Ennio Morricone

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Born: October 11, 1928; Rome, Italy  
A European who came to dominate the scoring of westerns, Ennio Morricone is a unique figure in the history of film music.

Morricone was born in Rome, the son of a jazz trumpet player, in 1928. He was a precocious musician, starting to compose at the age of six, and studied harmony and composition at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory. Post-war Italy didn't offer many opportunities for a serious composer, and Morricone worked in various jazz
Read more bands, as well as serving as a staff composer, arranger, and conductor on Italian radio and television. During the late 1950's, he landed a job as orchestrator and assistant to Nascio Nascimbene, then the leading composer in the Italian movie industry. Morricone began writing film scores in the early 1960's, but he first distinguished himself in the western field.

When U.S. studios' production of westerns slowed in the early 1960s, Italian (and Spanish) filmmakers stepped in to fill the gap, for the genre had lost none of its luster internationally. Morricone proved adept at writing memorable melodies with his first western, the Spanish-made Gringo, in 1963. His heavy style at that point emphasized the lower registers of the orchestra--cellos, basses, and brass--and often featured an orchestral "growl," a low dissonance that had been a favorite device of Dimitri Tiomkin. The song "A Gringo Like Me" closely followed the dramatic-pop western themes ("Gunfight At the O.K. Corral," "Rawhide") that Tiomkin had been writing for years with Frankie Laine in mind, with an added veneer of pseudo-operatic passion. InMorricone's second western score, Guns Don't Argue, he first hit on a distinctive style: the music emphasized melody more than beat, and had moments of flowing lyricism; it also introduced whistling and featured fairly prominent use of a guitar. That same year, Morricone was commissioned to write the music for A Fistful of Dollars, an Italian-made western by director Sergio Leone, based on Akira Kurosawa's samurai movie Yojimbo and starring Clint Eastwood.

This film, with its emphasis on violence, revenge, and duplicity and its minimal reliance on dialogue, was a new kind of western; it was hugely popular in both Europe and the U.S. Morricone's score featured whistling, flutes, electric guitars, jew's harp, and wordless choruses (and occasional choral grunts), along with the usual complement of strings, brass, and percussion, all hooked around haunting melodies. Two sequels followed, For A Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1966), each directed by Leone, starring Eastwood, and featuring Morricone's music. The latter was particularly bold, featuring choirs in sweeping, wordless flourishes, closer to Wagner than Delius but with Puccini-like lyricism, depicting the action and emotional content of the script.

Westerns comprised only a tiny part of Morricone's output, but they created a lasting demand for his work. He scored as many as eight or nine movies in a year, from offbeat westerns such as Two Mules For Sister Sara to modern crime dramas like Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, from controversial experiments like Pasolini's Salo to mainstream efforts like Brian DePalma's The Untouchables. Since the mid-1960's, Morricone's work has appeared in as many as 250 movies. He's received Academy Award nominations for his music in Terence Mallick's Days of Heaven (1978) and Roland Joffe's The Mission (1986). In the 1980's, his music received long-delayed recognition from outside the film music community when New York-based avant-garde saxophonist John Zorn used it as the basis for performances and recordings by jazz chamber ensemble, doing for Morricone what Miles Davis had previously done for Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter, and Victor Young, among others. Read less
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    Label: Notable, Inc.   Catalog: 23912 Release Date: 07/22/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lucio Dalla,  Stanislas Gastaldon,  Ernesto De Curtis,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Pasquale Esposito,  Mayssa Karaa,  Renato Serio,  Ettore Gatta
    Conductor:  Renato Serio
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    Label: Notable, Inc.   Catalog: 23911 Release Date: 07/22/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Lucio Dalla,  Ernesto De Curtis,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Ettore Gatta,  Mayssa Karaa,  Pasquale Esposito,  Renato Serio
    Conductor:  Renato Serio
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    My Favorite Trumpet Concertos / Hofbauer
    Label: Solo Musica   Catalog: 234 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Arutiunian,  Robert Planel,  Giuseppe Torelli,  Jan Krtitel Neruda  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Hofbauer
    Conductor:  Guido Mancusi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schloss Schonbrunn Orchester Wien
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    John Williams: The Complete Columbia Album Collection [58 CD + 1 DVD]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 309294 Release Date: 03/04/2016   Number of Discs: 59
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Isaac Albeniz,  Francisco Tarrega,  Joaquin Turina  ... 
    Performer:  John Williams,  Julian Bream,  Carlos Bonell,  Brian Gascoigne  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves,  Daniel Barenboim,  John Williams,  Louis Frémaux  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta,  String Orchestra  ... 
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    Morricone Conducts Morricone
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 25469 Release Date: 01/22/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ennio Morricone
    Performer:  Gilda Butta,  Susanna Rigacci,  Ulrich Herkenhoff
    Conductor:  Ennio Morricone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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    Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone [Vinyl]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875132631 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ennio Morricone
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma
    Conductor:  Ennio Morricone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra
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    Label: Planetworks   Catalog: 8836 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ennio Morricone
    Conductor:  Ennio Morricone
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    Cinema / Andrea Bocelli
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4811885 Release Date: 10/23/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Maurice Jarre,  Henry Mancini,  Nicholas Brodszky  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Veronica Berti,  Ariana Grande
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    Cinema [deluxe Edition]
    Label: Verve   Catalog: 4812050 Release Date: 10/23/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Maurice Jarre,  Henry Mancini,  Nicholas Brodszky  ... 
    Performer:  Nicole Scherzinger,  Veronica Berti,  Ariana Grande
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    Serenade - The Love Album / Anne Akiko Meyers
    Label: eOne   Catalog: 7792 Release Date: 09/18/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Ennio Morricone,  David Raskin,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers
    Conductor:  Keith Lockhart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    The Genius of Film Music
    Label: Lpo   Catalog: 86 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alfred Newman,  Alex North,  Nino Rota,  Franz Waxman  ... 
    Conductor:  John Mauceri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Vol D'ete
    Label: Vde-gallo   Catalog: 1427 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditionnel Klezmer,  Miroslav Tadic,  Gyula Csik,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Trio Bella Terra
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Bella Terra
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    Label: Planetworks   Catalog: 8895 Release Date: 07/07/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ennio Morricone
    Performer:  Larry Hopkins,  Alan Howarth
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    Detours: Music For Percussion & Piano
    Label: Big Round Records   Catalog: 8938 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ennio Morricone,  Howard Shore,  Paul Desmond,  Sean Beeson
    Performer:  Joel Goodfellow,  Cesar Aguilar 'El Gullo',  Joe Porter
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    Five Sax At The Movies
    Label: Orlando Records (Classical)   Catalog: 16 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leroy Shield,  Nino Rota,  Ennio Morricone,  Michael Giacchino  ... 
    Performer:  Rupert Struber,  Jacek Obstarczyk,  Mariam Vardzelashvili,  Zoltan Kiss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Five Sax
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    Die 12 Cellisten Der Berliner Philharmoniker: Recordings 1978-2010
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 620749 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Gabriel Fauré,  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  David Delacroix,  Jocelyn B. Smith,  Hans-Dieter Lorenz,  Franz Schindelbeck  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Halsey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic,  Berlin Radio Chorus members
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    Wonders / The Piano Guys
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 308780 Release Date: 10/07/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  One Direction,  Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez,  The Piano Guys,  Eric Clapton  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Piano Guys
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    Awakening / Jackie Evancho
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 308742 Release Date: 09/23/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Ennio Morricone,  Rick Allison,  Johan Oberholzer  ... 
    Performer:  Jackie Evancho
    Conductor:  Nicholas Dodd,  Richard Cottle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Concert Orchestra,  Budapest City Choir
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    Escape to Paradise - The Hollywood Album / Daniel Hope
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002145302 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Miklós Rózsa,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Hanns Eisler  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Hope,  Maria Todtenhaupt,  Sting,  Jacques Ammon  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Shelley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra,  Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin Quartet,  Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin Quintet
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    Fat Man & Little Boy [limited Edition]
    Label: La-la Land Records   Catalog: 1196 Release Date: 08/26/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ennio Morricone
    Conductor:  Ennio Morricone
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    Saxophone Cinema
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 101852 Release Date: 06/24/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ennio Morricone,  John Barry,  Bernard Herrmann,  Michael Nyman  ... 
    Conductor:  Milan Turkovic
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Selmer Saxharmonic
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  • 22.
    Essential Ennio Morricone
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002063802 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ennio Morricone,  Andrea Morricone
    Performer:  Dulce Pontes,  Sissel,  Charlotte Kinder,  David Garrett  ... 
    Conductor:  Ennio Morricone,  Derek Wadsworth,  Ettore Stratta,  Nic Raine  ... 
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  • 23.
    Play It Again: Classic Sound Of Hollywood
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 303384 Release Date: 04/01/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Waxman,  Dimitri Tiomkin,  Daniele Amfitheatrof,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Gerhardt,  Maurice Jarre,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Elmer Bernstein  ... 
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    Music For Van Dyck - Chansons And Madrigals From The 16th & The 20th C. / Ring Around Quartet
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802171 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Clément Janequin,  Ennio Morricone,  Josquin Des Préz,  Orlando de Lassus  ... 
    Performer:  Silvio [Bass Vocal] Papini
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    Blanc / Angele Dubeau, La Pieta
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 28737 Release Date: 03/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Garry Schyman,  Osvaldo Golijov,  Adrian Munsey,  Marjan Mozetich  ... 
    Performer:  Angčle Dubeau
    Conductor:  Angčle Dubeau
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta
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