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Rest in peace Maestro Morricone, the composer of the soundtrack to the 20st century

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When you ask someone who the greatest filmcomposer of all times is, many would answer John Williams, and they'd have a point to. Mr Williams' music is iconic and beautiful, loved by all who love music. But there is - .... was - another composer with, in my opinion, just as much right to that honor.

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The Maestro, Ennio Morricone. Even if you don't know his name, you know his music.

Most famous for his work in Spaghetti westerns in the 1960s and 70s and his collaborations with Sergio Leone for some of the most iconic movies of all time with some of the most iconic soundtracks of all time.

But his music was so, so much more than that. He made music for action drama movies:

For gangster epics:

He even composed for Quentin Tarantino as recently as 2008:

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Even Metallica played Morricone's music:

The Maestro died from complications from a fall after struggling with health issues for the last few years. He was 91 years old. The word 'genius' is often used frivolously, but in this case, I think it does apply. He has composed over five hundred pieces of soundtrack music, including some of the most recognizable pieces ever written. Nominated for six oscars, finally winning one in 2006 for his overall contribution to film music. The Oscar was handed to him by Clint Eastwood.

A difficult man, often grumpy during interviews, demanded respect, wished to be addressed as 'Maestro', but with a resume like that I can forgive an old man his foibles.

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He was not just the soundtrack to my youth, but the soundtrack to the 20th century - certainly to the second half of it - and to film in general.

Only one other celebrity death has affected me like this one.

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Rest in peace, Maestro.

 

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May he rest in peace, I don't think there are many if any composers that could say they shaped a whole genre of films just by their music.

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Williams is known by everyone, deservedly so. But though Morricone probably isn’t as well known his music is absolutely iconic, defines a film era for sure.

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