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Ennio Morricone RIP: 13 Artists And Writers On Their Favourite Morricone Compositions
Patrick Clarke , July 6th, 2020 13:51

As news breaks that the prolific and acclaimed composer Ennio Morricone has sadly died at the age of 91, we compile a Baker's Dozen of artists and writers on their favourite work by Il Maestro, from Jane Weaver and Blanck Mass to Årabrot and Rachel Zeffira


Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley on Mondo Morricone

Italian soundtracks were a mysterious world to me. I always heard that there were amazing Morricone scores, but outside of the Spaghetti Westerns I'd never heard them. I remember going to a shop called 53 Dean Street which was a soundtrack specialist and thinking, where on earth do I start? So that's one thing a good compilation should do - open up doors. This came out in the mid-nineties, and I couldn't believe what I heard. The melodies are simple, subtle, Morricone does it all with so little and makes it sound so easy - those shifts in mood and tempo, and often with the same three-note motif all the way through. I'm sure it did come easily to him - he was writing around 20 soundtracks a year in the early seventies.