Ennio Morricone, the Italian composer best known for scoring the likes of Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and John Carpenter’s The Thing, has died at the age of 91.
Morricone passed away in a clinic in Rome several days after breaking his femur, according to the Guardian, who confirmed the death via his lawyer.
It’s difficult to overstate just how massive Morricone’s contribution was to film and television. His IMDb page has 520 credits, running right the way through from the early 1960s to the present day.
Morricone scored some of the most famous movies of all time, including Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Western trilogy, Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven, and Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Original Score.
Since the news of his death broke, filmmakers, creatives, and celebrities have already taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the legend.
Where to even begin with iconic composer Ennio Morricone? He could make an average movie into a must see, a good movie into art, and a great movie into legend. He hasn’t been off my stereo my entire life. What a legacy of work he leaves behind. RIP. https://t.co/qZX6qE10ke
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— edgarwright (@edgarwright) July 6, 2020
Shocked to know Ennio Morricone has passed away.. RIP.
I just bought the OST of “The Legend of 1900”.
I used his music “Here’s To You” sing by Joan Baez for MGS V: Ground Zeroes, the song used in the film “Sacco e Vanzetti”. pic.twitter.com/NlBELRvxfz
— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) July 6, 2020
Morricone’s music extended beyond his prolific film and TV work. He also composed the 1978 FIFA World Cup theme, and has conducted live orchestras at a number of large venues across the globe.
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