Remembering Musical Genius Ennio Morricone
It is with deep sorrow we bid farewell to iconic Italian maestro and Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone who died aged 91. Born in Rome in 1928, Morricone began composing at the young age of six. He enrolled in a trumpet program at the prestigious Saint Cecilia Conservatory when he was just 10 years old.
In a career spanning six decades, he composed the scores for more than 500 films and TV productions, including his iconic compositions for some of the most famed spaghetti westerns like Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and A Fistful of Dollars, in addition to his score for Roland Joffe's The Mission, which is considered by many critics to be his cinematic masterpiece and was part of Cinema in Concert’s Hits of Hollywood segment during the 3rd edition of GFF.
Morricone’s filmography includes over 70 award-winning films; all Sergio Leone's films since A Fistful of Dollars, all Giuseppe Tornatore's films since Cinema Paradiso, Once Upon a Time in America, the French comedy trilogy La Cage aux Folles I, II, III and Le Professionnel, to name a few.
Through his career, Morricone won two Golden Globes, four Grammys and received five Academy Award nominations for his compositions for Days of Heaven, The Mission, The Untouchables, Bugsy and Malena. He accepted a lifetime achievement Oscar in 2007 and won his first competitive Oscar for Best Film Score in 2016 for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, for which he also won a Golden Globe.