A Tribute to Ennio Morricone
In what would have been Ennio Morricone’s 92nd birthday month we’re proud to present a tribute to the late composer. Morricone was born in Rome on November 10, 1928. His long artistic career began in 1946 when he received his trumpet diploma and in 1954 he received his diploma in Composition at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia under the guidance of Goffredo Petrassi.
His film career began six years later and between 1960 and 2013 Morricone scored over 450 films. His first Oscar nomination came in 1979 for his score to Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven. It was another eight years before he received his second nomination (for Roland Joffé’s The Mission) and he followed quickly with a third in 1988 for Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables (he won the BAFTA for all three) and we’re proud to present all three as part of our tribute.
In 1991 Morricone also picked up the BAFTA for his work on Cinema Paradiso, which opens our tribute season in a newly remastered version, and in 2007 was awarded an Honorary Oscar for his achievements in cinema.
Morricone’s influence is extraordinary. His music has entered the cultural lexicon in a manner rivalled, arguably, only by John Williams. His scores for The Mission, Once Upon A Time In America, The Good The Bad and The Ugly are as synonymous with TV commercials and compilation albums as they are for the films for which they were composed. While many casual filmgoers may not know the name, chances are they’ll know the music.
Happy birthday, maestro!