- 10 Nov 20
Morricone's symphonic scores back everything within the film realm, from westerns and romance to horror and sci-fi.
The iconic Italian composer Ennio Morricone, who died in July of this year, would’ve turned 92 today (November 10).
To mark the occasion, a new mini-documentary called Ennio Morricone: The Secrets Behind His Genius has been released on YouTube.
It features interviews with collaborators, who share nostalgic stories about the uber-talented Maestro.
A 27-song new collection called Morricone Segreto arrived last week, and includes seven previously unreleased songs that were recorded in the ’60s and ’70s.
Working in almost every genre, his melodies became more famous than many of the movies themselves.
His collaborations with Luciano Salce, beginning with Il Federale (The Fascist), established Morricone as a composer to watch.
Among his successes were Morricone's 'Come Maddalena' and 'Chi Mai' for Jerzy Kawalerowicz’s 1971 film Maddalena, later reused in the BBC drama series The Life and Times of David Lloyd George, and his 1960s Sergio Leone scores in the Dollars trilogy.
“The music is indispensable, because my films could practically be silent movies, the dialogue counts for relatively little, and so the music underlines actions and feelings more than the dialogue,” Leone has said.
His work on Leone’s 1984 film Once Upon a Time in America remains one of his best remembered.
Other projects he worked on include The Thing, The Battle of Algiers, Days of Heaven, The Untouchables, the La Cage aux Folles trilogy, The Sopranos, The Simpsons and The Mandalorian.
He sold more than 70 million albums worldwide, and won four Grammy awards and six Baftas along with his two Academy Awards.
Overall, Morricone scored over 520 screen projects, and has left an incredible legacy.
Watch the new mini-documentary below: