Ennio Morricone Dead at 91

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The Italian maestro composed influential scores for Sergio Leone, Terrence Malick, Quentin Tarantino, and tons of extra

Ennio Morricone
Ennio Morricone, November 2012 (Roberto Serra – Iguana Press/Redferns through Getty Images)

Ennio Morricone has died on the age of 91, Italian news media and The New York Times report. The Oscar–profitable Italian composer, whose spaghetti western soundtracks helped to outline the style, was hospitalized final week after he fell and fractured his femur, his lawyer instructed the Times. He died Monday morning (July 6) in Rome. As effectively as spectacular scores for Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood’s 1960s western classics, he produced landmark work throughout fashionable cinema, together with scores for Quentin Tarantino, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Terrence Malick, and Brian De Palma, amongst many others.

Morricone performed music from a younger age, incomes a trumpet diploma from Rome’s Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in 1946 and a diploma in composition from the conservatory eight years later. He scored his first characteristic movie, Luciano Salce’s Il federale, in 1961, earlier than connecting with spaghetti western director Sergio Leone for a number of iconic movies: A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), Once Upon a Time within the West (1968), and Duck, You Sucker! (1971). In 1984, Morricone rejoined Leone for one more basic, the gangster epic Once Upon a Time in America, starring Robert de Niro and James Woods.

Morricone scored some 500 genre-spanning movies—comedy, drama, horror, and extra. Among them are Exorcist II: The Heretic, John Carpenter’s The Thing, 1986’s The Mission, and his closing movie mission, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight.

Morricone was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score six occasions, profitable as soon as in a aggressive class, for The Hateful Eight in 2016. Before that, Morricone obtained an honorary Academy Award in 2007 for his “magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music.”

Morricone obtained the Grammy Trustees Award in 2014 and obtained seven Grammy nominations, profitable one, for The Untouchables in 1988, for Best Album of Original Instrumental Background Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television. Late in life, Morricone was pressured to cancel stay reveals over well being issues. The composer suffered a back injury in 2014 and, in 2016, canceled concerts in Rome resulting from a collapsed vertebrae.

Morricone was “one of a kind,” composer Hans Zimmer told BBC Breakfast on Monday morning. “His music was always outstanding and done with great emotional fortitude and great intellectual thought.”