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Ennio Morricone’s Top Scores Ranked, from ‘The Battle of Algiers’ to ‘The Hateful Eight’

Ennio Morricone’s Top Scores Ranked, from ‘The Battle of Algiers’ to ‘The Hateful Eight’

“Music is an experience, not a science.” — Ennio Morricone

Hollywood is reeling at the death of composer Ennio Morricone, who died unexpectedly on July 6 at age 91. In the global film community, he’s as revered as any screen composer from Nino Rota and Bernard Herrmann to John Williams and Hans Zimmer, who credits “Once Upon a Time in the West” for inspiring him to become a film composer. “Ennio taught me that the simplest, purest and honest melody is the hardest,” tweeted Zimmer.

Rip. Morricone. An artist who changed everything. Yes, appropriating elements of jazz & rock & electronica in film scores but at the same time, asserting a level of romantic expression & assertiveness that had almost entirely vanished from soundtracks when he burst on scene. https://t.co/ybdKKuT34R

— Mangold (@mang0ld) July 6, 2020

Arguably Morricone’s greatest scores were for director Sergio Leone, with whom he went to elementary school.

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