Morricone, composing the way film director Barry Levinson describes it ….
Happy Birthday to Ennio Morricone who turns 90 today!
You may not know his name, but you’ve definitely heard his music, especially if you’re into films. Morricone is the man behind the music for “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, “The Mission”, “The Untouchables”, “Mission to Mars”, “Bugsy”, and countless others. He has even composed music for television campaigns for fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana. Along with many honours in his native Italy, he has received four Grammys and two Academy Awards, one honorary and the other, competitively. It was controversial that he didn’t win for “The Mission”, given Herbie Hancock’s win for “Round Midnight” comprised of mainly (excellent) arrangements of pre-existing music, whereas Morricone’s music was completely original. “There was a theft!” he boldly exclaimed in an interview with The Guardian.
Hollywood director Barry Levinson (“Bugsy”, “Disclosure”) said of Morricone’s method: “He doesn’t have a piano in his studio. I always thought with composers, you sit at the piano, and you try to find the melody. There’s no such thing with Morricone … He hears the orchestration completely done.” He composes in a wide variety of genres, be it music for its own sake or music in tandem with visuals, either as orchestrator or conductor. He is one of the greatest living composers today.
Ennio Morricone conducts the main theme of “The Mission” in this clip:
Ennio Morricone was born November 10, 1928 in Rome, and still resides there.