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Ennio Morricone

Composer, Orchestrator, Conductor, Musician, Producer

Ennio Morricone (10 November 1928 – 6 July 2020) was an Italian classical composer famous for making movie scores. He has composed the scores for more than 500 movies and television programs. He was well known for composing the scores to Western movies, particularly Spaghetti Westerns. In 2007 he received the Honorary Academy Award for his many great movie scores. In his career, the composer sold over 50 million records worldwide.

Married Yes
Children Yes, 4.

Curiosities

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Information source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ennio_Morricone.

Ennio' wife, Maria Travia

Ennio married Maria Travia On 13 October 1956, whom he had met in 1950. They had three sons and a daughter.

First compositions

Morricone wrote his first compositions when he was six years old and was encouraged to develop his natural talents.

First film scores

After graduating in 1954, Morricone started to write and arrange music as a ghost writer for films credited to already well-known composers, while also arranging for many light music orchestras of the RAI television network, working especially with Armando Trovajoli, Alessandro Cicognini and Carlo Savina. He occasionally adopted Anglicized pseudonyms, such as Dan Savio and Leo Nichols.

The earliest scores

Morricone's earliest scores were Italian light comedy and costume pictures, where he learned to write simple, memorable themes.

A turning point

The turning point in Morricone's career took place in 1964, the year in which his third child, Andrea Morricone, who would also become a film composer, was born. Film director Sergio Leone hired Morricone, and together they created a distinctive score to accompany Leone's different version of the Western, A Fistful of Dollars (1964).

Once Upon a Time in the West

Morricone's score for Once Upon a Time in the West is one of the best-selling original instrumental scores in the world today, with up to 10 million copies sold.

Works

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Morricone 60

2016

Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone

2010

The Mission: Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture

1992

Ennio Morricone conducts Morricone - His Greatest Hits

2016

The Best of Ennio Morricone

2019

A Fistful Of Film Music: The Ennio Morricone Anthology

1995

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

2006

The Legendary Italian Westerns

1990

400

+ Scores

100

+ Classical works

85

Years making music

70

+ Million records sold

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Nuno F Silva

My deepest gratitude to Ennio, who turned this ugly world in something a little more beautiful. Rest in peace.