It is with a very heavy heart indeed that I bring you the news that Ennio Morricone has died at aged 91 in a Rome hospital early this morning of complications after he broke his leg in a fall. Morricone is one of my favourite composers of all time; even in my late teens, I fell in love with his music and would watch some films purely because he scored them. In a hugely prolific career which included just over 400 scores for films of every single genre, Morricone is perhaps still best known for the iconic music he wrote for Sergio Leone’s films – most notably The Good The Bad And The Ugly and Once Upon A Time In The West – and many others in the ‘spaghetti western’ genre which he basically created the musical sound for, but he’s also responsible for the scores for countless other great movies including The Thing, The Mission and Cinema Paradiso. I’m a particular fan of his giallo scores where he was usually able to combine perhaps his two most definable styles; pieces of incredible profound beauty, and atonal, angry music which disturbs and haunts the soul.
RIP Ennio. Thank goodness I was able to attend one of your last concerts.