Ennio Morricone

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10 November 1928, Rome, Italy. A distinguished and prolific composer, whose revolutionary scores for ‘spaghetti westerns’ helped make him one of the most influential figures in the film music world, Morricone has scored hundreds of films in a career stretching over 40 years. Morricone studied trumpet and composition at Rome’s Conservatory of Santa Cecilia, before becoming a professional writer and arranger of music for radio, television and the stage as well as the concert hall. During the 50s he wrote songs and arrangements for popular vocalist Gianni Morandi and he later arranged Paul Anka’s Italian hit ‘Ogni Volta’ (1964). Morricone’s first film score was for the comedy Il Federale (The Fascist) in 1961. Three years later he was hired by Sergio Leone to compose music for Per Un Pugno Di Dollari (A Fistful Of Dollars). Using the pseudonym Dan Savio, Morricone created a score out of shouts, cries and a haunting whistled phrase,...

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