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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 10 November 1928Rome, Lazio, Italy

Mini Bio (1)

A classmate of director Sergio Leone with whom he would form one of the great director/composer partnerships (right up there with Eisenstein & Prokofiev, Hitchcock & Herrmann, Fellini & Rota), Ennio Morricone studied at Rome's Santa Cecilia Conservatory, where he specialized in trumpet. His first film scores were relatively undistinguished, but he was hired by Leone for A Fistful of Dollars (1964) on the strength of some of his song arrangements. His score for that film, with its sparse arrangements, unorthodox instrumentation (bells, electric guitars, harmonicas, the distinctive twang of the jew's harp) and memorable tunes, revolutionized the way music would be used in Westerns, and it is hard to think of a post-Morricone Western score that doesn't in some way reflect his influence. Although his name will always be synonymous with the spaghetti Western, Morricone has also contributed to a huge range of other film genres: comedies, dramas, thrillers, horror films, romances, art movies, exploitation movies - making him one of the film world's most versatile artists. He has written nearly 400 film scores, so a brief summary is impossible, but his most memorable work includes the Leone films, Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers (1966) , Roland Joffé's The Mission (1986), Brian De Palma's The Untouchables (1987) and Giuseppe Tornatore's Cinema Paradiso (1988), plus a rare example of sung opening credits for Pier Paolo Pasolini's The Hawks and the Sparrows (1966).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

Spouse (1)

Maria Travia (13 October 1956 - present) (4 children)

Trade Mark (3)

Frequently uses female voices as instruments blended with his lush orchestrations
Composes music for Sergio Leone's films
Heavy use of trumpets and classical guitar

Trivia (13)

Father of Marco, Alessandra, Andrea Morricone and Giovanni Morricone.
Heavy-metal band Metallica starts their shows with Morricone's instrumental "The Ecstasy Of Gold" (from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)) before appearing on stage.
It's been felt by some that he was deprived of a possible Academy Award when the U.S. distributor of Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America (1984) failed to file the paperwork so the score could be considered for nomination. This score is still regarded as one of his best.
Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1984.
Refuses to move to Hollywood despite being offered a villa by a studio.
Studied at the Conservatory of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia.
Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 1992.
Has worked with director Sergio Leone in numerous films, in fact, it was Leone's trademark to work with Morricone.
Supporter of the Italian center-left Democratic Party (PD) led by Walter Veltroni.
After more than 40 years of working with Clint Eastwood, Morricone's speech was translated from Italian to English by him at the 2007 Oscars.
Frequently uses Edda Dell'Orso to provide haunting wordless vocals on his film scores.
He composed the official theme for the Argentina '78 World Cup.
Co-wrote "It couldn't happen here" with the British pop duo Pet Shop Boys for their 1987 album "Actually".

Personal Quotes (2)

I'm not linked to one genre or another. I like to change, so there's no risk of getting bored. I enjoy all sorts of films and I don't consider myself a horror fan, although I do like Dario Argento's and John Carpenter's movies.
You can't save a bad movie with a good score.

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