Composers

How Ennio Morricone changed the music in cinema (part 1)

Director Sergio Leone repeatedly did not cut scenes, so that the score of Ennio Morricone could be played in cowboy movies.

When composer Ennio Morricone died at the age of 91 on July 6, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte shared that his music made us dreamer, the emotions and thoughts in those notes will never be erased. in the history of music and cinema. The film awards ceremony Nastro d’Argento 7/7 evening is dedicated to his honor. Actor Robert Benigni presented his award to Morricone, thanking the composer for making Italy resonate around the world.

Among filmmakers outside of Italy, director Edgar Wright was one of the first people to thank Ennio Morricone on Twitter. According to him, Ennio can turn an average film into a must-see film, a good movie into an art film and a great movie into a legend. His music has never disappeared from his speakers. Actor Antonio Banderas, composer Daniel Pemberton, singer Chance the Rapper and many other artists also pay tribute to him.

For film enthusiasts, Morricone is a prestigious name no less than the leading director or actor. Starting to compose in 1946, he collaborated with many mature directors such as Bernardo Bertolucci, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Terrence Malick, Brian De Palma, Mike Nichols, John Carpenter, Quentin Tarantino. His famous films include Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), The Untouchables (1987), Cinema Paradiso (1988), The Hateful Eight (2015), etc.

The peak of Morricone was the compositions for the 1960s Spaghetti Westerns film. It was a classmate and director Sergio Leone asked Morricone to write music for A Fistful of Dollars. This is the first of a three-part Dollars movie starring Clint Eastwood. Instead of traditional guitars like old cowboy movies, Morricone incorporates a variety of wind instruments such as ocarina flutes and Jewish harps, alternating electronic guitar and sounds like whistles and human voices. . The BBC commented that the combination of these sounds underscores the emptiness of the surrounding landscape and the brutal reality depicted in the film.

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