Ennio Morricone

The legendary soundtrack composer goes on tour, celebrating 60 years of music

Iconic, influential and prolific with over 500 film and TV scores and over 100 classical works, Ennio Morricone is easily the most recognizable film composer of all time. Rising to fame for his genre-defining (and often parodied) “spaghetti” western soundtracks for Sergio Leone, his works include A Fistful of Dollars, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and, Once Upon a Time in the West.

Unwilling to confine himself to a genre he shaped, he moved on to a distinguished career in Hollywood, penning emotive and intense scores for the likes of Roman Polanski, Oliver Stone, Warren Beatty, John Carpenter and Brian De Palma, while remaining a local favorite of Italian directors like Guiseppe Tornatore, Bernardo Bertolucci and horror king Dario Argento.

Ennio Morricone
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With musicians like Yo-Yo Ma topping the classical charts by playing his compositions – and not just the ones for film – Morricone has a varied discography that has earned him countless awards throughout the years, earning him a full shelf of Golden Globes, Grammies and BAFTAs. Receiving an honorary Academy Award in 2007, he followed up by earning one in competition, finally snagging Best Original Score in 2016 for Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight after multiple nominations over the years.

Not content to rest on his laurels, however, Morricone is now on a world tour to celebrate his 60 years in the business, backed by his frequent collaborators, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra – a rare treat from the now 88-year-old maestro.

February 8, 20:00, Stadthalle

 

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Jennifer Cornick
Jennifer Cornick is a contributor to METROPOLE and avid reader. When she isn't writing, she can be found in Vienna's English bookstores.

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