He's best known for inventing the Spaghetti Western sound, but in Morricone's own estimation, it only accounted for "maybe seven-and-a-half or 8 per cent" of what he produced overall.
Italian composer-conductor Ennio Morricone in the piano.
The musical maestro composed more than 400 scores for cinema and television, as well as over 100 classical works. He was born in Rome in 1928, writing his first composition at the age of six. Subsequently, he worked with Pop artists also.
Though Morricone may be best known for his music for westerns, he is "disturbed when people think about me as a specialist in music for westerns: they are only a relatively small percentage of the music I've written".
Morricone, left, accepts an honorary Oscar for his contributions to the art of film music as director Clint Eastwood looks on during the 79th Academy Awards telecast in Los Angeles. Together, they created timeless masterpieces, with Morricone's score to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly still considered to be one of the most influential soundtracks in history. On Monday, July 6 the legendary musician died.
From then on Morricone ghost wrote for films-with credit going under already acclaimed composers-arranged for RCA Victor, and was a studio musician for jazz musicians.
Minutes in advance of handing Morricone the Oscar for lifetime accomplishment in 2007, Eastwood recalled hearing for the initially time the rating of A Fistful of Bucks and pondering: "What actor wouldn't want to ride into city with that form of audio participating in powering him?" "I've had him write the music before shooting, really as a part of the screenplay itself".
The Italian composer was one of the greats of 20th-century cinema.
Leone, who died in 1989, described Morricone's music as "indispensable", saying it "underlines actions and feelings more than the dialogue".
The Cardinal went on to say that there was always a religious and spiritual dimension to the composer's music, whether he was scoring a film like "The Mission" or a western.
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