duccio Tessari, Sergio Corbucci, John Carpenter, Brian De Palma, Barry Levinson, Mike Nichols, Oliver Stone and Quentin Tarantino. What are the most beautiful Morricone soundtracks ever?
For a bunch of dollars
For a bunch of dollars, a 1964 film by Sergio Leone starring Clint Eastwood, is considered one of the cornerstones of western cinematography. It is the first collaboration between Morricone and Leone and the composition has been awarded on Silver ribbon.
The good, the bad and the ugly
The good, the bad and the ugly, dated 1966, completes the western trilogy that began with For a Fistful of Dollars and continued with For a Few Dollars More. There genius by Morricone? The riff unites all three protagonists, but one was used for each different tool: the flute for Clint Eastwood, the ocarina for Lee Van Cleef and the singing voice for Eli Wallach.
Once upon a time in America
The soundtrack of Once upon a time in America, 1984 film, is considered the absolute masterpiece by Morricone. The film is considered, both by critics and by the public, one of the most beautiful ever. Ennio composed the music long before the shooting started, so the actors often shot with the soundtrack in background.
New Cinema Paradiso
Dated 1989, New Cinema Paradiso sees the collaboration between Morricone and Giuseppe Tornatore. The film won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film and the Special Jury Grand Prix at the 43rd Cannes Film Festival. The music, however, won a David di Donatello, a BAFTA and the Prix Fondation Sacem at the Cannes Film Festival.
Investigation of a citizen above all suspicions
Signed by Elio Petri, Investigation of a citizen above all suspicions was released in 1970. He has won numerous awards, including the Oscar for best foreign film. Ennio Morricone’s extraordinary soundtrack, also appreciated by Stanley Kubrick, helped make it memorable.
The Untouchables of Brian De Palma, earned Morricone a BAFTA award and a Silver Ribbon.
The Mission, 1986 film with Robert de Niro, sees the song as its main theme “Falls“. Considered one of Morricone’s most famous compositions, the American Film Institute included it at 23rd place of the ranking of the best soundtracks of American cinema.
Once Upon a Time in the West
In Once Upon a Time in the West, 1968 film with Henry Fonda and Claudia Cardinale, Morricone used theharmonica. The music of this film, needless to say, has become part of the history of world cinema.
The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean
The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean, a 1998 film, made Morricone win a Golden Globe for the best original soundtrack. To write the music, Ennio took over a year.
The Hateful Eight
The Hateful Eight, 2015 film directed by Quentin Tarantino, led the composer to win: a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, and the Oscar for best soundtrack.
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