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Composer Ennio Morricone dies at 91 and leaves a heartfelt message

The Italian Oscar-winning composer went into surgery after a fall that caused him to break a leg bone. Complication in surgery led to his death. His long-time lawyer read the heartfelt message outside the hospital in Rome.

  • Ennio Morricone created the iconic theme for the western classic The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
  • His compositions were also featured in Hollywood gangster movies such as The Untouchables and the epic Once Upon A Time In America.
  • Click on the video below for the best of the Italian composer, you are sure to recognize more than a few of his compositions.

Morricone won an Oscar for lifetime achievement in 2007, and boy has he achieved  things throughout his career! He collaborated with Hollywood and Italian directors such as Brian De Palma's The Untouchables, Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight and Giuseppe Tornatore's Cinema Paradiso.

His theme score for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in 1967 earned him an Oscar

In 2016 the composer won an Oscar for best original score with Tarantino's film The Hateful Eight. Might we remind you the director never used an original score before. This was Morricone's sixth nomination and second Oscar Award. At that time the Italian composer said “There is no great music without a great film that inspires it.” In a much earlier interview with the Associated Press in 2004 Morricone stated inspiration doesn't exist “What exists is an idea, a minimal idea that the composer develops at the desk, and that small idea becomes something important.” 

Composer Ennio Morricone and director Quentin Tarantino

The composer always remained humble. He produced the score for over 400 films and once said that study, discipline and curiosity are the key to his creative genious. Italy’s head of state, President Sergio Mattarella, said Morricone “contributed greatly to spreading and reinforcing the prestige of Italy in the world.”

Morricone has produced over 400 film scores throughout his career

The message his long-time lawyer read after his death said: "I am Ennio Morricone, and I am dead,” began the message. In the greeting, the composer went on to explain that the only reason he was saying goodbye this way and had requested a private funeral was: “I don’t want to bother anyone.”

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