Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone, Grand Officer OMRI, (born November 10, 1928) is an Italian composer and conductor.

For over half a century he has composed music for more than 400 motion pictures including some award-winning film scores as well as several symphonic and choral pieces. He wrote the characteristic film scores of Leone’s Spaghetti Westerns A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) and Once Upon a Time in the West (1968). In the 80s and 90s, Morricone composed the considerable scores for Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Joffé’s The Mission (1986), De Palma’s The Untouchables (1987), Zeffirelli’s Hamlet (1990), and Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso (1988) and The Legend of 1900 (1998).

Morricone composed for science fiction and horror films such as Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), Orca (1977), John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982), Wolf (1994), and Mission to Mars (2000).

His more recent compositions include the scores for Malèna (2000), Fateless (2005), and Baaria – La porta del vento (2009).

Morricone has received two Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, five BAFTAs during 1979–1992, seven David di Donatello, eight Nastro d’Argento, and the Polar Music Prize in 2010. In 2007, he received the Academy Honorary Award “for his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music”.[1] The composer also has been nominated for five Oscars in the category of Best Original Score during 1979–2001, but has never won competitively.


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Frequently uses female voices as instruments blended with his lush orchestrations



Father of Marco, Alessandra, Andrea Morricone and Giovanni Morricone.

Heavy-metal band Metallica starts their shows with Morricone’s instrumental “The Ecstasy Of Gold” (from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)) before appearing on stage.

It’s been felt by some that he was deprived of a possible Academy Award when the U.S. distributor of Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America (1984) failed to file the paperwork so the score could be considered for nomination. This score is still regarded as one of his best.

Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1984

Refuses to move to Hollywood despite being offered a villa by a studio.

Studied at the Conservatory of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia.

Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 1992.

Has worked with director Sergio Leone in numerous films, in fact, it was Leone’s trademark to work with Morricone.

Supporter of the Italian center-left Democratic Party (PD) led by Walter Veltroni.

After more than 40 years of working with Clint Eastwood, Morricone’s speech was translated from Italian to English by him at the 2007 Oscars.

Frequently uses Edda Dell’Orso to provide haunting wordless vocals on his film scores.

He composed the official theme for the Argentina ’78 World Cup.

Co-wrote “It couldn’t happen here” with the British pop duo Pet Shop Boys for their 1987 album “Actually”.



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