Bit of light listening for the mood…
The Good: ECSTASY OF DEATH
The Bad: ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE MORGUE
And the Ugly: THE GOOD, THE DEAD AND THE UGLY.
Alongside John Williams, Ennio Morricone was the stand out name in film music of the 20th Century. He became known worldwide after his work on the Sergio Leone Man With No Name trilogy in the 1960s, producing timeless pieces of music which need little introduction. You can all hum the theme to The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, or the climatic drama of The Ecstasy of Gold. He worked frequently with Leone, as well as Michelangelo Antonini, and several times with Italian horror maestro Dario Argento, including acclaimed thriller The Bird With the Crystal Plumage. He was a huge influence on John Carpenters musical work, and Carpenter got Morricone to work on The Thing. His work on Once Upon a Time in America led to The Untouchables, and the heavy Western themes of his work led to Quentin Tarantino referencing him several times, and using him as a the composer for The Hateful Eight. He could give away songs as evocative as Chi Mai like it was just another day in the office.
It seems somewhat of a crime that, despite being AFI rated as one of the greatest film composers to ever live, Ennio had to wait until he was 88 years old before he won an Oscar for his art. Three Six Mafia won an Oscar before Morricone. He won 4 Grammys, 3 Golden Globes, 6 BAFTAs, and countless compositional awards.
10 November 1928 – 6 July 2020