Ennio Morricone…A Musical Titan

July 7, 2020
FilmInk has spoken about music with a lot of people over the years, and many of them have offered up the late, great Ennio Morricone as one of their aural touchstones.

Kram (Spiderbait)

“All the Ennio Morricone soundtracks are in my car stereo, and they will never leave.”

Whitt (Spiderbait)

When asked for his favourite movie score: “Anything that Ennio Morricone composed for Sergio Leone’s 1960’s westerns.”

Kiernan Box (Augie March)

When asked for his favourite movie score: “Once Upon A Time In America by Ennio Morricone.”

Mick Harvey (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds)

Once Upon A Time In The West is the corniest set-up imaginable, where every character has his own theme that plays on cue every time. Ennio Morricone’s whole score is fantastically ridiculous, but it still works. It really left a mark on me. A Pure Formality is also terrific.”

Claire Bowditch

“Ennio Morricone’s The Mission is amongst my favourite soundtracks.”

Ennio Morricone with his Oscar for The Hateful Eight.

Tim De Laughter (The Polyphonic Spree)

“Ennio Morricone’s The Good, The Bad And the Ugly has been a big influence. There are elements of that soundtrack that are just amazing. ‘The Strong’ is one of the songs on there that I used to open my shows with. The score is such an important part of a film, and the emotion of the film and what people get from it; to be able to have these different composers articulate their idea of how they see that scene in that moment is incredible. That collaboration is such a wonderful process.”

Sam Endicott (The Bravery)

“Ennio Morricone is definitely one of my favourite composers.”

Quentin Tarantino (Ennio Morricone scored his 2015 western The Hateful Eight)

“I resent when people call my scores needle drops. If they get called second hand scores, I always bristle, and I’m vaguely offended. But for whatever reason, this piece of material – and maybe it’s just my preciousness about it – deserved its own original score. It deserves its own theme that you could whistle or hum to yourself for the next fifty years. That’s why we got together with Ennio Morricone, and along with just the excitement of working with him, it ended up being a very gratifying experience. It was wonderful going to Prague and watching The Czech Philharmonic in the recording session.”

Click here for our feature about the making of The Hateful Eight.        


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