Hugely influential and respected composer Ennio Morricone, known as The Maestro, has died at 91.
The legendary Italian composer, whose many credits include The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, Cinema Paradiso, Days of Heaven, The Mission, The Untouchables, The Thing (1982) and The Hateful Eight, has sadly died in Rome from complications of a fall last week that broke his femur. It’s a huge loss to the worlds of both screen and music.
Morricone worked as a composer on over 500 film, television and theatre projects throughout his incredible career, which spanned from the late ’50s all the way through until his death. IMDB even has Morricone credited as composer on a planned animated film The Canterville Ghost, a project that’s in pre-production.
He was a trumpeter in jazz bands in the ’40s before working as a studio arranger and then moving onto ghost writing for both cinema and stage. He went to primary with one Sergio Leone, who would go on to become a renowned filmmaker that would help make Morricone a big name in the world of cinema.
Morricone composed all of Leone’s films from A Fistful of Dollars onwards, including Once Upon a Time in the West and Once Upon a Time in America, and was also behind the music of Giuseppe Tornatore’s films, including Cinema Paradiso, Malena and The Legend of 1900.
Morricone was nominated for six Academy Awards, winning his first and only Oscar for Best Original Score (he earned an Honourary Oscar in 2007) for his penultimate feature film, Quentin Tarantino’s 2015 western The Hateful Eight.
Also among the great composer’s list of credits: Fateless, Ripley’s Game, Mission to Mars, Bulworth, Lolita (1997), U Turn, Disclosure, Wolf, In the Line of Fire, Bugsy, Casualties of War and Frantic.
The tributes are beginning to pour out:
First, here’s what renowned composer Hans Zimmer had to say…
— Antonio Banderas (@antoniobanderas) July 6, 2020
We're very sad to learn of the death of one of the all-time greats, Ennio Morricone.
Here's what he wrote in our visitor book (and a translation) at his first Hall performance back in 2003.
Rest in peace, Ennio, and thank you for the music. pic.twitter.com/1z3Zit11jP
— Royal Albert Hall (@RoyalAlbertHall) July 6, 2020
Ennio Morricone. You always know when it's a Morricone score, even before you see his name. With just a few notes he evokes images of a whole genre. There aren't any others like him. One of the titans is gone.
— C. Robert Cargill (@Massawyrm) July 6, 2020
Where to even begin with iconic composer Ennio Morricone? He could make an average movie into a must see, a good movie into art, and a great movie into legend. He hasn't been off my stereo my entire life. What a legacy of work he leaves behind. RIP. https://t.co/qZX6qE10ke
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) July 6, 2020
Shocked to know Ennio Morricone has passed away.. RIP.
I just bought the OST of “The Legend of 1900”.
I used his music “Here’s To You” sing by Joan Baez for MGS V: Ground Zeroes, the song used in the film “Sacco e Vanzetti”. pic.twitter.com/NlBELRvxfz
— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) July 6, 2020