Prolific Composer Ennio Morricone Left a Massive Legacy
Chances are that, until Monday (July 6), you wouldn’t have recognized the name Ennio Morricone, but almost everyone knows at least a few of his famous compositions. After his time as a musician, he began to write scores at the age of 27, and over the course of the next 65 years he would create the music for more than 500 films and television shows and more than 100 classical compositions.
Perhaps you’ve seen La Cage aux Folles (I, II & III), Once Upon a Time in America, The Untouchables, In the Line of Fire, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, Two Mules for Sister Sara, The Exorcist, Red Sonja, and many, many others of the films he scored. He is often sampled as well, his music appearing in many television shows such as Ally McBeal and The Sopranos.
But he is best known for the Spaghetti Westerns made by Sergio Leone. Here are the themes from the big three. First, from 1964, A Fist Full of Dollars.
Then, the tell-tale whistle that defined 1965’s For a Few Dollars More.
And then the movie theme everyone knows: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966).
Thank you, Maestro! Your music will live on in our hearts!