Ennio Morricone, Oscar winning Italian Film composer died at the age of 91. He had composed music for more than 500 films and television shows in a career that spanned more than 50 years . He worked with the director Sergio Leone and scored his six films including ‘The good, Bad and the Ugly’ and ‘Once Upon a Time in America’. He also composed classic scores for films such as ‘Days of Heaven’, ‘Bugsy’, ‘Cinema Paradise’, ‘The Untouchables’, ‘La Cage aux Folles’ and ‘Battle of Algiers’.
He had been a favourite of critics , directors and other composers. He was voted for the 1986 film ’The Mission’ as the best film score of all time in a 2012 variety poll. On his sixth Oscar nomination in 2016, he finally won a competitive Oscar for his score for Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight.’ The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences had awarded him an Honorary Oscar in 2007.
Besides the 500 original film scores that he had composed for several films and television series, his music is frequently reused in more than 150 other film projects. Morricone’s compositions appeared in the German TV series like ‘Derrick’, ‘Inspector Gadget’, ‘Ally McBeal’, ‘The Simpsons’, ‘The Sopranos’ and recently in ‘Dancing with the stars.’
In a BBC documentary about his life and work he said that the best film music is music that you can hear. Music you can’t hear, no matter how good, is bad film music.