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“Working for the cinema has been a precious experience because it gave me the chance to experiment with my ideas, to listen to them performed by an orchestra, and then use them for a precise aim.”
The world lost a living legend today. Ennio Morricone, the Oscar winning composer, passed away this morning while at a clinic in Rome. The 91 year old suffered a broken femur from a fall days ago.
Morricone’s death was made public by his attorney, Giorgio Assumma, in a statement.
“[Morricone] died at dawn on 6 July in Rome with the comfort of faith. He preserved until the final moment full lucidity and great dignity. He said goodbye to his beloved wife Maria, who accompanied him with dedication in every moment of his human and professional life and was close to him until his final breath, and thanked his children and grandchildren for the love and care they have given him. He gave a touching remembrance to his audience, whose affectionate support always enabled him to draw strength for his creativity.”
His film credits include his collaborations with director Sergio Leone on The Man with No Name series and Once Upon a Time in the West. His impact on Hollywood cannot be denied, having scored films such as The Thing, The Battle of Algiers, and The Untouchables.
Quentin Tarantino used a lot of his music in his films to include Kill Bill, Inglorious Bastard and Django Unchained, which Morricone wrote an original song for. He also composed the soundtrack for the The Hateful Eight, garnering his first Oscar win (not including his lifetime achievement award).
Blockbuster staple, Hans Zimmer, was “devastated by Morricone’s death and said this of the composer’s passing:
“… Ennio was an icon and icons just don’t go away, icons are forever … his music was always outstanding, and done with great emotional fortitude and great intellectual thought”.
Morricone wrote for over 400 films, both Italian and American. He will be missed. Let us know in the comments below what your favorite Morricone tracks are.
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