Morricone was awarded the Oscar Academy Award 2016 for Best Original score, for The Hateful Eight while Working with Tarantino proved to be quenched best.
He had been nominated for an Oscar five times, but always went home bare handed, except for an honorary Oscar in 2007 for his life’s work.
Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza wrote on Twitter: “Adieu maestro, and thank you for the emotions you gave us.”
Iconic mastero composer, Ennio Morricone remained “fully lucid and with great dignity right until the end” and said goodbye to “his beloved wife Maria”, the statement said.
Italy’s Oscar-winning composer born musician, Ennio Morricone has died, aged 91, best known internationally as the composer behind the instantly recognizable melodies from “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and “Once Upon a Time in the West,” has died on Monday in a Rome hospital of complications following a fall, in which he broke a leg.
He composed an estimated 500 scores for film and TV over more than 50 years. Italian maestro Ennio Morricone became a legend with the soundtracks he created for the so-called Spaghetti Westerns of the 1960s.
Hollywood tried to lure him to the US countless times. He was even offered a mansion once, entirely for free but Ennio Morricone declined. He had recently admitted he didn’t speak English, and felt that at his age, it was too late to learn. As he said, he was a Roman at heart.
Early life of Ennio Morricone was born on November 10, 1928, in the Italian capital. His father Mario, a trumpet player, realized early on that his son was also musically talented.
Ennio started composing music at age six, and was enrolled at the conservatory when he was 12. He first learned to play the trumpet — following his father’s advice, who argued that his own talent fed his family well. Ennio later studied composition, graduating in two instead of the usual four years: a natural-born talent.
The young musician played the trumpet in jazz clubs, then landed jobs with theaters and in the record industry. Finally the RAI Televisione TV broadcaster employed him to arrange songs for, among others, Mario Lanza, the tenor whose roles in Hollywood movies made him famous worldwide in the 1950s.
Ennio Morricone, strapped for cash, thought writing film music might be a good idea but he refused to apply for a job in the film industry. “I felt a filmmaker should ask me because he liked what I write,” he once said, and that is exactly what happened.
1961, the 33-year-old wrote the soundtrack for an entire film for the first time: Luciano Salce’s Il Federale. His international breakthrough followed three years later, with his worldfamous soundtrack for Sergio Leone’s For a Fistful of Dollars starring Clint Eastwood, an unknown actor at the time. Leone also asked his old school buddy Morricone to write the music for the 1966 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and two years later, Once Upon a Time in the West.
Morricone composed music for Roman Polanski (Frantic), John Carpenter (The Thing) and Brian de Palma (All the President’s Men). Films including 1900 by Bernardo Bertolucci, Roland Joffe’s drama Mission, Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso and Henri Verneuil’s Mafia epos The Sicilian Clan unmistakably bear his musical signature.
Morricone wrote for Quentin Tarantino, too: Kill Bill, Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained — but it wasn’t til The Hateful Eight that Morricone consented to a soundtrack for an entire film because “Tarantino never stopped asking.” Convinced by an enthusiastic director, Morricone nevertheless laid down the rules: “I get to see the final version of the film before I can even think about the music, let alone write it.”