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Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone



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Born: November 10, 1928 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Italy Profession: Music ...


There have been persistent (but erroneous) rumors that Morricone and composer Nicola Piovani are one and the same. This information has appeared in print several times in sources ranging from the 1981 book-length study of film music "Keeping Score" to a filmography in the August 1989 Premiere by John Clark to "The Encyclopedia of Film". It has been refuted by the usually reliable Film Dope and Fabiano Canosa, the film director of the Public Theater. In 1999, Piovani won an Oscar for composing the score to "La Vita E Bella/Life Is Beautiful" and in press interviews once again addressed the false rumor.

"With a film score, I'm concerned with the needs of the director, with public taste and with bourgeois culture. With symphonic music, I'm free." --Ennio Morricone on why he works on choral pieces between his film work, quoted in Time Out New York, October 7-14, 2000.

Morricone on his legendary score for "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly": "I knew Leone was making a Western parody. It was a picaresque film, with characters that were caricatures and paradoxical behavior. He told me what he was doing and I knew what he wanted. He didn't ask for anything I didn't even read the script." --to Daily News, January 21, 2001.

"Especially in America, there is a feeling among producers and directors that a film has a greater chance if there is a song. It isn't their fault. It is the fault of radio, because radio will only play a song, not instrumental music. But I think it is a mistake." --Morricone on the dying art of film scores, to Daily News, January 21, 2001.

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