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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


Cat’s Eyes’ Rachel Zeffira on The Mission

The Mission had a big impact on my life. It has 'Gabriel's Oboe', and that's why I play the oboe today. That piece is beautiful. The reason I like Morricone is the reason everyone likes him: it's just really moving music. People cry. Like Nino Rota, he's not scared of being sentimental or using emotion. He doesn't shy away. He really goes for the emotional kill. Some people will hum a melody and have a composer working for them, who will orchestrate bits and arrange and come back with a score. Morricone believes strongly that a composer is someone who writes the music, arranges it, conducts it and doesn't have a huge team of people helping. He'll hold off a chord change for as long as possible so that when it finally comes it's that much more effective.