Composer Ennio Morricone passes away

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Italian composer and conductor Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91.

A prolific composer, Morricone created over 400 scores for cinema and television, as well as over 100 classical works. His score to the 1966 western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) is widely considered to be one of the most influential soundtracks in history.

Other film scores most all Sergio Leone films and Giuseppe Tornatore films, Dario Argento’s Animal Trilogy, 1900, Exorcist II, Days of Heaven, several major films in French cinema, as well as The Thing, The Mission, The Untouchables, Bugsy, Disclosure, In the Line of Fire and The Hateful Eight. His music has been reused in television series, including The Simpsons and The Sopranos.

After playing the trumpet in jazz bands in the 1940s, he became a studio arranger for RCA Victor and started ghost writing for film and theatre. Throughout his career, he has composed music for artists such as Paul Anka, Mina, Zucchero and Andrea Bocelli. 

In 1977, he composed the official theme for the 1978 FIFA World Cup.

In 2007, Morricone received the Academy Honorary Award “for his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music”. He was nominated for a further six Oscars and, in 2016, received his first competitive Academy Award for his score to Quentin Tarantino’s film The Hateful Eight, becoming the oldest person ever to win a competitive Oscar.

His other achievements include three Grammy Awards, three Golden Globes and six BAFTAs, amongst