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Ennio Morricone

Postby Dirty Old Yank » Mon Jul 06, 2020 12:24 pm

91 is good innings...nevertheless his passing is very sad news indeed.
His is CV is obviously far too long to include here (over 500 productions)
...and most of us won’t have the opportunity to enjoy his numerous scores
for Italian telly, which is a shame. I’ll always remember him best for
“Once Upon A Time In The West” (1969), “The Mission” (1986),
“Cinema Paradiso” (1990), but most especially for my favorite…
John Carpenter’s “The Thing” (1982). Much of that film has no music,
…yet Morricone’s score is so deeply distressing that you can’t forget it.
I was fortunate enough to see The Thing in its original theatrical release
and remember thinking, “This is the same guy that scored Sergio Leone’s
1960’s Western pictures? Wow!” Understated with microtones and plucked
instruments (reminiscent of Krzysztof Penderecki*) painting the inevitable
fate of the 12 players stranded in the Antarctic, brilliantly expressing
H. P. Lovecraft’s fiction which inspired the 1938 novella and the
original 1951 film. Not all of the films he scored were first
rate, but Ennio's music frequently lifted those
pictures out of obscurity.

* I've just now read that one of my favorite orchestral composers,
Krzysztof Penderecki, passed on in March of this year.
But that'll require an entirely different obit.
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