Ennio Morricone: Italian of the Week

Ennio_Morricone_Cannes_2007Ennio Morricone was born in Rome, Italy, on November 10, 1928. His father was a musician and he encouraged musical careers for all his children. Ennio was no exception. The young boy took up the trumpet and entered the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia when he was 12 years old. He graduated from the Conservation with a Diploma in Trumpet (1946), a Diploma in Instrumentation for Band Arrangement (1952) and a Diploma in Composition (1954).

By the late 1950s, Ennio was working for RAI and RCA-Italy arranging music. His first film composition was for the movie Il Federale, directed by Luciano Salce, in 1961. He began his historic partnership with spaghetti western director Sergio Leone in 1964 when Ennio was hired to score A Fistful of Dollars. The two continued working together on the movies For a Few Dollars More (1965), The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966), Once Upon a Time in The West (1968) and A Fistful of Dynamite (1971).

MorriconeAll in all, the Maestro has composed the score for over 450 different films. He has been honored and nominated for numerous awards. So far, Ennio has been nominated for 8 Golden Globes (winning 3), 5 Grammy Awards (winning 3), 6 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards (winning 5, 1 award pending), 13 Nastro d’Argento nominations (winning 11), and 6 Academy Awards including this year for The Hateful Eight. He received an Honorary Academy Award in 2007 for his career achievements.

Even though Ennio’s career has spanned over 60 years, the composer has no plans to slow down. Maestro has a tour planned for 2016 and he has plans to compose music for films made around the world.

Sources: Ennio Morricone: Official Website, Rolling Stone Magazine, Fandango: Ennio Morricone Biography

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