Ennio Morricone 1928-2020

Another great has fallen – the incomparable composer, Ennio Morricone. He died in Rome on July 6 at age 91, having earned the title of the world’s most prolific composer for film and television – approximately 500 scores over 50 years. Six times he was nominated for an Oscar: for “Days of Heaven,” “The Mission,” “The Untouchables,” “Bugsy,” “Malena” and “The Hateful Eight,” for which he won. In 2006 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences presented him with an honorary Oscar for “his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music.” His early work included the wildly popular spaghetti westerns and the unforgettable music of “Cinema Paradiso.” MHz Choice viewers will remember him for the amazing soundtrack he wrote for “The Octopus.”

His scores became classics by themselves. RIP, Ennio.

Ennio Morricone image used by permission, Getty Images.

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