Remembering Ennio Morricone (1928 - 2020)

Some of the finest music to show up in the movies during the 1960 to 1980 period was composed by Ennio Morricone, who died earlier today. He was 91. Think about some of the themes from early Clint Eastwood cowboy movies, A Fistful of Dollars, for example. Below is a link to the Wikipedia entry for him and another to the theme from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

What’s your favorite?


Ennio Morricone, OMRI[1] (Italian: [ˈɛnnjo morriˈkoːne]; 10 November 1928 – 6 July 2020) was an Italian composer, orchestrator, conductor, and trumpet player who wrote music in a wide range of styles. Morricone composed over 400 scores for cinema and television, as well as over 100 classical works. His score to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) is considered one of the most influential soundtracks in history[2] and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.[3] His filmography includes over 70 award-winning films, all Sergio Leone’s films since A Fistful of Dollars, all Giuseppe Tornatore’s films since Cinema Paradiso, The Battle of Algiers, Dario Argento’s Animal Trilogy, 1900, Exorcist II, Days of Heaven, several major films in French cinema, in particular the comedy trilogy La Cage aux Folles I, II, III and Le Professionnel, as well as The Thing, The Mission, The Untouchables, Mission to Mars, Bugsy, Disclosure, In the Line of Fire, Bulworth, Ripley’s Game and The Hateful Eight.[4]

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Damn, he did a lot of great work over the years. Some of my all time favorite movies are among those. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, Once Upon a Time in the West and The Thing. He will be missed. RIP.