Composers

How Ennio Morricone changed the music in cinema (part 2)

Ennio Morricone once told The Guardian that after being impressed with this new style, director Sergio Leone asked him to continue using it in the following films – For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The director sometimes does not cut scenes so that the music can run through. This contributes to the characteristic slow tempo of Leone cowboy movies, according to the New York Times.

The theme song for Morricone’s 1966 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, featuring wolf, pounding drums, electric guitar and singer Edda Dell’Orso’s voice, quickly became a hit. worldwide, reaching number one in the UK in 1968.

Although best known for the soundtracks for the Spaghetti Western franchise, Morricone hates the term, according to the Independent. He does not want people to remember only works in the Far West, saying it is only a percentage of his total work for the screen. He wrote music for many genres of movies, and his music styles varied.

According to Independent, Morricone’s talent lies in his ability to write songs that illuminate the film in a strange angle. For example, in Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Morricone cleverly connects the melody of the saxophone sound to the guitar accompaniment of The Beatles’ Yesterday, signaling a subtle time shift. This scene and the way of transferring music impressed composer Hans Zimmer – who claimed on Gramophone Morricone and Leone made him decide to take up the career of composing film.

In Days of Heaven (1978), melodious music emphasizes love triangle. The track gave Ennio Morricone his first Oscar nomination. With The Mission (1986) set in the Brazilian rainforest, he used the national horns of indigenous peoples and European instruments to clarify the conflict between the two cultures. The composer used regular drums alternating dramatic piano notes in The Untouchables (1987) to heighten the clash between agent Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) and tycoon Al Capone (Robert De Niro) in Chicago in the 1930s. Both films earned him Oscar nominations, along with Grammy and Golden Globe Awards.

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