Genius, Legend, the Maestro… Ennio Morricone.
Another great artist has passed away and the world will remember him with great affection.
Ennio Morricone, a great musician and composer who made the history of cinema, died at 92 in Rome, Italy, in July 2020.
For me, Ennio Morricone represents an artist to be proud of for being part of the same culture and country as me, Italy.
I remember times when I was so excited to watch western movies. I know today it sounds crazy but I was a big fan of John Wayne … I was around 12 years old and didn’t miss one of his films…but the Italian western films from Sergio Leone, with the music of his classmate Ennio Morricone were at another level. Together they were able to create such tension. As I grew up I forgot about John Wayne but I discovered many other layers of beauty in Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone films. The association of sounds was so unique in the music and gave such a strength to the scenes, they were masterpieces that I was able to appreciate even more while developing my creative passions and abilities like visual art and photography.
His music is linked to many memories of films I saw as a child and again as an adult but he is so much more.
The news of his death spread all over the world and many musicians celebrated his legacy by playing his most famous and incredible pieces.
Ennio Morricone is considered one of the most, if not the most, iconic and influential film composers of the last 70 years. With over 400 scores for cinema and television as well as more than 100 classical works (according to Wikipedia) to his name, one could easily suggest that he was also the most prolific composer of all time.
Upon his passing in July 2020, artists and musicians from the likes of Justin Vernon, New Order, Massive Attack, Chance the Rapper, Metallica, Hans Zimmerman, and many more spoke out to pay tribute to their late musical hero calling him the “master or melody,” “timeless,” and “ the composer who changed the sound of cinema.”