Ennio Morricone: Italian of the Week

Feb 07, 2016 877

Ennio 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).

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