Died composer Ennio Morricone

Oscar-winning Italian film composer Ennio Morricone dies

Died composer Ennio Morricone

Died composer Ennio Morricone

The author of music for almost 500 films was 91 years old

One of the most famous film music composers, Ennio Morricone, died in Rome at the age of 91 on Monday.

He has composed music for nearly 500 films, including the spaghetti western of his childhood friend Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, filmed in 1966, and The Hateful Eight. Quentin Tarantino, for which he received an Oscar in 2016.

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Morricone died in hospital where he was treated for a fractured hip after a fall, lawyer and family friend Giorgio Assuma said..

Assuma reported that Morricone “died early in the morning of July 6, comforted by his faith.”.

He remained “fully conscious and retained great dignity to the end,” the statement said..

Soon after the announcement of the death of the maestro, many famous people paid tribute to him..

“We will always and with endless gratitude remember the artistic genius of maestro Ennio Morricone,” said Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

“He made us dream, he touched us and made us think, writing unforgettable notes that will forever remain in the history of music and cinema,” he tweeted.

Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza tweeted: “Farewell Maestro and thank you for the emotion you have given us.”.

Former director of the Cannes Film Festival Gilles Jacob calls the composer the “emperor” of film music.

Morricone was born on November 10, 1928 and began composing music when he was six years old, and at ten he already entered the trumpet school at the prestigious Conservatory of Saint Cecilia in Rome.

His film career began in 1961 with director Luciano Salce on Mission Ultra-secrete, but gained fame in 1964 with the soundtrack for A Fistful of Dollars with featuring Clint Eastwood.

Died composer Ennio Morricone

The Rome-born son of a trumpet player has been nominated for Oscars at least five times, but only won the Best Music for a Film in 2016. However, embarrassed by the fact that such a talent had not been previously recognized, the Oscar Academy in 2007 presented him with an award for outstanding contribution to cinema.

Previously, Morricone was nominated for an Oscar for the music for the films “Days of Heaven” (Days of Heaven, 1978), “Mission” (The Mission, 1986), “The Untouchables” (1987), “Bugsy” ( Bugsy, 1991) and “Malena” (Malena, 2000).

Although in the public consciousness he is most closely associated with the Westerns of Leone starring Eastwood, critics consider Morricone’s work for the Jesuit drama “Mission” by Roland Joffe to be his cinematic masterpiece, an epic and eclectic reflection of the musical melting pot of South America..

He also worked with some of the most famous filmmakers: Italian screen legends Federico Fellini and Pier Paolo Pasolini, and later Pedro Almodovar, Bernardo Bertolucci, Brian de Palma and Oliver Stone..

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