Ennio Morricone

Today we’re paying tribute to Ennio Morricone who’s death was announced yesterday.

Sadly, despite composing the score for over 500 films and TV shows, Morricone is probably best known for his music for the Spaghetti Westerns directed by his friend Sergio Leone.

Morricone was born in Rome on 10 Nov 1928. His father was a jazz trumpeter, and encouraged his son to take up the instrument at an early age; Morricone was writing short compositions by the time he was six.
He attended the Santa Cecilia Conservatory, where he became classmates with Leone, with whom he would later form one of the great director/composer partnerships.

His first love was scoring classical pieces but, in order to make a living, he began composing background music for radio drama.
He later turned his hand to film scores, but none of them made much impact until his old college friend asked him to write the soundtrack for Per Un Pugno di Dollari (A Fistful of Dollars).

The rest, as they say, was history…