Italian film composer Ennio Morricone dies aged 91

Mon 06 Jul 2020 at 19:51 International

NNA -

Ennio Morricone, the Oscar-winning Italian composer whose haunting scores to Spaghetti Westerns like “A Fistful of Dollars” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” helped define a cinematic era, died on Monday. He was 91.

 
FILE PHOTO: Italian composer Ennio Morricone arrives at the 79th Annual Academy Awards in

Morricone broke his femur 10 days ago and died at dawn in a clinic in Rome, his lawyer Giorgio Assumma told Reuters.

Outside the clinic, Assumma handed reporters a death notice written by the composer himself, beginning “I, Ennio Morricone, am dead.”

In a moving one-page text, Morricone thanked his close friends and family for their companionship, naming his children and grandchildren and saying “I hope they understand how much I loved them.”

He dedicated “the most painful goodbye” to his wife Maria Travia, whom he married in 1956, saying “to her I renew the extraordinary love that bound us together and that I am sorry to abandon.”

He said he wanted a private funeral because “I don’t want to disturb.”

Born in Rome in 1928, Morricone wrote scores for some 400 films but his name was most closely linked with the director Sergio Leone, with whom he worked on the Spaghetti Westerns as well as epic crime drama “Once Upon a Time in America”.

Morricone worked in almost all film genres — from horror to comedy — and some of his melodies are perhaps more famous than the films he wrote them for.

“We will forever remember, with infinite gratitude, the artistic genius of Maestro Ennio Morricone. He made us dream, moved us ... writing memorable notes that will be unforgettable in the history of music and cinema,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Twitter.--Reuters

 

=============== L.Y

Follow the latest National News Agency (NNA) news on Radio Lebanon 98.5, 98.1, and 96.2 FM

How to adopt good manners in the times of C...

NNA - AD Excellence shares the secrets of a “healthy" containment With the spread of

Sun 10 May 2020 at 10:07 Read more

UfM Secretary General declares state of cl...

Written by Rana Hajj Kamel: “It is important to turn climate emergency into an o

Mon 02 Dec 2019 at 14:26 Read more
  • NNA Services
  • Email Service
  • Mobile App
  • Responsive Website