Ennio Morricone, the iconic composer of Spaghetti Westerns & other classic films, passes away at 91

Updated: Jul 6, 2020

Ennio Morricone was an Italian composer of over 400 films, orchestrator, conductor, and trumpet player whose music has played throughout our cinematic history and into one of the most prolific composers of all time.

Today on July 6, 2020, Morricone died at the Università Campus Bio-Medico in Rome due to his injuries sustained during a fall. His lawer, Giorgio Assumma, confirming the death, mentioned Morricone was sent in last week after having fallen and fractured his femur.

Younger audiences may recognize Morricone's more recent work in Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" (2016) in which he won the Academy Award for Best Original Score.

To many though, Morricone was the sound and soul of the Spaghetti Western genre. He scored almost all of Sergio Leone's films including "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (1966), "A Fistful of Dollars" (1964) and "Once Upon a Time in the West" (1968).

Morricone was also the composer of classic films such as "The Untouchables" (1987), "Cinema Paradiso" (1988), John Carpenter's "The Thing" (1982) and many, many more. He's also worked with the other great name in Spaghetti Westerns; Sergio Corbucci on films such as "Navajo Joe" (1966), "The Great Silence" aka "Il Grande Silenzio" (1968) and "The Mercenary" aka "Il Mercenario" (1968) which was a Zapata Western film also by Corbucci.

His record of films he has scored goes on and on. Whether you've seen his films he's composed or not, his music still rings throughout pop culture ranging from the opening scene of "Jackass Number Two" (2006), "Assassination Nation" (2018), "Baby Driver" (2017), "Split" (2016), "Kick-Ass" (2010) as well as television's "Breaking Bad" (2008-2013), "Chuck" (2007-2012), "The Simpsons" (1989-), and "The Sopranos" (1999-2007) again ... just to name a few.

Ennio Morricone will live on in cinema and in our hearts. His music has orchestrated the lives of many and influenced the sound of film and music in more ways than not.

To Mr. Morricone,

gratzie 🇮🇹

- Sam Gall

Sergio Leone (left) & Ennio Morricone (right)

Quentin Tarantino (left) & Ennio Morricone (right)

Ennio Morricone composing

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