Ennio Morricone

Biography

Date of Birth 10 November 1928, Rome, Italy Mini Biography A classmate of director Sergio Leone with whom he would form one of the great director/composer partnerships (right up there with Eisenstein & Prokofiev, Hitchcock & Herrmann, Fellini & Rota), Ennio Morricone studied at Rome's Santa Cecilia Conservatory, where he specialized in trumpet. His first film scores were relatively undistinguished, but he was hired by Leone for A Fistful of Dollars (1964) on the strength of some of his song arrangements. His score for that film, with its sparse arrangements, unorthodox instrumentation (bells, electric guitars, harmonicas, the distinctive twang of the jew's harp) and memorable tunes, revolutionized the way music would be used in Westerns, and it is hard to think of a post-Morricone Western score that doesn't in some way reflect his influence. Although his name will always be synonymous with the spaghetti Western, Morricone has also contributed to a huge range of other film genres: comedies, dramas, thrillers, horror films, romances, art movies, exploitation movies -making him one of the film world's most versatile artists. He has written nearly 400 film scores, so a brief summary is impossible, but his most memorable work includes the Leone films, Gillo Pontecorvo 's The Battle of Algiers (1966) , Roland Joffé's The Mission (1986), Brian De Palma's The Untouchables (1987) and Giuseppe Tornatore's Cinema Paradiso (1988), plus a rare example of sung opening credits for Pier Paolo Pasolini's The Hawks and the Sparrows (1966). It must be stressed that he is *not* behind the work of the entirely separate composers Bruno Nicolai and Nicola Piovani despite allegations made by more than one supposedly reputable film guide!

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Birth Name

Ennio Morricone

Birth Place

Rome, Lazio, Italie

Birth Date

11/10/1928

Death Date

7/6/2020
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Ennio Morricone - Arena Concerto

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Sad Hill Unearthed

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Pier Paolo Pasolini - Una Visione Nuova

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Adolfo Celi, un Uomo per due Culture

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Elio Petri: Notes on a Filmmaker

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Sergio Leone - L'italiano che inventò l'America

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The Spaghetti West - An IFC Original Documentary

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Sergio Leone, une Amérique de Légende

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Stanno tutti bene: Estamos todos bien

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L'ultimo Gattopardo: Ritratto di Goffredo Lombardo

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Sergio Leone - L'italiano che inventò l'America

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Pier Paolo Pasolini - Una Visione Nuova

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The Glance of Music

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Sergio Leone, une Amérique de Légende

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Sad Hill Unearthed

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Score: A Film Music Documentary

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L'ultimo Gattopardo: Ritratto di Goffredo Lombardo

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Adolfo Celi, un Uomo per due Culture

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The Spaghetti West - An IFC Original Documentary

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Elio Petri: Notes on a Filmmaker

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Ennio Morricone - Arena Concerto

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Stanno tutti bene: Estamos todos bien

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Lulu the Tool

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