Ennio Morricone, the “Maestro” of the soundtracks, has died

When he played in the youth of Roma, a team of which he has always been a huge fan, he was called “the gunman”, perhaps for this reason he linked many of his masterpieces to the Italian western genre that 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.

Ennio Morricone he was an Italian composer, musician, conductor and arranger, he wrote the music for more than 500 films and TV series, as well as contemporary music works. He died at the age of 91, in a Roman clinic where he was hospitalized following a fall. The funeral will be held in private form “in respect of the feeling of humility that has always inspired the acts of his existence”, the family announced through his friend and lawyer Giorgio Assumma.

Morricone, according to the note, died “at dawn on July 6 in Rome with the comfort of the Faith”. Assumma adds that the master “has preserved to 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 ».

His music has been used in over 60 award-winning films. As a young arranger of the RCA, he also helped to shape the sound of the Italian sixties, making songs such as Sapore di sale, Se phoning, and Edoardo Vianello’s hits. In the 70s Hollywood made it an icon for all the greatest directors such as John Carpenter, Brian De Palma, Barry Levinson, Mike Nichols, Oliver Stone and Quentin Tarantino.

Oscar winner in 2007

Morricone wrote the music for numerous Academy Award nominated films such as Days of Heaven, Mission and The Untouchables – The Untouchables. Five nominations, an Oscar in 2007 for his Oscar for Lifetime Achievement “for his magnificent contributions to the art of film music”. Career Oscar at 79 years of age fulfillment of a very long career made of music conceived, conceived and created especially for cinema. In honor of the instrument he had studied as a young man, the trumpet. A second Oscar arrives in 2016 for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight for which he also won the Golden Globe.

Morricone has also won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, six BAFTAs, ten David di Donatello awards, eleven Silver Ribbons, two European Film Awards, a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement and a Polar Music Prize. It also sold over 70 million records. Originally from Arpino (Frosinone), but born in Rome on 10 November 1928, he graduated from the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in trumpet. He works for Rai for just one day, resigning as soon as he learns that every career possibility will be precluded. In the 60s he composes and arranges hits like Rifle fins and goggles / Look like rocking, Abbronzatissima, Hully gully in 10 / Sul cucuzzolo, Sapore di sale by Gino Paoli, Se phoning.

The collaboration with Sergio Leone

From 1964 he began his collaboration with Sergio Leone, a schoolmate since elementary school. A partnership that begins with For a Fistful of Dollars (1964), for which he won his first Silver Ribbon in 1965, and ends with Once Upon a Time in America (1984). In between For a few dollars more, The good, the bad, the ugly, Once upon a time in the West, Down your head. The first nomination for an Oscar came in 1979 for the soundtrack of I giorni del cielo. Mission, The Untouchables will follow. Malena, Once upon a time in America.

On February 25, 2007, after five unsuccessful applications, he was awarded the Oscar for Lifetime Achievement, accompanied by a standing ovation given to him by the audience. The actor Clint Eastwood, icon of Sergio Leone’s western films, gave him the prize. On February 28, 2016 he received the prestigious award for Best Soundtrack, composed for The Hateful Eight, a film by Quentin Tarantino.