Ennio Morricone on Once Upon a Time in America

Ennio Morricone’s association with filmmaker Sergio Leone goes back to 1964 when he wrote the groundbreaking music for Leone’s equally groundbreaking western, A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS. Leone’s film, and Morricone’s eclectic music, paved the way for the unique style of Italian westerns which has been oft imitated. Morricone has written the music for all of...

Ennio Morricone: The Apologetics of Film Music

In December 1988, Teatro Regio of Turin had, as its guest conductor, Ennio Morricone, who directed the symphonic orchestra and chorus in a brief concert of 35 minutes. The concert, titled “Accordamento” (Tuning the Orchestra), had been organized by a private society and therefore was presented for a very selected audience. The opening music was, at first...

Ennio Morricone

Even for those who only go to the movies once or twice a year, the name of Ennio Morricone should bring back good memories. Composer of more than 400 film scores during a career that spans over 40 years (so far), Morricone entered musical legend by composing unforgettable themes to such films as ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST and THE MISSION.