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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  • 26.
    Music From The Movies / Katherine Jenkins
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001790802 Release Date: 12/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alan Silvestri,  Bryan Adams,  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Ennio Morricone  ... 
    Performer:  Katherine Jenkins
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    The Ultimate Collection: Katherine Jenkins
    Label: K2 Hd   Catalog: 744 Release Date: 12/04/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Sartori,  Leonard Cohen,  Dolly Parton,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Katherine Jenkins,  Keith Scott,  John Parricelli,  Rhys Meirion  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas Dodd,  Anthony Inglis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcadian Ensemble
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    A Time For Us / Dubeau, La Pieta
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 28736 Release Date: 11/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nino Rota,  John T. Williams,  Ennio Morricone,  John Barry  ... 
    Performer:  Angèle Dubeau
    Conductor:  Angèle Dubeau
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta
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  • 29.
    Classical Album 2013
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 1206561 Release Date: 11/27/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  André Rieu,  Paul Mealor,  Francesco Sartori,  Ennio Morricone  ... 
    Performer:  André Rieu,  Katherine Jenkins,  Russell Watson,  Milos Karadaglic  ... 
    Conductor:  Gareth Malone,  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Escala
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  • 30.
    Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota: The Mafia Movies
    Label: Recording Arts   Catalog: 1900215 Release Date: 11/09/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ennio Morricone,  Nino Rota,  Pietro Mascagni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Solisti del Cinema Italiano
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    Movie Magic: Epics & Westerns / Carl Davis, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1934 Release Date: 10/16/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Francis Lai,  Maurice Jarre,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Conductor:  Carl Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 32.
    Cellocinema / Cello Project
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 12220 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nino Rota,  Tom Waits,  Bernard Herrmann,  Astor Piazzolla  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cello Project
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  • 33.
    Morricone Uncovered
    Label: Perseverance   Catalog: 56 Release Date: 09/18/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ennio Morricone
    Performer:  Romina Arena,  Marcello Giordani
    Conductor:  Gabor Hollerung
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    The 12 Cellists Of The Berlin Philharmonic - 40th Anniversary Concert
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059318 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Julius Klengel,  Jean Françaix,  Astor Piazzolla,  Henry Bourtayre  ... 
    Performer:  Annette Dasch,  Till Bronner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
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    The 12 Cellists Of The Berlin Philharmonic - 40th Anniversary Concert [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059314 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Julius Klengel,  Jean Françaix,  Astor Piazzolla,  Henry Bourtayre  ... 
    Performer:  Annette Dasch,  Till Bronner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
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    Orpheus: The Glory Of The Welsh Male Choir Tradition
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4764951 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Andraé Crouch,  Joseph Parry,  Claude-Michel Schönberg,  Pete St. John  ... 
    Performer:  Leslie Ryan,  Peter Williams,  Rhydian Dafydd Davies,  Catrin [Soprano (Vocal)] Aur  ... 
    Conductor:  Joy Amman Davies
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    Concerto: One Night In Central Park / Andrea Bocelli [DVD]
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 001610309 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Franz Schubert,  Umberto Giordano,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Ana Maria Martinez,  Bryn Terfel,  Pretty Yende  ... 
    Conductor:  Alan Gilbert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 38.
    The Essential Collection
    Label: Warner Music   Catalog: 65864 Release Date: 05/15/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ben Moody,  Traditional,  Eric Levisalles,  Nino Rota  ... 
    Performer:  Katherine Jenkins,  Andrea Bocelli,  Chris Botti
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    Cinema Serenade [k2hd]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7332 Release Date: 03/20/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Quincy Jones,  Carlos Gardel,  Michel Legrand,  Luis Enriquez Bacalov  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  John T. Williams
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  • 40.
    Yo-yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone [k2hd]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7485 Release Date: 03/20/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ennio Morricone
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma,  Gilda Butta
    Conductor:  Ennio Morricone
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  • 41.
    The Fabulous Film Themes [3 CD Set]
    Label: United Multimedia   Catalog: 63242 Release Date: 03/06/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Henry Mancini,  Leonard Bernstein,  Francis Lai,  Leonard Rosenman  ... 
    Performer:  London Studio Orchestra
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  • 42.
    A Time For Us / Dubeau, La Pieta [Bilingual]
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 28733 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nino Rota,  John T. Williams,  Ennio Morricone,  John Barry  ... 
    Performer:  Angèle Dubeau
    Conductor:  Angèle Dubeau
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta
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    Both Sides, Now / Hakan Hardenberger, Kenneth Sillito, Academy Of St Martin In The Fields
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1814 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Joni Mitchell,  Richard Rodgers,  Saint-Preux  ... 
    Performer:  Roland Pöntinen
    Conductor:  Kenneth Sillito
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 44.
    Classical Hits Of The Cinema
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 30756 Release Date: 01/24/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Alfred Newman,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Gustav Mahler,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Frank Peter Zimmermann,  Piotr Anderszewski,  Christian Zacharias
    Conductor:  Paul Bateman,  Lorin Maazel,  Andrew Litton,  Piotr Anderszewski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 45.
    Angels & Demons / Buzbee, Debow
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1328 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Reed,  Barbara York,  John Stevens,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Timothy Buzbee,  Faith Debow
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  • 46.
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 381205 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Danny Elfman,  Paul Lavender,  Carlos Gardel,  Hans Zimmer  ... 
    Performer:  Sergej Synelnikov,  Juliane Sigler
    Conductor:  Stefan Fraas
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  • 47.
    Glory! Music Of Rejoicing / Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 5063064 Release Date: 12/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mack Wilberg,  Traditional,  John Rutter,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Performer:  Stanford Olsen
    Conductor:  Mack Wilberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  Orchestra at Temple Square
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  • 48.
    Concerto: One Night In Central Park / Andrea Bocelli
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 001597702 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Franz Schubert,  Umberto Giordano,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Ana Maria Martinez,  Bryn Terfel,  Pretty Yende  ... 
    Conductor:  Alan Gilbert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 49.
    Concerto: One Night In Central Park / Andrea Bocelli [CD & DVD]
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 001610000 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Franz Schubert,  Umberto Giordano,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Ana Maria Martinez,  Bryn Terfel,  Pretty Yende  ... 
    Conductor:  Alan Gilbert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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    Concerto: One Night In Central Park / Andrea Bocelli [Blu-ray]
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 2787792 Release Date: 11/14/2011  
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Franz Schubert,  Umberto Giordano,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Ana Maria Martinez,  Bryn Terfel,  Pretty Yende  ... 
    Conductor:  Alan Gilbert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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